Da Hong Pao

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195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec 7 g 252 oz / 7453 ml

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A roasted, honeyed Oolong from the Wuyi Mountains in Fujian province. According to legend, a very ill nobleman was lost in the mountains when some poor villagers fed him a brew made from the leaves of a revered tree. He quickly regained his health and was so impressed that he took off his brilliant red robe and hung it on the tree to indicate its power. It’s said that all Da Hong Pao tea bushes can still be traced back to that original tree.

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41 tasting notes

I had this tea on a winter afternoon at Dobra. It was a lovely version of the Big Red Robe. Not roasted as dark as one would think. That was the really nice part…it had all of the nice warming characteristics of a heavily roasted tea from Wuyishan Mountain while maintaining all of the interesting notes of lilac common to a much greener Oolong. All around very nice indeed. Steeped 10+ times and was still going just fine. Well done Dobra!

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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16 tasting notes

I hate to over-inflate ratings, but this tea is well-deserving. I originally ordered this tea on a whim about a year ago because it was pretty cheap for how much tea you received (think of it like a loose-leaf Arizona tea). The Tea Blag swears by this tea as if sweet baby /t/sus made it with his own two hands.

The tea looks like honey (there are pictures in the full review for proof). It has a great malty smell that kind of reminds me of a good brown ale or stout. And once you taste this stuff, you’ll realize it’s fairly smooth and has a lot of honey and nutty overtones. There’s rarely any dust as you continue to re-steep the tea.

Pro tip: we at The Tea Blag add a little honey to each new brew. That way, as the malty-ness of the tea disappears (after 5+ steeps, mwahaha), you’re left with a tea that’d do pretty well for deserts.

Full review here: http://theteablag.blogspot.com/2011/01/this-t-could-be-savior-of-middle-east.html

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45 tasting notes

Had a pot of this at the Asheville Dobra tea house, flavor came thru very well over three infusions. It had a classic Oolong taste with a roasted flavor. Very Dark, smooth and easy to drink. Dobra is a nice place to sit & chat over a cup of tea.

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108 tasting notes

My favorite tea so far. the perfect balance of smokey and sweet. nice and dark but not too dark.

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108 tasting notes

Greatly comforting. Soothes the digestion on a hot and humid day just as well as it warms the body in the winter. Roasted to a sweetness that lingers on the tongue until dissolving into a hundred patches of dry warmth. Dark red in the cup (true to its name). The musty aroma of the wet leaves has a high note of a damp autumn day. Just the thing to prepare for a coming adventure.

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22 tasting notes

I’ve only had the Da Hong Pao from Dobra a couple times, but it’s a great tea. Definitely unique for an oolong, it has a deep red color and a complex, earthy flavor. It almost reminds me more of a puerh than an oolong in this respect. A very nice tea for late fall/early winter nights.

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

Bought a couple of ounces of this during a recent visit to Dobra and I like it more and more with each new cup. Such a nice, mellow roast with so much depth of flavor. Quickly becoming a personal favorite.

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11 tasting notes

3 years ago, this was the first Oolong I ever tried. I was told to put down my Green Tea, and brew some of this for it would warm my soul on a cold Maine afternoon. And it did. Now 3 years later, when I’ve finally returned to Tea again, I decided to pick up where I left off.

This is good stuff. I do indeed feel like I’m wearing a Big Red Robe. If steeps are layers, this robe is around 5.5 layers deep…

Wanted to add, that it does really well Grandpa style too!

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

Dobra was the introducer of tea to me. Love what they do and the atmosphere they provide is second to none. Would love to go back, but I am about 5 hours from Burlington,VT. They lack in the puerh department and make up for it very nicely with other extravagant offers.

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14 tasting notes

I chanced upon Dobra tea while visiting Asheville. I was surprised by their really decent selection. This was the only tea I tried and was again impressed by its quaility. The staff was great and was very tolerant of my two year old son running all over the teahouse and playing in the fountains. I will definitly be back next time i’m in asheville.

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2 tasting notes

One of the first teas ive ever had..Delicious!

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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3 tasting notes

I have some really old Da Hong Pao that I’m drinking right now, so any review I make would not really be accurate. However, it’s still pretty tasty. Slightly smokey, rich, and mellow. Holds up to many infusions.

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