Once, when a young monk fell ill and couldn’t fall asleep he asked the wise tea master Lao Cha:
— Sensei, tell me the legend of the Big Red Robe.
— Sure, but listen carefully:
Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) from the Wuyi Mountains is always regarded as the famous Wuyi Rock tea and has a reputation of being the “King of Teas”. This Da Hong Pao is the perfect choice for people who want to discover for themselves Wuyi Rock tea.
The Wuyi Mountain region is the place of 39 peaks, 99 valleys and a river with 9 bends. The mountain peaks, though not incredibly high, are always shrouded with fog and mist. The moisture gets accumulated on the rocky sides of the mountains and 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 legend of the Big Red Robe Tea is that the mother of one of the Ming Dynasty Emperor that was dying from an unknown illness was cured by this tea. The Emperor then ordered to cover with big red robes the tea plants that saved his mother. The six original “mother-plants” of Da Hong Pao are still growing on Wuyi Mountain and are greatly venerated. An old woman is looking after them, to make sure that the plants are not exhausted.
Three times roasted using traditional wood charcoal, this tea is well rounded with floral and roast aromas. The taste of the tea changes with each infusion. Refreshing and sharp at the beginning, followed by mellow and thick, after which it acquires a slight bitterness and turns gentle and mild closer to the end. The yanyun charming rocky rhyme, which is favored by Wuyi Rock tea fans, is well reflected in this tea.
With time Da Hong Pao could get richer, mellower and acquire a more complex taste.
• Place of Origin: Guanzhuang Village, Wuyi Mountain, Nanping, Fujian Province
• Tea Type: Oolong tea
• Harvest date: April 30, 2017
• Plucking Standard: One bud with three leaves
• Dry Leaf: Thick and bold, glossy, evenly shaped strips
• Aroma: Roasted aroma with a delightful floral taste
• Taste: Mellow and thick, with a slight floral sweetness and a distinctive yanyun “charming rocky rhyme”
• Tea Bush:
C.sinensis cv. Dahongpao (Qi Dan variety)
• Caffeine level: Low
How to brew loose leaf tea, Western Method:
How to brew loose leaf tea, GongFu style: