Da Hong Pao
Some of you may remember the "2015 Da Hong Pao" that we sold for a number of years. It was a good tea. The quality I valued the most in that tea was how reliable it was, it was never great, but also never bad. We used up all of that 2015 batch of tea on our first issue of the tea club.
This 2020 Da Hong Pao reminds me quite a bit of the 2015 version. It is "yancha fragrance" which I guess is the essence of Da Hong Pao. The tea is roasty, but not overpowering, and has some of what I thought of as "vanilla" in the 2015 tea.As you can see in the photos, the tea brews quite dark. The tea is sweet and full, though the lid fragrance is not that good. That is expected given the location the material comes from, it is known to produce a poor gaiwan lid fragrance. The soup is nice.