Aged Da Hong Pao "Big Red Robe"

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From The Fragrant Cup

From the actual cliffs of the famous WuYi Mountains, this Yan Cha (cliff tea) has all the aspects of a traditionally made Da Hong Pao without the harshness of a newly smoked tea. Aged since 2002, this tea has since mellowed out giving a smooth texture without losing its bold taste. Da Hong Pao, the most famous wulong tea, has risen in popularity so much so that it is hard to find real Da Hong Pao actually grown on the cliffs. Brought to you at an outstanding price, this tea will not disappoint, especially wulong lovers.

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This is another sample given to me by Eric Glass, the owner of The Fragrant Cup, a Tea Importer here in St. Louis.

It’s a ridiculously amazing day outside, clear skies, 75 degrees. I should be riding my Harley, but I’ve had students all day & have been sipping this tea, gongfu style, for most of the afternoon. Right now I have a bit of a break, & have been contemplating the re-arranging of my Studio & watering my abundant house plant. I was pleased to see that a few of the fruits on my Kumquat tree are starting to turn orange. It will still be at least a few weeks before they are ready to eat, and I just get to eat one here & there, but that’s nice because I don’t take them for granted, each one is a special treat.

This is a really nice bold brew. The flavor & aroma are both lightly floral, with a roasty kind of taste. There was initially a unusual sensation in the center of my tongue, and after several steepings I got that buttery feeling around the edges & under my tongue, kind of a sparkling sensation. I’m not always good at describing flavors: There’s a little chocolate, a little orange peel, maybe some cinnamon, and there is a deep fruitiness, & I keep thinking I should try adding some Elderberries to my cup. I love elderberry tea, for the taste, and for the medicinal value, & I think I may go ahead and mix some into my Gaiwan, just for the heck of it. Or not…

Oh Joy! The mail came & I just got packages from TeaVivre and Verdant!

Invader Zim

I just got a package from Verdant today too!

Terri HarpLady

I’m dying to dive into those new teas, but they will have to wait until tomorrow…(sigh)…

Invader Zim

Same here, it’s too late to really dig into the new teas :(

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