REVIEW: Nothing But Tea: Da Hong Pao Oolong (2014)


Tea and origin: Roasted oolong tea from China
Sample provided by: Nothing But Tea
Twitter: @Nothingbuttea
Link to Da Hong Pao

Da Hong Pao, probably better known to most people in the west as ‘Big Red Robe’, is one of the most sought-after Chinese oolong teas. Its aroma and flavour is definitely special, so I’m pleased to be trying Nothing But Tea’s 2014 stock. Read on to find out more about this tea.

Tasting notes:

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of medium to full-sized, curly leaves that have a roasted, sweet, earthy aroma

Infused tea: The tea cups out a dark golden-coloured liquor with a roasted, sweet aroma. It is a smooth, medium-bodied tea. The body of the liquor has a pronounced roasted flavour, whilst the finish and aftertaste is sweet

Infusion tips: You can prepare this tea gong fu or Western style. Use 90 to 95C water and infuse two to three minutes. You will get at least four infusions

Conclusions: Once you try Big Red Robe you will understand why it is so sought-after. I’m not super fond of roasted oolongs, but this is a great tea. It is aromatic and have refined flavours

Retail price: 10 grams for £1.80 / 100 grams for £11.30 / 250 grams for £26.84


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 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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