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Organic Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) Oolong Tea

Medium roasted, full-bodied with floral undertones

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Organic Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) Oolong Tea

Medium roasted, full-bodied with floral undertones

Summary
Origin:

Panlan Village, Luofang County, Yong’an City, Fujian Province, China

Harvest Time:

May 15, 2018

Degree of baking:

Medium baked

Dry leaf:

Neat and tight, glossy fat strips in dark brown

Aroma: 

Roasted and floral flavor

Liquor: 

Orange red color

Taste: 

Soft and mellow, smooth liquid carry roasted aroma with floral scent, and then turn sweet and mouthwatering afterwards.

Tea Bush:

Rou Gui & Shui Xian

Tea Garden:

Panlan Organic Tea Garden (980 - 1200m)

Caffeine:

Moderate caffeine (less than 20% of a cup of coffee)

Storage:

Store in airtight, opaque packaging; in cool, dry place

Shelf Life:

24 Months

Angel's Comment:

An oolong tea combines the mellow of Shui Xian and the fragrance of Rou Gui, not to mention its organic feature.

Certification:

USDA Certification EU Certification

Organic Da Hong Pao belongs to medium backed Oolong tea, same as organic Shui Xian, which gives distinct baked aroma to dry leaves. Its fresh materials come from high tea-mountains, manually harvested in the spring. Resorting to years of experience and traditional craftsmanship, veteran tea masters control the degree of roasting based on the tea’s characteristics to present a cup of scented and mellow Da Hong Pao. Tasting it, a noticeable baked aroma can be detected on the first brewing, followed by a pleasant floral flavor interweaving with each other and lingering in mouth. The liquid of this tea is mellow and soft, with a tea fragrance giving off from the cup. Feeling the mellow of Shui Xian and the fragrance of Rou Gui from this tea is also a delight as well at leisure.

 

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 12oz / 355ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
212℉ / 100℃ 212℉ / 100℃
4g Tea 8g Tea
Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins 8 steeps: rinse, 5s, 10s, 20s, 35s, 45s, 60s, 90s, 120s
      Rinse time is around 5 seconds
Tea Garden

Panlan Organic Tea Garden is located at the foot of Dafeng Mountain, the highest mountain in Yong'an City, and is one of the most remote mountain villages. Because it is faraway and sparsely populated, it preserves the natural and ecological environment of and becomes a paradise for wild animals. The average elevation of the tea garden is between 980 and 1200 meters. The soil is mostly sandy soil and mountainous rocks, which creates very good natural conditions for the growth of tea trees. At the same time, tea farmers also adopts an organic farming method, raising animals like goats for weeding, and their manure, after fermented, is also a good organic fertilizer.

Cattle Goose
Goats’ feces as natural organic fertilizer Animals become natural weeders in tea garden
Ancient Tree Spring water
Wild Ancient Tea Trees Spring water irrigation the tea trees

Traditional baking process

Traditional baking process

Tea Farmer

Mr. Zhong is the founder of Panlan Organic Tea Garden, who has been working on planting tea trees in an ecological and organic way for many years. He never uses pesticides and fertilizers in his tea garden. In addition to manual weeding, he raises many herbivores such as chickens, ducks, goats or cattle to help with weeding. The feces of these animals are also a kind of natural organic fertilizers that provide nutrients for the tea trees. Because the tea garden is located in the high mountain area, so he uses the spring water to irrigate the tea garden. All these factors ensure the natural growth of the tea trees.

Origin

Yong'an City, located in the central part of Fujian Province, belongs to the mid-subtropical maritime monsoon climate. There are many hilly mountains here, and the average annual temperature is 19.2 °C. Yong'an not only has a long history of tea cultivation, but also has abundant collection of ancient tea tree resources. It is also an excellent germplasm resource protection area for wild tea trees in Fujian Province.

Map of Yongan

History

According to legend, a certain tea cured the the mother of a Ming Dynasty emperor of an illness, and that emperor sent great red robes to clothe the four bushes from which that tea originated. Three of these original bushes, growing on a rock on Mount Wuyi, reportedly date back to the Song Dynasty in terms of age and still survive today. At one point, less than one kilogram of tea was harvested from these plants each year, of which a portion was retained by the Chinese government.

Da Hong Pao tea has become a rare treasure as a result of this. The original huge tea bushes have been protected by the nation, and were allowed to be harvested every spring until 2006. Nowadays people use an asexually-reproducing tree of the same characteristics of these original Da Hong Pao tea trees, and have developed several hundreds of acres with it. What is unique is that the female characters of every generation - second, third, or even twentieth generation - have the same significance as the original: in other words, the tea crafted from these trees is virtually identical to that made from the original bushes.

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