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I’m more of a pure green/oolong drinker but wanted to step outside my comfort zone and (not to sound cliche but) “boy, am I glad I did!!!” This black tea (which is a fully oxodized green tea – rather like a wolf in sheeps clothing in a good way) surprised me with its hot chocolate aroma and full, but not overwhelming, flavor. Due to its enticing aroma, this would make an excellent after dinner tea for anyone who has a sweet tooth and craves dessert after mealtime but doesn’t want the extra calories. This tea just went on my re-order list. and
I should begin by telling you that I am an avid wine drinker but drinking wine at 9 am is generally frowned upon, even by me so I recently began exploring the world of teas. With my wine “training”, the “nose” ( fragrance ) of the tea is a big deal. In my opinion, the aroma either enhances or detracts from the teas actual flavor. This morning, my toughest decision was which of the new teas I just ordered did I want to taste first? (I love the new “flights” or sampler size packets available from the Tribute Tea Company out of Chicago -so much so that I just received about 14 new teas to try!). Anyway, this morning I opted for a green tea called Dragon Crisp and may I just say, I may not get out of my pajamas today!! . WOW, WOW, WOW, this tea is crazy good!!!! When I tore open the packet, I immediately smelled buttered popcorn or freshly simmered basmati/jasmine rice. It smelled so good that I nibbled on a few pieces to see if my nose was playing tricks on me – it wasn’t. While the aroma may be playful, the taste is pure adult bliss. This tea is a must/will buy again as soon as I finish writing this review. WOW, WOW, WOW.
This particular Da Hong Pao — a legend among legendary Chinese teas — is definitely a lower roast that most others… which seems to deliver a bouquet of various fruits, hard to even say which (maybe apple, cherry, peach, apricot, stone fruits?)… It’s a very popular and easy drinker for newer tea drinkers. My parents and grandparents love it, you really can’ t go wrong!
Flavors: Apricot, Dates, Honey, Peach, Plums, Stewed Fruits, Stonefruits
A fine transition for curious Puerh drinkers between the potency and raw vegetal notes of a sheng and the earthier, mellowed smooth notes of a decades-aged puerh leaf. I definitely recommend short infusions and many… I can get 10-12 without much loss of potency, frequently more.
Flavors: Earth, Leather, Pine, Seaweed, Stewed Fruits, Stonefruits, Sweet Potatoes, Wood
At first whif, I expected somewhat of a tobacco note but when brewing, I swear I detected the aroma of boiled lobster (wishful thinking on my part?)and then once in my cup,, if this were a wine, I would say “leather”. Either way, this could become my everyday tea. I confess I am struggling to get the right water temperature so since my water was not as hot as I wanted, I let the leaves steep longer than recommended resulting in a slight tartness, not unpleasant but will be interesting to compare with a cup properly prepared.
This is my favorite anytime tea. It is pleasantly nutty and slightly roasted in flavor, hot or cold. As an experiment, I put some leaves in a cup of water in the fridge and let it cold brew overnight. The next day I had an amazing iced tea and none of the flavors/tasting notes had been compromised. Da Hong Bao is always harmonious to the palate— neither bitter or astringent, but rather a tad sweet with a clean, smooth aftertaste. I think it pairs well with any food, expanding and rounding out flavors. Also a great after dinner cup of tea!
I started drinking puerh teas for the reported health benefit (high cholesterol runs in our family) but now drink it for the full, complex flavours and THIS tea is hearty and delicious. I admit, however, that the bouquet is not my favorite – very “seaweedy” but the flavor is bold and absolutely delicious.