Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Peony Tea Shop Big Red Robe

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark, long and twisted
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 200 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: dark amber

I always look forward to teas from +Peony Tea S., especially Chinese oolongs. The taste of this particular tea was full bodied and complex with strong floral notes. This one wasn't quite as a fruity as other Da Hong Pao that I have tried but it still had the classic taste that I had expected. There was a pleasant roasted quality to the finish and just a touch of astringency. Sadly I only had enough time for three steeps when I wrote this review but there was definitely still several more left to be had. I couldn't resist saving leaves and going at it again the next day. After a rinse, they came back to life and produced a few more beautiful rounds of tea. I strongly recommend preparing this tea in the traditional way in order to get the full flavor. If you don't have a gaiwan, a very small teapot can serve the purpose if you use a higher amount of leaves than you would in a western style brew. This reminds me, I need to write up a post about this type of tea for my Legends of the Leaf series.

Big Red Robe sample provided by Peony Tea Shop.