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Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) Oolong Tea

Medium roasted, full-bodied with floral undertones

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Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) Oolong Tea

Medium roasted, full-bodied with floral undertones

Rating:
92% of 100
Categories:
TeaOolong
Summary
Origin:

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

Harvest Time:

May 15, 2019

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 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.

Da Hong Pao is a type of medium-baked oolong tea similar to Shui Xian, with a distinct woody aroma like dried leaves. The fresh material for this tea is sourced from high-altitude tea mountains, with the plants manually harvested in the spring.

When crafting this tea, veteran tea masters use their years of experience in traditional craftsmanship to control the degree of roasting to the tea’s characteristics in order to present a perfectly-scented cup of mellow Da Hong Pao. This tea is both a delight and a leisure to drink, with its mellow notes from Shui Xian and the fragrance of Rou Gui at the same time.

 

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 Tea Garden sits at the foot of Dafeng Mountain, the tallest peak in Yong’an City, in one of the most remote mountain villages. Because it is so sparsely populated and far away from concentrated populations, the natural and ecological environment here are preserved and become a paradise for wild animals.

The average elevation of the garden is between 980 and 1200m, with rocky, sandy soil, creating excellent natural conditions for the growth of the tea trees. The farmers here also utilize a purely farming method: they raise goats for weeding, and their fermented manure is used as a great fertilizer.

Cattle Goose
Goats’ feces as natural 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 tea Garden, and has been planting trees in ecological ways for many years. He never uses chemical pesticides or fertilizers in his gardens, and in addition to manual weeding, he raises herbivores such as chickens, ducks, goats, or cattle to assist. The manure from these animals also serves as a natural fertilizer providing potent nutrients for the tea trees. Since the gardens are located in high mountainous areas, natural spring water can be employed for irrigation as well.

Origin

Yong’an City is in the central part of Fujian Province, and belongs to the mid-subtropical maritime monsoon climate. There are many hilly mountains here, with the average annual temperature around 19.2℃. Yong’an has both a long history in tea cultivation as well as an abundant collection of ancient tree resources, and is an excellent resource protection area for wild tea trees.

Map of Yongan

History

According to legend, when a certain tea cured the mother of a Ming Dynasty emperor of a terrible illness, the emperor sent great, flowing red robes to clothe the four bushes from which the tea had been harvested. Three of these original bushes still survive today, growing on a rock on Wuyi Mountain; they date back to the Song Dynasty in terms of age. At one point less than a single kilogram of tea was harvested from these plants each other, a portion of which is traditionally held by the Chinese government.

Da Hong Pao has become a rare treasure because of this, with the original tea bushes protected by the nation and allowed to be harvested each Spring through 2006. Now farmers use an asexually-reproducing tree with the same traits as the original Da Hong Pao trees, and have populated several hundred acres with it.

What is unique is that the female characters of each and every generation have the same characteristics of the original four bushes - as in, the tea crafted from these trees is virtually genetically identical to that made from the original four.

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