Siam Tea Advent 2018

Day 13 – Siam Tea Advent

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Hello Tea Friends!

Just past the halfway mark 😀 Christmas is getting ever closer.

What will I be drinking today?

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Beidou Da Hong Pao Oolong Tea

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Happy Steeping!

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