Organic Da Hong Pao Oolong

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
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Caffeine
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Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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  • “The gloom continues. On the one hand, we need this hydration so desperately I dare not complain. On the other hand, aside from it being 70 degrees in February, this weather is reminding me of New...” Read full tasting note
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    jimmarks 323 tasting notes
  • “I just got finished reading "All the Tea in China" and this tea is mentioned prominently in the book. There are many legends about this tea, but Robert Fortune had some on his original trip through...” Read full tasting note
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    excyclist 8 tasting notes
  • “A real pleasure to drink. Ordered a number of higher end tea samples to try over the holiday season and this was certainly one of our favorites. Stood up nicely to multiple brews; in some ways...” Read full tasting note
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    potterdc 6 tasting notes

From Upton Tea Imports

Da Hong Pao, or “Big Red Robe” is a famous tea with a colorful pedigree. This tea will lend itself to multiple infusions. Subsequent steepings will produce varied levels of floral and fruity nuances, suggesting peach and apricot. A light malty hint is noted in the finish.

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7 Tasting Notes

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323 tasting notes

The gloom continues. On the one hand, we need this hydration so desperately I dare not complain. On the other hand, aside from it being 70 degrees in February, this weather is reminding me of New England a bit too much.

I’m having company over later for tea, so I’m saving the complex leaves for later.

One thing I love about wuyi oolongs, and of course da hong pao is a premiere example of the breed, is that there is nothing unexpected or challenging about them without that collapsing into something mediocre.

Sometimes roast, age and the caramelization that comes with both is all you need to sustain you for a time. No flowers, no fruit, no wet stones, no sun bathed cabin wood, no moth balls, no deep stirrings in the dantien or yi.

Just a warm cup of soothing, excellent tea.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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I just got finished reading “All the Tea in China” and this tea is mentioned prominently in the book. There are many legends about this tea, but Robert Fortune had some on his original trip through the region. I knew that this was supposed to be one of the great teas of the world, but I was really very unprepared for what I got.

Not much aroma in the dry leaf but what flavor! Nuts, honeysuckle and …butter?! Just fantastic! Repeated steepings were a delight as well as I increased the steeping time and temperature slightly.

Tea from the three original bushes costs many thousands of dollars per ounce but with the miracle of clones even ordinary people like you and me can afford to taste this and at just over 10 dollars per 60gm, its a bargain. Sipping this gem reminds one that the drinking of tea is part of a 4000 year experiment in human civilization- it is something to treasure.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Marcel Duchamp

Is that the book about Robert Fortune? I loved that book.

excyclist

Yes, that is the one! Very informative!

excyclist

Great suggestion- I will see if I can pick it up at my library!

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A real pleasure to drink. Ordered a number of higher end tea samples to try over the holiday season and this was certainly one of our favorites. Stood up nicely to multiple brews; in some ways its like a typical good oolang – sweet, fruity – but deeper and richer than many that I have tasted recently. Highly recommended.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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