Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Teavivre Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) Wuyi Rock Oolong

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark, wiry
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: porcelain gaiwan
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: dark amber

Da Hong Pao, often known as Big Red Robe, is one of my favorite Wuyi oolongs. This selection from +TeaVivre was fairly large leaved compared to others that I have seen. Their generously shared sample packet was 6.4g, just under the recommended 7g. Close enough, right? The taste was warm and toasty with notes of caramel. A subtle floral element in the finish kept it from becoming too heavy. This tea has what is known as a high, or long lasting fragrance. I still caught hints of it in my palate long after taking my last sip. This type of tea does not last as long as others so I highly suggest using gongfu methods to get the most out of the leaves. The reputation of Da Hong Pao can sometimes cause people make their expectations very high. If you compare this tea to the old legends, you will more than likely be disappointed (like some of the reviewers on Teavivre's site). If you drink it for what it is, then it is a great intro Wuyi that isn't terribly expensive.

Da Hong Pao Wuyi Rock Oolong sample provided by Teavivre.