Old Fir Da Hong Pao

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Oolong Tea
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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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  • “Last night I was grumpy after getting a notice from my Landlord that the rent is going up. I can't lie, I'm glad I am all stocked up on tea for a while, because my tea budget is about to go down....” Read full tasting note
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  • “This tea is a rarer version of da hong pao, and the price reflects both this fact and the exquisite quality of the tea. The scent of the dry leaves differs subtly from Harney's less expensive...” Read full tasting note
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    LuTeatius 39 tasting notes

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This is a very traditional Da Hong Pao from the Wuyi Mountains of China’s Fujian Province. It was finished over charcoal in the traditional manner, so it is has smokey notes mixed with the fruity flavors of a Wuyi oolong.

Briskness 1 Body 2 Aroma 4

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Last night I was grumpy after getting a notice from my Landlord that the rent is going up. I can’t lie, I’m glad I am all stocked up on tea for a while, because my tea budget is about to go down. Having a bit of disposable income was fun, but living in San Francisco is challenging me at the moment.

Anyway, wuyi oolongs are some of my favorite, so i thought I would have this today. Da Hong Pao means “Big Red Robe” in Chinese

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_Hong_Pao

I have a few wu yi teas but the description of this just intrigued me. Right after steeping, the dark thick leaves have a roasted coffee like aroma, due to the fact that the leaves are roasted over charcoal.

The tea liquor is a very light reddish brown. At first sip it seems almost unassuming, but as the tea settles onto your palette, amazing flavors of charcoal and plums appear, with a sweet, lingering finish like that of brown sugar or caramel. This tea is memorable, it really stays with you for a while. I had two steeps of it at work the other day and was very impressed with it.

I had a second steep with slightly less hot water. An aroma of molasses and caramel wafted up into the air. This cup has a bit more mineral flavor but still has the essence of plum and a slight burnt sugar sweetness. Utterly charming.

Me and the BF both really like Dong Ha Pao, and I believe it will keep well so I’m not regretting this one at all, just savoring it happily…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec
ScottTeaMan

I hope things get better and your challenges are conquered.

TeaBrat

Thanks Scott, I might need to just up and move one of these days.

Missy

Yes, good luck with your challenges. San Francisco is beautiful. I used to travel there from Nevada for good sea food. I never really got to see any thing but the touristy part but it was just gorgeous.

Doug F

Maybe I’ll try this. I haven’t found a big red robe that I like very much.

TeaBrat

@Triumph – I like the wuyi oolongs so you’ll have to take this review with a grain of salt.

ScottTeaMan

Hhhmmm, this is a “new” Da Hong Pao, since I last checked their site. I bought a DHP a couple yrs ago from H & S. I think it was $18 for 2 oz. I liked the flavors, but could only really get 3 good steeps out of the leaves. Did you ever get more than 2 steeps Amy? I do miss a good DHP, but I dunno if I want to drop $24 for1.5 oz & yet another tin sitting around. I wish they had more size options & samples.

Azzrian

Sorry about the rent increase – thats a bummer!

TeaBrat

@Scott- I just got it a few days ago and haven’t tried steeping it more than twice. In any event I agree it would be nice if they had a sample size of it.

ScottTeaMan

I think I’d rather spend $36 on a sparkling FF Darj-I can’t help it. Well, maybe I can, but I don’t want to. :-p

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This tea is a rarer version of da hong pao, and the price reflects both this fact and the exquisite quality of the tea.

The scent of the dry leaves differs subtly from Harney’s less expensive option, foretelling of a sweeter flavor when brewed. The scent itself is anything but subtle, so one should inhale the dry leaves before making a decision to purchase this tea. The olfactory characteristics are reminiscent of what a combination of a Fenghuang Shuixian oolong and da hong pao may taste like (I may try this and compare and revert).

I tend to steep my oolongs longer than what is typically suggested but for this review I went with 175 degrees for 2 minutes, which was plenty sufficient to generate a robust light rust colored brew, again with an unmistakable aroma that suggests a hint of sweetness. The taste delivers – it is more complex and refined than the less expensive version, and somewhat sweeter, and it is this ‘dark fruit’ sweetness that I believes rounds out the cup rather elegantly. Downright sophisticated and close to parfait.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Checking this one out online right now! Sounds great!

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