Da Hong Pao literally means big red robe, is a type of medium roasted oolong tea from Wuyi mountain, it is of the best quality in Wuyi Rock Tea and honored as “king of Wuyi tea”.
Chinese special tea is grown in the Wuyi Mountains. The most outstanding quality is the aroma of orchids, high fragrance, and long-lasting.
Due to its high quality, Da Hong Pao tea is usually reserved for honored guests in China.
About Legend of Da Hong Pao Tea:
According to legend, the mother of a Ming dynasty emperor was cured of an illness by a certain tea, and that emperor sent great red robes to clothe the four bushes from which that batch of tea originated. Six of the original bushes, growing on a rock on the Wuyi Mountains and reportedly dating back to the Song dynasty, still survive today and are highly venerated. So, people named it Dahongpao.
Da hong pao is also known as da hung pao or big red robe, it is a type of medium roasted oolong tea from Wuyi mountain, It grows defiantly in the gaps of the mountain boulders, so it also belongs to Wuyi rock tea (yan cha). Da hong pao is carefully made with exquisite handicraft.
Da Hong Pao, Rougui and Shui Xian
Strictly speaking, the three are different types of tea, however, considering the business promotion, the three called by a joint name Da Hong Pao by the Wuyi people.
Shui Xian: one of the main varieties of Wuyi rock tea: clones, small arbor trees, large leaves, late-growing species, with orchid-like aroma.
Rou Gui: clonal, shrub type, medium-leaf class, late-growing species, with cinnamon-like aroma.
Da Hong Pao: compared with the first two types of tea, da hong pao is more refreshing and energetic, and the flavor of the tea is more varied, giving people a sense of vitality.
Da hong pao tea is grown in the ecological tea garden in the Wuyi Mountain area. The average elevation of the tea garden is between 980 and 1200m, with rocky, sandy soil, creating excellent natural conditions for the growth of the tea trees. In the tea garden, herbivores are raised, such as chickens, ducks, goats, or cattle. 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.
The plucking and production process of Dahongpao
The selection of Da Hong Pao is different from that of ordinary red green tea. The fresh leaf picking standard is that the new shoot bud leaves are mature (open face three or four leaves), no leaf surface water, no damage, fresh, and uniform. Fresh leaves should not be too tender, too tender to become a low aroma of tea, bitter taste; not too old, too old to taste thin, the aroma is poor. Moreover, it should be avoided on rainy days and with dew water; different varieties, different rocks, mountains, and dry and wet teas should not be confused.
Dahongpao's production process combines the technology of green tea and black tea and is the most processed, most technically demanding tea.
1.Withering.Withering is the process of losing water from fresh leaves.
2.Tossing. It is an important stage in the formation of Dahongpao quality. It is a process of combining withering and fermentation.
3.Fixation. Fixation is the sign of ending the tossing and is the main factor for fixing the quality of the hairy tea and the quality of tossing.
4.Rolling.When the product aroma is condensed, the taste is mellow, the appearance is bright, and the surface of the tea stick is agglomerated with a layer of hoarfrost, next step can be done.
5.Roasting. This step is carried out in a closed roasting room with a cage.
6.Picking. The tea leaves are finally picked up when the stem pieces and impurities are removed.
What are the Benefits of Da Hong Pao Tea?
Da Hong Pao is rich in nutrients, trace elements, and vitamins. It contains caffeine, polyphenol, tannin, and about 400 other chemical compounds. Drink da hong pao will bring you great health benefits. Da hong pao tea helps your stomach properly get rid of fat and other unwanted wastes, Antioxidants in this tea are essential to reverse the effects of premature aging. It may also help get rid of dark spots, skin roughness, and some wrinkles when drank on a daily basis.
How to brew Da Hong Pao Tea?
To brew da hong pao tea, Yixing clay teapot or porcelain Gaiwan is suggested to be used as a brewing tool.
Dink in the Chinese gongfu way.
Serving size: 3 g.
Water: 150ml with temperature of 212℉ / 100℃
5 steeps: rinse, 10s, 20s, 35s, 45s, 60s
Rinse time is around 5 seconds