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"Big Red Robe" Da Hong Pao Wuyi Oolong Tea



Once, when a young monk fell ill and couldn’t fall asleep, he asked the wise tea master Lao Cha: 

Shifu, tell me the legend of the Big Red Robe.

— Sure, but listen carefully:


The Wuyi Mountain region is a place with a unique terroir. Locals call it 三坑两涧和马头 – Three Valleys, Two Streams and "Horse Head" Rock. Though not incredibly high, the mountain peaks are always shrouded with fog and mist. The moisture gets accumulated on the rocky sides of the mountains. It then flows down these rocks to the roots of the tea plants, enriching them with minerals and creating the unique "rocky rhyme" taste for which Da Hong Pao is famous.

The Big Red Robe Tea legend is that the mother of one of the Ming Dynasty emperors was dying from an unknown illness. Sipping Da Hong Pao tea then cured her. The Emperor ordered to cover with big red robes the tea plants that saved his mother.


Da Hong Pao Mother Plans

The six original "Mother Plants" of Da Hong Pao Oolong Tea

The six original "mother-plants" of Da Hong Pao are still growing on Wuyi Mountain and are greatly revered. The trees' age is 360 years each. Currently, they have a 24h security guard, only for them! In the 80s of the last century, they only produced about 400 grams of tea per year combined. When US President Richard Nixon visited China in 1972, Chairman Mao gifted him 200 grams of Da Hong Pao from the mother trees. Nickson was puzzled! Was there a hidden meaning for presenting such a small amount of tea? Then-premier Zhou Enlai told him that these Dahongpao tea trees only produce about 400 grams a year! Giving him 200 grams is equivalent to giving him "half of the country". The "half of the country" expression has become quite popular ever since.

Since 2006, the Fujian government ordered a halt to the mother trees harvest. They are now resting, with visitors only able to look at them from afar. Cuttings from the trees have ensured the propagation of the precious gene pool. The highest quality Da Hong Pao is harvested from these cuttings.

Da Hong Pao enjoys the highest reputation among oolongs from Northern Fujian. Growing in the famous WuYi mountain, it possesses the highly sought-after "rock rhyme" or "Yan Yun" 岩韵. It refers to the terroir's specifics and how it impacts the tea taste. The soil's rich mineral content emerges in the intensely orange, clear, and bright tea soup. A pervasive and highly intensive aroma hints at cinnamon and spices. A layered taste gradually unfolds in nuances of sweetness and minerality. Thick, mellow mouthfeel ends in a long and comforting finish down the throat, leaving a long-lasting aftertaste of the unique rocky flavor. The tea tasting of this quality rock tea is truly a feast for the senses.



Place of Origin: Luo Fang (Wai Shan), Fujian Province, China
• Altitude: 900-1200m
Harvest Date: May 2020
Picking Standard: One bud with three leaves
• Roast: Medium. Charcoal roast
Aroma: Roasted with touch of spice & cinnamon  
Taste: Mellow and thick, mineral and sweet, with a touch of spice and a distinctive yan-yun “charming rocky rhyme”
Cultivar: Rou Gui & Shui Xian


Brewing guidelines:

        212℉ / 100℃

1g per 50ml   3-4min

     1g per 20ml   10sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion

Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
Lilly M.
I love Da Hong Pao!

I have been enjoying the "Wuyi Oolong Tea Collection" these days. The teas are very nice, but this tea has a life of its own! I save this tea to impress my friends when they come to visit. All of the descriptions about the tea on the website are true, but there is something else about this tea... It breathes. So vividly. The Da Hong Pao is a well known variety of tea and this is the best I've tried. Please try this wonderful Oolong tea to blow your mind!

Complex but still light

I'm all about the light oolongs, but I LOVE this DHP. It's more complex, bringing in those mineral notes that are so nicely complimented by the roasted flavors in the tea. I still go for the Milk Oolong first, but I love having this around for that once-a-week fling when you need something different. Its delicious and soothing. The stronger notes hit your nostrils a little more comprehensively, making it a relaxing experience in your upper head.

Nicely roasted and mineral tang

Boom! This tea really has a punch to it and not in a bad sort of way. I think the roasting helps mellow that mineral taste and makes it a much easier to drink. It does have a floral note to it and I've found that it holds up rather well when making a pot of it. We can easily get 3 pots out of our leaves and the flavor changes as you go along making it more delicate and bringing out more of the floral notes.

Roasted and fruity

This tea has an interesting, strong presence. The aroma is roasted with some fruity notes; I hate to say it but almost reminds me of the smell of tobacco, but not necessarily in a bad way. While there is a touch of fruitiness to the taste, I think I prefer Yellow Goddess. But this is a good tea.

Ethan J.
Great oolong tea

This DHP perfectly balances all the qualities I search for: sweet, roasted, mineral, even a little floral. I recommend to go full gong fu style with this one. In my experience it didn't hold up as well when brewed in bigger brewing vessels, which was the only con.