Our Da Hong Pao ‘Big Red Robe’ is rich and full-bodied. It is a complex tea that exhibits spice, wood, mineral, floral and tobacco notes that combine to leave a decadent and lingering creamy cocoa sweetness on the palate.
We have been holding onto this small batch of 2016 Da Hong Pao. But it is now settled, drinking beautifully and we think it is time to share it.
Da Hong Pao is the most famous Yan Cha (“cliff and boulder” tea) of the Wuyi Shan region. This classic tea is known as “the king of Wuyi Shan”. Oolong teas from the Wuyi mountains are known as “cliff and boulder” teas due to the rocky terrain in and around the tea gardens giving the teas their unique flavour.
Origin: Shui Lian Dong, Wuyi Shan, Fujian
Flavour profile: Full-bodied | Spice | Wood
Processing highlights: The picking standard for our Da Hong Pao is 3 open leaves that are plucked and sorted by hand. The leaves undergo outdoor withering and are oxidised to around 70%. This tea is traditionally roasted over charcoal 4 times resulting in a medium baking level.
Harvest: 10 May 2016
Cultivar: Bei Dou
Tea Master: Ms. Chen
Wuyi Shan is a mountainous area that is naturally protected and provides favourable growing conditions. The region has relatively high humidity levels, high rainfall and fog is common.
Tea has been produced in Fujian province for well over 1,600 years. Fujian produces five different categories of tea, most of which originated in the province.
An incredibly smooth and well-rounded tea that has a flavour profile of cinnamon, nutmeg, wood, fruit, subtle mineral notes, tobacco and the slightest hint of citrus. It is the silky feeling in the mouth and a persistent sweetness that lingers on the palate that will really delight.
This tea pairs particularly well with spicy and salty foods such as cold cuts, smoked fish and cheese. This tea would also be a great choice to end a meal due to its creamy and sweet flavour profile
Leaf appearance: Uniform brown-black leaves rolled strip style
Aroma: A warm tobacco aroma combined with a bouquet of mineral, floral and spice notes.
Liquor colour: Brilliant amber