Da Hong Pao

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Autumn Leaf Pile, Grain, Nuts, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet, Wood
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 oz / 473 ml

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  • “Sipdown! (59 | 263) Another little swap sample. I don’t know why, but Da Hong Pao just doesn’t stand out to me. I did try one from Mandala once that I remember liking… But otherwise they’re just...” Read full tasting note
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Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe)is a heavily oxidized, dark oolong tea. According to legend, the mother of a Ming dynasty emperor was cured of an illness by a certain tea, and that emperor sent great red robes to clothe the four bushes from which that tea originated. Six of these original bushes, growing on a rock on the Wuyi Mountains and reportedly dating back to the Song dynasty, still survive today and are highly venerated.

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Sipdown! (59 | 263)

Another little swap sample. I don’t know why, but Da Hong Pao just doesn’t stand out to me. I did try one from Mandala once that I remember liking… But otherwise they’re just kind of generically roasty?

This one is the same, very smooth and drinkable but a bit boring. The roast is fairly mellow – mostly autumn leaf and wood with some little hints of nuts or grain. And that’s mostly it really, it’s very one-note to my palate. A bit of sweetness appears at the end of the sip, which is nice.

I don’t know, maybe I just need more experience with roasted oolongs in order to be able to appreciate them more. Or maybe I just prefer hojicha when I want a toasty tea… ¯\(ツ)

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Grain, Nuts, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
derk

Old Ways Tea has some really good roasted oolong. Maybe one of theirs would light you up. Or maybe you just like hojicha. Nothing wrong with that!

Cameron B.

I’ll have to give them a try, thank you! :)

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