I bought this one a few months ago. Then put it aside when I decided I did not like rooibos/honeybush. Made it yesterday and wow! This is naturally sweet and tastes like a smooth pina colada. A definite winner and makes it reconsider my honeybush ban (still the rooibos ban is in effect).
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Wow! This is a wonderful Da Hong Pao! I bought/tried this one at the same time as Harney and Sons version. Well, when I opened the aluminum package for H&S the fragrance was mild but The JK Tea Shop’s version: the fragrance was overpowering! This Da Hong Pao has subtle toasty flavors, like a smoky caramel. The H&S pales in comparison- perhaps it is not as fresh. This tea is shipped directly from China so perhaps this is the difference…
This tea is so full of flavor and depending on steeping conditions and temperature of the tea when I drink it, the flavors seems to subtle-ly change. Always there is the pop of raisin /grape. But sometimes, I get a whiff of butter and other times a whiff (but barely of cinnamon). Lately, I have decided to quit adding sugar to tea (or at least not so much or frequently), but this is one flavored tea that does not need any sugar at all to bring out the flavors.
Banana flavor still present in the second steep….
This is a delightful banana flavored tea. The banana flavor is natural and light . The oolong is mildly vegetative but not overly so. The tea ‘s has a lite flavor. And even better news: no sugar at at all is needed to bring out the banana flavors. The vendor claimed cocoa powder was added but I did not detect any chocolate flavor. Hmmm..maybe Dr.Tea’s mocha tea blended w/this one would be delicious.
First, I have to admit I have been steeping this one too long. The consensus is 1 min and I have been steeping for 3 mins! Luckily my tea did not go bitter……the overall taste is a pleasant smokiness. Not a burn your mouth w a campfire tar taste like some lapsang souchongs but subtle and pleasant. As the tea cooled, some cocoa notes were detected which took me off guard. I want to try this tea again w shorter steep times and maybe it will be even better.
I had this tea Last nite and Florence Wed. …..this one was the hands-down winner . This just has a full bodied cocoa flavor….
If you are a lover of semi-sweet chocolate- well more like a Lindt chocolate bar with 70% or maybe even 90% cocoa, then this is a tea for you. This vendor roasts his own oolongs like a coffee beans and then sprinkles the roasted oolong w/cocoa powder, to give this a bitter sweet chocolate flavor. Not sure if the chocolate flavor will remain present in multiple steepings but the first steep is wonderful.
What a delightful and unusual oolong. I have been into oolongs lately as they seem naturally sweet and can be resteeped many times.
This vendor, Dr. Tea , roasts his oolongs in a process similar to coffee beans and voila! with an addition of some vanilla and other flavorings- this really tastes like coffee. I am quite suprised that more folks here have not tried this vendor’s unique product!!!!
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Thanks to Ashmanra for this sample! This was a light and pleasant tea- I was not suprised to learn that it was a blend of Chinese tea. However, as I would typically drink this in the morning, I may prefer a bolder blend to start my day….I still have some left so I need to give it a try one more time…
Just like the description reads- orangey and creamy. Very good. And the darjeeling taste comes thru..
I have grown to really appreciate this tea. This holds up well to multiple infusions – which is quite convenient at work using Puritea’s personal tea kettle. It is warm and toasty. Cannot get bitter even if you let it steep to long. No need for sugar. When I first tried this one, I did not use enough tea leaves to water, and the tea tasted too mild. Now that I have mastered the steeping parameters, I really like this one. So I am upping the rating and am considering a purchase!
This oolong lasted 5 infusions. Naturally sweet and this is one w a discernible flavor and no background vegetative taste. My favorite so far….
Tastes like a big juicy blueberry! More sweet than tart! With milk, does seem like I am eating a gooey danish.
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Finally!! I have tried the following oolongs w/no satisfaction: milk oolong from Puritea, Plum Oolong from Teas, Etc. , Chicago Tea Gardens competition grade, and Upton’s Formosan oolong. Either they seemed tasteless or too subtle or too vegetative- but finally! This is an oolong that I like.
As it is more highly oxidized- that could be the trick- to bring out the flavors. But there is a subtle floral flavor in this – almost like rosewater- really rosewater- But do not be wary if you don’t like jasmine or other perfumed teas- this is quite a subtle, subtle , sophisticated flavor.
This tea has a drying/astringent feel to the mouth but nothing that requires sugar or milk to conceal. As soon as I opened the screw top tin, a floral aroma wafted to my nose- (and I am not sensitive to smells)…
But this is very wonderful! And I am quite suprised I am the first to review this one on Steepster….
Personally, this oolong is not for me. It has a vegetative flavor w/a creamy mouth feel….Just not a fan- I won’t even rate it as this seems to be a popular oolong…
Still love this blend and it is one of my fave dessert teas- the assam and caramel- perfect!!!
Gosh- thanks again to Ashmanra for this sample- this is one I will definitely reorder….The blend is perfect – as the assam provides some boldness and keemum is rounds this one out….
This is a fairly strong and intense yunnan. It definitely benefits from some added sugar. With the addition of sugar, I can detect some cocoa notes midway thru the sip. Like unsweetened cocoa…not as cocoa-ey as Dawn- but promising….
Thanks to Ashmanra for this sample!
For a relatively strong lapsang, this one had some sweet undertones .. but the smoky flavors are powerful. Certainly not like a raging campfire like most..but a tad strong for me in the sweltering heat down in Louisiana. Regardless of my personal opinions, this is a great lapsang option for someone who would like a powerful smoky tea w/o any icky tar flavors….