Hello Tea Friends!
Just past the halfway mark 😀 Christmas is getting ever closer.
What will I be drinking today?
Authentic Qidan Da Hong Pao Oolong Tea from direct descendants of the Da Hong Pao motherbushes. The tea plants thrive in a tea garden of the Chen family in Wuyishan’s zhengyang area, the core area for the cultivation of genuine Wuyi Yancha / rock oolong teas. Steintees. Finest leaf quality and picking standard; medium roast and degree of oxidation; open rolled leaf; taste: mineral-earthy base note, dominated by sweet harmoniously composed and embedded dried fruit notes.
It’s been a while since I had some Da Hong Pao so this is a nice surprise.
In appearance the leaves are dark brown and crisp to the touch with a sweet, wooden scent. Also getting a hint of treacle and stoned fruit.
Steeping Parameters: 5g leaf, 200ml vessel, 90C water
First Steep: 3 minutes
Once steeped the resulting tea is golden orange in colour and bares a beautiful dry wood and sweet floral scent.
The first few sips reveal an array of: brown sugar, wood, dried flowers and stone fruit with a leathery and dry after taste. More specifically prunes and peony.
Second Steep: 2 minutes
Milder in strength but remains sweet and wooden. The dryness increases in the after taste at this point.
What a delicious Oolong. I had forgotten how fragrant Da Hong Pao is, and so beautiful.
I also noticed Siam Tea have a sale on this particular tea at the moment.
Join me tomorrow for another review.