312 Tasting Notes
Liked this one a lot better than the Nonpareil Wudong Ya Shi. Roasted aroma, quite perfumey. Mellow & smooth, fruity, honey-like. Complex, changing with infusions. Full-bodied, thick, slightly tart, sharp at times. Woodsy. On 9th infusion right now. Long finish, the taste stays in my mouth for a long time. Sweet aftertaste. Like the Ya Shi, it’s expensive $27.90/50g but plenty of infusions. Lots of taste on this 9th infusion. I’ll update if anything significant comes up or I figure something else I taste lol.
Aromatic, flowery, fruity perhaps nectar flavor, sweetness, a nice smell of the milk fragrance, pleasant mouthfeel, slightly sharp in the earlier infusions although not overbearing, has a slight mineral taste. It’s complex & probably far more complex than my ability to decipher it lol. Earlier infusions gave a sweet aftertaste. About the 6th or 7th infusion, it became a little bitter. It has a long finish . I got a sample and it’s expensive $27.90/50g so, after my sample, I probably won’t buy it again. Having said that, it’s an all-day tea in that it’s good for many infusions. I’m on the 11th infusion and it’s still going strong.
Last sample of this. Today it seems a little perfumy for me, flowery, also a little sharper. Perhaps because I’m using boiling water unlike before where I used 200F. There is still the great balance of sweet and bitter though.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Honey, Mineral, Sweet
Extremely smooth, milky, slightly floral, caramel, coconut, perhaps creamy pineapple, toffee-like notes. It’s complex, deep notes but all mild. Yummy milky aromatics, good for multiple steeps (gongfu cha 8+ infusions) and each steep is delicious. This is a keeper.
Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Coconut, Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Milk, Toffee
3rd time trying it now. It’s getting better each time taste wise. I found out the problem. It’s not the taste but that my stomach is sensitive to it. Perhaps the sharpness and the sour notes at the end steepings did my tummy in the first go around. I drank it in the morning before any food. >.< The 2nd time I drank it after dinner and it was much much better. I’ll probably have to work on finding the right temperature and steeping time as it is complex, full-bodied, intense yet smooth, bold, pungent, rich, thick, astringent… Definitely not a mellow light tea. Although intense, it is balanced which makes it pleasing. Some honey, fruity, lychee, sour notes. It numbs my tongue a little too. Has a long finish. If you’re a fan of Dan Cong, I think you’d like this. Should give it a go.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Fruity, Mineral, Smoke, Sour, Tannic
Good Da Hong Pao. Wonderful nutty and chocolate aroma. Nutty, comforting, bold taste. Almost like dark fudge with nuts with a lasting finish, light astringency. I really enjoyed this sample.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Honey, Nutty, Roasted, Roasted nuts
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Aromatic, smooth mouthfeel, rich and bold flavor, slight astringency, honey yet bittersweet, however, a little sharp for me. It’s balanced & pretty delicious cup of tea. First time trying it today. I’m on my 10th infusion (gongfu) and it’s still good.