Saturday, December 14, 2013

Tea Review: Da Hong Pao (SerendipiTea)

Advent Tea Calendar Day 14

Wuyi Da Hong Pao/Big Red Robe
Type: Oolong
Origin: China, Fujian Province

Product Description: Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) Oolong is one of the famous Rock Teas of Fujian Province, so called due to the mystical, rocky terrain in the Wuyi Mountains where the tea plants grow. Full bodied & smooth, this medium-oxidized Spring tea begins with floral notes & deepens into a fruity sweetness which lingers in the throat & on the back of one's tongue. The large, hand-twisted leaves of deep greenish-brown steep to beautiful golden liquor. Although not charcoal finished as are the most costly of Rock Teas, this Da Hong Pao will not disappoint. Be sure to prepare several cups, each will reveal surprising new flavors.

Temperature: 195° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaves have a smoky, savory aroma with notes of cumin and kombu (dried kelp).

The golden infusion has a smoky aroma of roasted vegetables and a hint of brown sugar.  The flavor is smoky, with elements of roasted vegetable and baked squash.

As expected with oolongs and Da Hong Pao specifically, this tea produces a fine flavor and aroma with changing characteristics through several infusions.  While the first infusion was the most bold, I favored the slightly milder second infusion.

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