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Aged Da Hong Pao Blocks

Aged Da Hong Pao Blocks

2014 vintage

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Weight: 150 grams (5.3 oz)
Type: Wuyi Rock Oolong - Da Hong Pao - premium grade
Production area: Wuyi Mountain, Fujian Province

Grown in the Wuyi National Scenic Area, this tea is an Authentic Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) Rock Oolong. This amazingly flavorful tea possesses all the flavors and characteristics of an authentic Wuyi Oolong. It is thick, aromatic, toasty, and viscous. During processing, some of the leaves were crushed. The tea master sorted out the crushed leaves and pressed them into a 150g chocolate bar-like block that can be broken into 18 pieces. For a fraction of the price of the whole leaf, you can enjoy a cup of aged authentic Wuyi Rock Oolong.

In addition to the great price, this tea is very convenient to make. Simply break off a piece, place it in a cup, pour hot water, and enjoy. No measuring of tea leaves is required and no more messy tea leaves scattered on the kitchen counter. It is a great tea for busy people on the go.

To learn more about Wuyi Rock Oolong, please click here.

for 150 grams (5.3 oz)

Use 8g of leaves per 8 oz of hot water (200 degrees F). Rinse the leaves once and pour out the liquid. Start steeping by following the steeping time below to make multiple cups of oolong tea.


1st BREW
40 sec.
2nd BREW
20 sec.
3rd BREW
30 sec.
4th BREW
30 sec.
5th BREW
50 sec.
6th BREW
2 min
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Customer Comments:

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Satisfying and Rewarding 05/21/2020
By Patrick Miller
After Ripe Pu-erh tea, oolong(especially Da Hong Pao) is my next favorite go-to tea. This particular selection is all that you could want or expect and exemplifies all that is good and promising. The taste, texture and what I call “tactility” or “mouth feel” all blend masterfully and subtly (but distinctly noticeable) to create a satisfying smooth finish. My only fear is that again Linda is spoiling me with an unmatchable drinking experience that I may not be able to duplicate in the future. My compliments to Linda’s finesse in choosing another 5 star winner to offer to her customers!
Our responseHaha! That is my job--to spoil my fellow tea lovers with good teas.
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Zheng Yan Da Hong Pao, for Such a Low Price? 09/26/2021
By Sara K.
Getting oolong tea from the Wuyi National Scenic Area for only 20 USD for 160g, even if it's from damaged tea leaves, is amazing.

This tea is on the dark/roasted side, with a rocky/mineral/stony body (I mean that in a good way).

Like another reviewer, I split the blocks in half. Half a block is enough for a strong 6 fl oz brew. Breaking the blocks creates a mess, far more mess than when I break up tea cakes with a pick, but given the low price for a tea of this origin I won't take off a star.

Our responseTry breaking it up from the side. It will be easier and neater. You are correct. This tea is a great value for an authentic Wuyi Rock Oolong.
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Convenient and True to Flavor Profile 04/30/2018
By Christina
I'm pretty happy with this little breakaway. It's easy to brew, and has a flavor profile typical of this type of tea. The oxidation and roast are a tad on the heavy side, which is a plus for people like me who enjoy darker flavors.

For my all morning brew, 1/2 a brick is all I need. I rinse
twice (for about 20 seconds each), then brew in an infuser jar - refilling all morning. While the flavor lasts, I don't note a lot of texture.
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Rich and Lasting 10/31/2020
By Bridget Highfill
This Da Hong Pao Oolong Block is a yearly treat from Bana Tea. The eight gram square of pressed tea is perfect to brew in your teapot at work. It will last all day. It is a very rich and flavorful tea, with lots of the coppery notes that make a Da Hong Pao so memorable. This tea elevates a ho-hum day at work.
Our responseI always value origin over the grade of leaves. Even though this DHP block is not made of the whole leaves, it is authentic and possesses all the characteristics of a Da Hong Pao at a much affordable price.
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new da hong pao oolong 05/09/2018
By R.J.
this new batch is even better! stronger aroma, fuller, fresher taste!
very pleased!
before becoming a ripe puerh drinker almost exclusively, I drank oolong all the time. I've tried and enjoyed many oolongs but never did come across anything like the dark oolong I had in Taipei 30 years ago...until this!
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Don't miss out on this tea 05/05/2022
By Julie
This is an earthy, smooth tea that also feels surprisingly fresh and clean. It lingers in the throat long afterwards. I can feel this oolong travel to my chest and spread. Wow. Fragmented leaf? An incredible value for one of the best oolongs I've spent time with.
Our responseThat's the magic of authentic Rock Oolong! Thank you for your glowing review.
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Delicious! 10/03/2023
By Tom Hast
Not sure why I like these pressed blocks of Da Hong Pao better than most loose leaf. Perhaps the compression preserves the flavor a little better. Of course the flavor might have been really good to begin with.
Our responseThank you, Tom. So glad you are enjoying the Aged Da Hong Pal Block. You are absolutely correct - the leaves are the crucial reason why a tea tastes good!
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Perfect for work! 05/18/2018
By shannon sellers
These little mini bricks are perfect for personal bowl tea while at work. Take tea ceremony with you anywhere! This is also a fine quality tea so you're not sacrificing convenience for quality.
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A favorite 01/12/2020
By Neal Perrin
Love the roasted toasty earthiness of this oolong awesome flavor. I am a big fan of this one would buy again.
Our responseThis is a great value tea.