Tea just came in today! So will be editing in my opinion on it within this post later on tonight. Hope everyone had a good holiday weekend.
Dragon Tea House Da Hong Pao Yancha.
O.K so going into this tea I really had no expectations which for a supposed DHP that costs 12.99$ for 250g, is I think where you need to be. Does this have the complexity of some other DHPs on the market? No.
But it is a good starting point for those not that familiar with tea in general or this particular type of tea. Again to reiterate, we are not talking about the Aged DHP nor Premium / Superior DHPs Dragon Tea House offers. This is the plain Da Hong Pao Yancha.
For those that are really into tasting notes, there is a format I use for another hobby of mine. Scotch Whisky Tasting
These are the flavors I found in the tea, for those that are interested:
Nose (Dry): Cocoa in nature, dark chocolate in nose profile. Slight hint of fresh
leather (this is good), and overwhelmingly sweet finishing smell. Surprisingly complex which I didn't expect from such an affordable tea.
Nose (Wet): Leathery smell comes to the front, cocoa is definitely still there but not as prevalent. No overwhelming sweetness on finish anymore. There is an almost tobacco-like nature in the scent that I would think comes from the roasting process done to the leaves. Taste:
Let me just say that the nose on this one is in no way indicative of the taste at all. There is an up front creaminess to the mouth feel that I couldn't help but liken to rice (kind of starchy in nature). Immediately after follows the roasted flavor which is incredibly subtle (disappointing, because this is supposed to be a highlight of this tea). Lastly is the trademark DHP floral finish. The finish in my opinion was the strongest aspect of Dragon Tea House's DHP in that it is definitely there and it has longevity to it. All in all it is a perfectly reasonable tea but a lowsy representation of DHP (in my opinion). The roasted flavor that I was looking for from the scent was nearly absent, which is definitely a big factor for me. The complexity of this one is misleading because the nose is so strong but the taste is just simply O.K.
My opinion is if you have some money to spend, pick up 50g and try it for yourself as I don't believe you will be disappointed.
Happy Tea Moments,