Wuyi Mountain Big Red Robe

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Oolong Tea
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200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 15 sec 4 g 10 oz / 309 ml

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From Verdant Tea

It took Verdant Tea 4 months of sampling to find a Big Red Robe unique and delicious enough to really justify importing. This incredible tea from the rocky cliffs of Wuyi mountain offers a side of Big Red Robe that most people have never seen. Usually all you get is caramel, chocolate and floral notes. This goes far beyond. In early steepings, there is an intriguing sensation on the tongue, almost like the metallic vibrations of a bronze cast bell, or the idea of fast moving water flowing over slate. As the tea opens up, there is a perfectly synthesized note of orange and elderberry that dominates, and lingers in the back of the throat. In middle steepings, the elderberry orange flavor splits into fruity wine grape notes, hibiscus-infused dark chocolate, and molasses cookies with crystalized Thai ginger. In late steepings, the thick beany and malty flavor of Laoshan green comes through, combined with the lilac sweetness of Tieguanyin. One of our favorite aspects of this tea is that it was expertly roasted in a way that lets so much complexity come through the caramel notes of any darker oolong. If you are interested in oolongs, or seek a very comforting yet engaging tea, give this a try for a new perspective.

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141 Tasting Notes

57 tasting notes

Just got my big oolong order from Verdant (I’m excited to try their spring Tie Guan Yin!), I ordered an ounce of each of their oolong teas, but somehow, I forgot to add an ounce of this to my order. Thankfully, I got a nice sample pack of this tea with my order.

This tea gives you an incredible rocky mineral taste that fills your mouth in the first cup with hints of chocolate. I brewed this in a quick gong-fu style doing only 4 steepings. The rest of the cups were not as strong in the mineral sensation, but lightly smoky and with a really subtle hint of cinnamon.

I will re-brew this tea once I have time to do a longer gong-fu session and post a more detailed tasting note. Overall, I enjoyed this Da Hong Pao very much, especially the first cup.

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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35 tasting notes

Got a sample of this one with my recent purchase and all I can say is: WOW. I’m really starting to fall for wulongs. It has so many notes that it’s really hard to describe. It has a great smell, kind of spicy (but lovely) taste and wonderful rich aftertaste. Gotta order it ^^

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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16 tasting notes

This tasted like a typical high quality dark oolong. That’s not a bad thing since I’m starting to love oolongs, but I was expecting a bit more given the description.

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5 tasting notes

I had this tea the other day at a co-worker’s tea gathering. I’ve had the big red robe several time before. Some of them were costly premium ones brought over by relatives from Singapore. Compared to what I’ve had, this tea not as heavily roasted as my other big red robe. The one is a bit sweeter but is missing the thick texture in premium batches. Overall this is a decent tea.

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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35 tasting notes

Brewed western style. 4g of leaf rinsed once with 208F water then steeped in 8oz at 208F for 1 min. The aroma is… Interesting. A little off putting to me. Notes of marijuana and brass mixed with roasted nuts. Quite a thin mouthfeel with some astringency throughout. Very earthy flavor, roasted nuts, some black coffee. I’ll have to revisit this one later.

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4 tasting notes

This was my first experience with Big Red Robe. I’d heard a lot of hype about it, and was skeptical as to whether it could deliver, notwithstanding. It did. Furthermore, this tea has salvaged my interest in oolongs. I recently experienced a few that were underwhelming. This one changed that. I’m usually not given to fanciful descriptions, but this tea seems to warrant it. The scent is earthy and soulful; reminiscent of the smell of hot iron and rain on the horizon (if you can imagine those two). I’ve enjoyed three cups, thus far, and it has held up swimmingly. This is another tea that I’ll be repurchasing. It is absolutely worth trying.

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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9 tasting notes

This is my first Big Red Robe. The aroma is rather toasty/nutty.
Reminds me of roasting pine nuts when I was young, only without any of
the sap. The flavor is less toasty, but still nutty, and a bit like
salted butter. As the tea cools, the salt fades somewhat, and a
sweetness makes an appearance.

This is a difficult tea to rate. The flavor isn’t really what I want
in a tea. But there’s something about the taste that keeps calling
for a deeper exploration, as if, should I taste it just once more, I’d
realize that salted butter and toasted pine nuts is exactly what I
should want tea to taste like. It seems you can have good teas, and
interesting teas, and they’re not necessarily the same. This is an
interesting tea.

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14 tasting notes

Notable citrus and berries, with a more subdued caramel and floral (lilac?) aroma. First steep shows roastiness or maybe something acrid (in the best possible way) which in the second steep gives way to mineral flavors with more red wine flavors coming through. Minerals and roastiness give way to toast, flowers, berries later on. Brewed western style, 205F 30s + 10s per steep.

Flavors: Berries, Caramel, Citrus, Floral, Mineral, Red Wine, Roasted

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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24 tasting notes

Started off with a 5s wash.

Steep times were: 5s, 8s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 45s

First steep has hints of black currant, nuttyness, and other fruity hints. It also has that traditional ‘oolong’ taste which I honestly don’t know how to explain. First steep is also overall mild. There is a tad bit of a slight tartness at the back of the tongue, which is really enjoyable.

Second steep, carries on from the first with a bit more sweetness and tartyness present. It’s a great combination.

Third Steep, same as second.

Fourth steep, a little bit of a floral taste now added to it.

Rest of the steeps kept the consistency from the fourth steep, but lowered in intensity.

A decent oolong in my opinion. For a really good tea session, requires quite a bit of leaves and potentially a bit longer steeping times.

Flavors: Black Currant, Floral, Fruity, Nutty, Roasted, Tart

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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13 tasting notes

I received this as a part of Verdant’s sample pack, and am quite happy With it.

When dry the leaves smell musty and somewhat fruity. When wet they smell musty and like strongly heated plant matter (the closest thing I can liken it to is the smell of cannabis after it has been heated in a vaporizer).

It tasted Musty, malty and fiery without being smokey. A little like tobacco or dry leaves (which I guess it technically is). The flavor is not subtle like some oolongs, but it actually quite strong given how much tea I used (2.5 grams in a small gaiwan steeped for 20-50secs).

Flavors: Malt, Musty, Tobacco

0 min, 30 sec 2 g 75 OZ / 2218 ML

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