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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 the place of 39 peaks, 99 valleys, and a river with nine bends. 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.


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

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