REVIEW: Kedoçay – Wuyi Yancha Da Hong Pao (2014)

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Tea: Highly oxidised oolong from Wuyi mountain in Fujian province, China
Sample provided by: Kedoçay
Twitter: @kedocay
Link to Wuyi Yancha Da Hong Pao on Kedoçay website

During a trip to Istanbul last March I got to experience a bit of the country’s tea culture by downing numerous glasses of traditional Turkish tea in some great tea gardens. Unfortunately, I did not get to try any cafes or shops that serve and/or sell non-Turkish teas, so when I heard from Kedoçay, an online tea shop based in Istanbul, about reviewing a couple of their new 2014 teas, I was super chuffed. Over the next week, I will review two of Kedoçay’s teas. The first is Wuyi Yancha Da Hong Pao, a highly sought-after oolong that is often sold under the name of Big Red Robe.

Dry leaf:

– It is a beautiful dry leaf with large, dark brown, twisted leaves

– The dry leaf is very aromatic. It has roasted notes with sweet, honey-like undertones

Infused tea:

– The tea cups out a light golden liquor that has a sweet aroma

– The liquor is well balanced between roasted, floral and sweet flavours.  It is an extremely smooth tea with little astringency, and the liquor leaves a lingering roasted aftertaste

Tips/conclusions:

– Prepare this tea gong fu style with 90 to 95C water. It is good for four to six infusions

– I tried quite a few delicious Big Red Robe oolongs last year. This is my first 2014, and I think if Kedoçay’s Da Hong Pao is representative of this year’s crop, then we have a real winner. I am picky about highly oxidised oolongs because they are not my favourite, but the floral, sweet flavours in this tea are dynamite. This is a tea that I truly take pleasure in drinking and would highly recommend

Score:

5/5

Retail price: 50 grams for 27.50 Turkish Lira (approx. £7.75)

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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