Banyan Da Hong Pao

A Oolong Tea from


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Tea type
Oolong Tea
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Caramel, Char, Grain, Honey, Mineral, Nutty, Tobacco, Walnut, Cannabis, Dust, Heavy, Roasted, Sweet, Tannin, Tea, Toasted, Toasty, Smoke, Floral, Sour, Astringent, Earth, Fishy, Mango, Peach, Wet Rocks, Wood
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Typical Preparation
Use 11 oz / 338 ml of water
Set water temperature to 205 °F / 96 °C
Use 4 g of tea
Steep for 2 min, 0 sec
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“I’m finally getting to the end of my Zen Tea samples. I steeped 5 g of tea in a 120 ml teapot at 200F for 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds. This is a toasty, nutty...” Read full tasting note
“I found this overly roasty and smokey/tobacco last time I tried it plain, so I decided to finish off my cup by making a soy milk latte. It is very good that way.” Read full tasting note
“Hmm, this one didn’t quite do it for me. It had some good qualities, but it was really kind of just a “meh” tea. The leaf smelled a little bit roasty and chestnutty, maybe a bit of autumn...” Read full tasting note
“.. ugh Steepster crashed just as i was finishing off my review, so I’m gonna try to recreate it.. The first steep was wonderfully complex, with notes of earth and rock, as well as peach/mango...” Read full tasting note


Da Hong Pao (大红袍, literally: “Big Red Robe”) is a premium variety of the Wu Yi Yan Cha (武夷岩茶, Wuyi Rock Tea) group of oolong. During the Qing Dynasty, Da Hong Pao was given the title, “King of 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.
Due to its high quality, Da Hong Pao tea is usually reserved for honored guests in China.
Our Da Hong Pao offers rich aromas of roasted vegetables, sweet honey and wet river stones. You especially you won’t forget the sweet aftertaste which lingers for a long time.
We strongly recommend that you compare our Da Hong Pao to other companies’ Da Hong Pao offerings. Our premium grade Da Hong Pao has a richer and far more pleasant aroma and taste than other low grade options, and ours can be steeped many times without losing its rich flavour.

Origin: WuYi Mountains, Fujian province, China
Harvest: 2015 Spring
Picking standard: One bud with two leaves

Regular steeping (8 oz cup): 2 teaspoons (2 grams) of tea, 95-100 °C (203-212 °F) water temperature, 1 min 20 sec. Re-steep 2-3 additional times. Gaiwan steeping (Gaiwan or small teapot under 6 oz): 95-100 °C (203-212 °F) water temperature, 2 teaspoons (2 grams) of tea
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
1 min 10 sec 2 min 2 min 30 3 min 20 sec 5 min

(120 ml small Gaiwan used)

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