kyarazen wrote:apparently to produce "da hong pao", there are 3-4 traits that are necessary and a blend of at least 3 teas to give the desired profile
While much DHP on the market is said to be blended, and while there may be some disagreement about what "pure" DHP is, my understanding is that proper DHP should be unblended, from specific varietals (most people would say qidan, but see below). I have heard it said that people who are used to blended DHP may find "pure" DHP a little mild tasting.
But of course, there's "dahongpao as tea", and then there's "dahongpao as brand". There's also the difficulty of knowing for sure whether what you have is what it's said to be, though blends of different types may
be discernible from the leaf size / shape (I do not claim to be able to do this, but I don't doubt that there are people who can).
I have seen different claims in terms of what varietals people use for blended DHP. A tea friend of mine, who visited a tea farm outside the scenic area (who believe me, probably has plenty of customers who sell the stuff as genuine yancha) said this:Mr. Li says his customers blend the 105 and Rougui to make Dahongpao, and also they sometimes use the Beidou #1.http://amateursdethechinois.blogspot.co ... oct-2.html
I have had some of the Bei Dou #1 from this farm, and for the (quite low) price, it was quite nice.
One of the few (only) places I've seen the claim (in English, at least) about queshe is here:http://www.sevencups.com/tea_shop/Que-S ... -2013.htmlDue to its singular flavor, Sparrow’s Tongue is a vital component in most of the Big Red Robe wulong blends but is rarely sold unblended in the open market
danielhong wrote:Sorry @the_economist I don't know Queshe, Qidan is nice, there is also a company named Beidou, I heard it is the company owner who invented this variety.
See above paragraph re: queshe.
I think beidou isn't a company; beidou #1 is a varietal, claimed by some to be the "true" original DHP bush. The only stuff I've seen about this in English (on Hou De's blog) is gone now; I think you can read Chinese, so you may want to search for 姚月明.
Don't know how accurate all the information is, but see, e.g.,http://baike.baidu.com/subview/1059783/6287547.htm