Appearance & Taste
The Da Hong Pao tea leaf is long, tight and slim. It is dark in colour with a dark green edge. The tea soup is amber-coloured, clear and bright. The taste is sweet and mellow, with a long-lasting floral aroma, without bitterness. This premium Da Hong Pao also has a very special ‘rocky’ flavour due to the rich mineral substance inside. The taste is elegant, delicate and mellow with a hint of light honey aroma.
Adjust the amount of tea based on your own taste
We recommend you use (Yixing) Clay Teapot or Gaiwan to brew this gorgeous oolong tea, with a tiny volume of around 100ml – 200ml. Or you can also brew it with a normal size teapot with more tea leaves.
For simple glass vessel/teapot style:
Use 100°C hot water to infuse tea leaves for around 1-2 minutes. Re-steep for around 4-5 further infusions. (Adjustable by personal taste).
For Gongfu Style:
- Warm the Gaiwan/tiny teapot with hot water; discard the water afterward.
- Add 1g Oolong tea for every 20ml – 30ml of water (recommend 8g of tea leaves for a Gongfu brew, adjustable by personal taste).
- Pour hot water (100 °C) into the clay teapot / Gaiwan, tilt it, slowly rotating it twice and quickly discard the water (this step is for waking up tea leaves and stimulating the special aroma of the oolong tea).
- Refill the clay teapot/Gaiwan with hot water.
- Infuse the tea for around 5s for the first 4 brews. Please allow 5 more seconds’ infusion time for following brews.
- Pour the steeped tea into a serving cup (also called a fair cup) and divided it into small teacups before serving.
- Rebrew-able around 8-12 times.
Our Premium Da Hong Pao Oolong Tea is produced from one of the ‘Zhengyan’ tea plantations – Wu Yuan Jian. It is located in the most scenic part of the Wuyi Mountain area, Fujian province. Wu Yuan Jian is one of the ‘Three Pits and Two Gullies’ tea plantations, and also belongs to ‘Zheng Yan’ tea producing area.
‘Wu Yuan Jian’ is a stream of water that comes across through ‘Ma Tou Yan’. The source of it is the combination of many small streams. These small streams origins from the highest peak of the Wuyi Mountain ‘Jiuqu’ Scenic Area – peaks of ‘San Yang Peak’.
‘Wu Yuan Jian’ is surrounded by cliffs and rocks, covered with cloud and fog. The stream water slaps the stone footpaths on both sides and flows through the gully day and night. The stream babbled on, covered with water vapour. The air is extremely fresh combined with an earthy smell and the aroma of surrounding vegetation. There is very little direct sunlight, like inside a misty forest. The humidity of ‘Wu Yuan Jian’ is relatively high, and the weathered rocks all around. The content of sand and gravel inside the soil is plenty, the sandy loam soil plays the main part. The good permeability of the soil, foggy and cloudy weather, the endless stream water and the wide variety of species result in the unique micro-climate which provides a superior growth environment for tea trees.