This is my first da hong pao. The cake is not hard to break down.
The wet leaves has a strong mix smell of tobacco, fruit and smoke.
The brew is quite dark for 4.35gr of leaves and 110ml with boiling water.
Now let’s go with the taste:
1- boiling water, 30sec: tobacco, fruit and sweet.
2- the same as the first brew, the only change is that the taste is not as strong as the first one.
3- 85ºC, 2min lighter flavour, the stronger flavour is the tobacco one.
I don’t like it much but because it seems that I don’t like dark oolongs like da hong pao, I prefer greener oolongs such as Nilgiri ones. So this is personal taste, not saying that this da hong pao is bad.
Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Sweet, Tobacco