Big Red Robe Da Hong Pao Red Tea
From the Northeast corner of Fujian, bordering Jiangsu Provence -- this is the birthplace of English style black tea that was transplanted in India, Ceylon, and other parts of black tea producing regions. This prized Ten Famous Tea of China was reputed to cure an Emperor’s mother and the red robe was placed on these tea trees as a token of appreciation and hence the lore began since the Song Dynasty.
This tea is grown in rocky crevices and takes on a minerally ‘wet stone’ taste with a root vegetable and honey like notes. Variations of this tea like Jin Jun Mei "golden beautiful eyebrow" are picked early and have a golden strand woven into the tea leaves and have been priced in over $10,000 per kilo in the past few years. This highly oxidized oolong tea has fair amount of caffeine. Da Hong Pao is an easy recommendation for folks who prefer darker black or ‘English’ teas. It is fine to add milk to this tea although it is best on its own.
- Brew at ~100 degrees and steep for 3-4 minutes.
China Live features proprietary Private Label teas inspired by the Ten Famous Teas of China. Chef George Chen has climbed high tea mountains to source the most sustainably grown and produced teas directly from Taiwan and China farmers. These teas are far better quality and value as we source these fine teas directly without brokers.
Net Weight 1.2 oz.