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Da Hong Pao or “Big Red Robe” is a tea named for symbolic robes of royalty given to a simple farmer for saving the life of an Empress. It’s a great story and we encourage you to look it up.
It’s so sought after in China and elsewhere that impostors flood the market. Our tea is guaranteed authentic. While the Mother plants are in the realm of presidents and governments, this tea is a direct clone in the immediate area grown in a National Scenic Area in the trade-mark mineral-rich soil. It’s grown by the Chen Family who inherited 13 acres of this precious land from their Grandfather directly within the National protected area.
This tea is not grown plantation style in neat rows, but rather these plants grow in spacious groves, of various ages including several plants more than 100 years old. Our Da Hong Pao is 100% guaranteed "Zheng Yan" meaning it is grown within the immediate proximity of the historic origin of this tea, the highest grade possible! This location is protected by the government.
I like this tea a lot. The fragrance is something like toasted raisin bread. It's got a pleasant color and a nice oily sheen. I love the soft water profile and the palate smacking clean finish due to the mineral-laden soil. The taste hints at sugary, roasted dates with a little char. Take your time, steep it short and you'll have a nice long session. These leaves last a long time. This tea deserves to be in your tea chest!
Brewing: Gong fu brewing with spring water or filtered water is recommended. Place 7gr* of dry leaf in your 140ml standard gaiwan. Douse the leaves with boiling hot water just covering them. Steep 1-2 seconds then pour it off into your reservoir. Repeat 3 or 4 times. The important thing is to let it cool to a comfortable temperature before you start sipping. Do the same thing for round 2 but increase steep time with each steep by 3 or 4 seconds. Repeat as long as the leaves hold up. Make sure to not let it steep too long with this method or the taste will overwhelm you.
*You can also brew with less leaf and less water if you like