I’ve read a few things suggesting this tea has cinnamon notes, however, I did not detect any cinnamon aroma or flavor. The liquor grows deeper in color throughout steeping and holds a nice honey brown color. The flavor was quite nice. I found it similar to my Oriental Beauty in the sweet cereal flavor but my tongue was left with a pleasant banana 回甘。 The aroma I picked up was that of roasted nuts and vanilla.
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Prep: (gongfu; yixing pot)
My preference to oolongs tends to lean towards lighter oolongs, although Da Hong Pao is one my favorite teas.
Liquor has a nice honey/brown color. Aroma is reminiscent of hot wort (toasted malts, cereal) and the flavor for that matter is very similar. The malty notes carried through each sip nicely and left my palate with a enjoyable sweet “hui gan”