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  • “Sweet baby Jesus…this might be the best Da Hong Pao I have ever had. This lovely tea came as a gift from the wonderful boychik. Looking at the beautifully crafted leaves, I had a feeling I was in...” Read full tasting note
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Sweet baby Jesus…this might be the best Da Hong Pao I have ever had.

This lovely tea came as a gift from the wonderful boychik.

Looking at the beautifully crafted leaves, I had a feeling I was in for a treat.

So I packed my little 70ml DHP yixing pot with a shitload of tea, cause that’s the way I like it :-)

Very short steeps are required for rock oolong, a few seconds is sufficient.

My first steep was whoa!! A burst a flavor!!

In a nutshell: juicy, toasty, nutty, sharp, mineral, sweet, with big notes of stone fruits and cocoa…yes, this tea has it all!!

It’s complex, it keeps changing, adding different layers and subtleties to each steep.

It’s simply stunning, in every possible ways.

It was such a privilege to get the chance to try it, and thanks to boychik’s generosity, I have plenty left for a few more sessions. Thank you :-)

On a side note, I want to mention that after sampling a few of their teas, I was impressed enough to place my first order with Joseph Wesley. Well I was even more impressed with the service that I received! I want to thank you Joseph for your impeccable customer service, you made all the difference… I already know I will be a returning customer.






I absolutely love Joseph Wesley. They have some of the most awesome teas I’ve ever had.


they are great teas! I just wish ordering to canada was easier heh or not….lol


seems they are not shipping to international :(


ysaurella – you’d have to email joseph and see what he can do.


what did you order? I’ve been pondering, but just didn’t know what I needed a full canister of before I tasted it….


Donkeytiara you can buy samples sizes . I believe Joe offers a Valentines special


TheTeaFairy, I’m so glad you like this tea. It’s beautiful excellent quality. Joe, if you read this please please source some more for us. These DHP and QL are amazing. Even though I think I got some hmm, never enough ;)))


@Sil thank you :)

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

thank you everyone for your nice comments. It’s touching to read that these teas are speaking to you as much as they speak to me. Our next shipment of limited release teas will be available sometime in May after this year’s harvest. Because the weather will be warmer we were planning sourcing a lightly oxidized Oolong (such as Tieguanyin from Anxi or Dong Ding from an old friend’s tea farm in Taiwan). Would you rather have the more traditional, highly oxidized, and roasted WuYi Oolong for the summer or a lighter oxidized Oolong? We’ll also have a couple of other teas that I will not share with you until they arrive!


i missed your reply Joe. Im always for highly oxidized and roasted oolong. No matter winter or summer. I like them punchy! Thank you ;)

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let me start this note by saying how happy i am being on Steepster. If i wouldnt be on Steepster, i wouldn’t discover so many facinating teas. I wouldnt come to NYC Coffee and tea festival. i wouldnt get bunch of teas including Joseph Wesley teas. And i can go on and on.
A few day ago i got 2 teas from Joseph Wesley to sample. These teas are not on website. I will include some Joe’s quotes.
“They were sourced for the restaurant is going to be a pretty special place. It’s actually been listed on numerous “most anticipated” restaurants in the US lists. When Michael Symon opened his first restaurant in Detroit his executive chef was the guy opening this new restaurant. Fortunately, the guy in charge of the front of the “house” is interested in tea and has very similar philosophy to tea as I do. Not only are they going to be serving a nice Da Hong Pao and my Dian Hong Congfu when they open, they are committed to serving seasonal teas, meaning they are only going to offer green and white teas within 4-5 months of harvest and will switch back to Oolong, black and dark tea in the fall and winter. We’re training the servers so that they can can properly prepare the tea table side. It should be interesting. Needless to say, I’m excited to see how it works. You can follow along here: http://www.seldenstandard.com/ Hopefully they open soon! I threw in a sample of another Wu Yi Oolong Selden Standard will be serving – Qi Lan Oolong. The chef, who is not familiar with teas, particularly liked this tea because of its aromatics. "

ok, this tea received my usual treatment for Wuyi Oolong
6g 100ml glass gongfu teapot 200F
3sec Rinse /pause/ 15/10/7/7/10/10/15 sec etc
its really hard to explain all the aroma. my vocabulary is limited.
Explosion of juicy stone fruits, raw nuts. it is not highly roasted , just right. so no ashy aftertaste. The tea is very smooth and surprising. each steep is unique. from 2-3 steep cannabis emerged. long lasting sweetness long after i stop drinking.
After that session i kept the leaves, just because . i did few steeps yesterday, before yesterday. I just hate to let them go.

Thank you Joseph Wesley for the opportunity to taste such wonderful complex tea. im not an expert, just tried few DHP, but as of this week it is #1 from what i tried.



200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML



I love Michael Symon’s ROAST in Detroit. I didn’t know they have tea, too. I may have to ask next time we’re there.


Cheri, it will be in Selden Standard. they didnt open yet. oh, you are so lucky if you can go there. they will have many other teas ;)

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

Cheri, boychik is correct. Roast does not have our teas currently. I was in discussion with them six months ago but the beverage guy I was talking with is no longer there. These teas will be at Selden Standard. Spread the word! As always, thank you for the nice words Boychik.


it was a great experience. thank you for sharing with me.


Joesph Wesley, that’s too bad. But I still love the restaurant. Maybe the new beverage guy would be willing to work with you. More restaurants need good tea.


And ooh! I hadn’t heard about Selden Standard, but now I will definitely try them when they open.

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

Cheri, if you’re in the Detroit area come downtown next Thursday and Friday (Oct. 30 and 31) from 2:00-6:00 to Salt and Cedar on Riopelle Street in Eastern Market and join us for some tea at The Joseph Wesley Tea Den at Salt & Cedar. Lost in boychik’s story is the fact that I had posted the menu for the tea den on Instagram and she reached out to see if I would have available the da hong pao I am serving. I said that I could not, but that I could forward some teas I was using with Selden Standard. The teas for the tea den are of a quality that you’re just not going to find outside of China and, for all practical purposes, would be hard pressed to find within China. It should be fun and it would be nice to meet you! http://saltandcedar.com/


I may just have to skip out of work to try that. :) Does one have to be there the whole time, or is it a drop in whenever kind of thing?

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

you do not have to be at the event the whole time. It’s very informal and casual. Come, drink tea. If you like the tea, drink more tea. If you don’t like the tea, well, you can always walk down the street to the Detroit City Distillery and have a cocktail!


jelly ;)


I can do both – have tea and then have cocktails. I’m an equal opportunity imbiber.

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