I have been in love with Da Hong Pao ever since the first time I tried it. It is always on my restock list(along with 58 Fengqing) and is the third most consumed tea in my house :)
Da Hong Pao probably has the sharpest taste of the teas I drink, other ones being rather smooth. The smokines of roasted leaves, imo, is a perfect complement to natural tea taste and it is the balance of smokines vs original tea taste that really differs one type of this tea from another. This one is a “standard” quality I usually buy. It is the second cheapest at JK Tea Shop at the moment but that does not mean the tea is not so good, quite on the contrary.
This first two-three infusions of this tea have almost overpowering roastiness to them(which I quite enjoy) , but not too much so. Then it gradually fades to reveal the taste of the tea itself. I usually infuse this particular type 6-8 times but my favourite cups are the first and the second with their strong smoky taste which is what really makes Da Hong Pao tea stand out from all of the others.
Overall : While not the best DHP I have tried the quality is rather good and it is a perfect “every other day” tea to me :)