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.
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