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My previous experience with loose leaf Wulong teas has been limited to Tie Guan Yin and Taiwan teas, but after reading about Da Hong Pao teas I was very curious to try them. Thus JK Tea shop’s free sample was a very nice treat.

I have to say I am now a big Da Hong Pao fan! I followed JK Tea shops brewing instructions, but unfortunately I had to use a glass pot since my Yixing pot broke :(

The dry leaves have a sweet, slightly smoky fragrance that for some strange reason reminds me of brown sugar. Strange, I know…

I steeped the first batch of tea for 25 seconds. The tea came out looking clear, bright and golden-orange. The scent that I originally got from the dry leaves was even stronger coming from the tea itself. It had a sweet, candy-caramel like taste as it first hit my mouth with a veeeerrry slight bitter note at the end.

For the second batch, I steeped it for around 30 seconds and there was less of a sugary fragrance and a little more smoke. The sweet taste became more pronounced and was a good combination with the hint of smoke.

I could smell more of the floral fragrance with the third steep, (around 40 seconds) and a little less of the sweet fragrance. The taste was a little more floral and less sweet.

The succeeding steeps had progressively lighter tastes and fragrances.

Overall, one of the best Wulong teas I’ve had so far, and a nice way to get introduced to Da Hong Pao tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
JK Tea Shop

Yixing pot or Gaiwan can have better taste, because of the heat concentration. Probably you can try next time with the Gaiwan or Yixing pot.

ShanghaiedFlip ^_^

Sadly, I used up all of this tea already :( Hopefully I can try the Zhengyan Da Hong Pao tea with a Yixing pot when I get back from Ningbo this weekend.

JK Tea Shop

i c. Normally for me, I brew 7grams per Gaiwan or Yixing pot. Not sure how many grams you brew ?

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JK Tea Shop

Yixing pot or Gaiwan can have better taste, because of the heat concentration. Probably you can try next time with the Gaiwan or Yixing pot.

ShanghaiedFlip ^_^

Sadly, I used up all of this tea already :( Hopefully I can try the Zhengyan Da Hong Pao tea with a Yixing pot when I get back from Ningbo this weekend.

JK Tea Shop

i c. Normally for me, I brew 7grams per Gaiwan or Yixing pot. Not sure how many grams you brew ?

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