I tasted two Da Hong Pao teas yesterday at a local vendor and was not impressed. However, I do have notes on DHP from Dragon House, a well-regarded online vendor:
Dragon House Premium
This has a basic Da Hong Pao flavor, at a budget price. Brewed at 180˚F, medium amber liquor. Smokiness and herbal details are blurred, lack definition. But a hint of roastiness gives some character to the tea. No trace of "rock tea" character.
100g for only $16.99, shipped. 7.5/10
Dragon House Supreme
Quite good. Brewed at around 180˚F, medium amber liquor. I detected two distinct flavors: an appealing toastiness, not unlike a genmai-cha, and an integrated "green" flavor; a nice taste combination. No trace of "rock tea" character. Definitely a repeater. Consider brewing this tea at 165˚F, and you might be pleasantly surprised with the results. 8.5/10
Dragon House Nonpareil
Balanced and flavorful. Brewed at around 200˚F. The tea is dark amber, but this tea aims for a mix of smokiness with subdued greenness. You can definitely detect the "rock tea" flavor this tea is famous for on the aftertaste. Very easy to like, even if you're not experienced with oolongs. Solid, but doesn't have the best value.
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