328 Tasting Notes
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.
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.
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.