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) is always regarded as the famous Wuyi Rock tea and has a reputation of being the “King of Teas”.
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 high mountain oolong is sweet, with a touch of spice and deep floral and roast aromas. The taste of the tea changes with each infusion. Sweet and roasted at the beginning, followed by mellow and thick, after which it acquires a slight bitterness and turns gentle and mild closer to the end.
With time Da Hong Pao could get richer, mellower and acquire a more complex taste.
• Place of Origin:
Panlan Village, Luofang, Fujian Province (900-1200m)
• Tea Type: Oolong tea
• Harvest date: May 15, 2018
• 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, mineral and sweet, with a touch of spice and a distinctive yanyun “charming rocky rhyme”
• Tea Bush:
Rou Gui & Shui Xian
• Caffeine level: Medium
How to brew loose leaf tea, Western Method:
How to brew loose leaf tea, GongFu style: