Wuyi Big Red Robe (Da Hong Pao)

(8 customer reviews)

From: $11.69/30g

Da Hong Pao Oolong Tea is the king of rock teas. It is produced in the Wuyi Mountain area in Fujian province. It is produced from a tea shrub whose yield is very low; and each shrub can be over 1,000 years old.  The tea is regarded as a national treasure because of its low yield and special taste.

The tea is cultivated in a rocky mountain area with an average altitude of more than 600 metres; the average annual precipitation is above 2,000mm and the relative humidity is 80%. The climate is mild in all seasons – the average temperature is around 18.5℃. There are a lot of small streams and much forest cover, and frequent mists. The soil is formed through the weathering of acidic rocks. Most tea plantations are located in the valleys, the small hills acting as barriers to both sunshine and wind. These conditions produce a unique oolong tea with a special flavour. Our Da Hong Pao comes from Wuyu Mountain but outside the most scenic area; this means it is cheaper, but still of very good quality.

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, generally with no bitterness. Because it is medium-roasted on charcoal in the traditional manner, it also has a light caramel aroma.

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Caffeine Level: (Medium)

Brewing Guide

Infuse 4 teaspoons of Da Hong Pao for 125ml teacup or gaiwan, 8 teaspoons for 250ml glass or 16 teaspoons for 500ml teapot. If using a Gaiwan Gongfu style, infuse Da Hong Pao in hot water (100℃) for around 15 seconds for the first brew, extending the infusion time for the following brews. Re-steep for 6-8 infusions or more, depending on personal taste. If not using a Gaiwan Gongfu style, steep for around 1-2 minutes. Re-steep for 2–3 infusions.

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8 reviews for Wuyi Big Red Robe (Da Hong Pao)

  1. Brayden

    This is an easy drinking nice tea. Definitely worth a go if you’re on the fence.

  2. AL (verified owner)

    With a mellow taste and a hint of milky sweetness with its oolong category, this tea is very nice to drink, and would be nice on its own.

    However, I can’t give it a full five stars as it lacks any particularly special or distinct aroma, which makes me desire other teas more.

  3. Elizabeth

    It’s so hard to describe the taste of this tea! I really give up, but I know I really like it. If you’re on the fence, give it a try – you won’t be disappointed.

  4. Lilian

    I didn’t really pick up any caramel aroma with this tea but it offers a soothing brew and pleasant fragrance.

  5. Jorja B.

    This red tea is very nice – I’d highly recommend to anyone who is a red tea lover like me

  6. Angelina M.

    A tea packing a very strong earthy flavour. Great for experienced tea drinkers!

  7. Owen B.

    One of the most interesting teas I’ve tried in a while. The dry leaf, which is quite aesthetic looking, smells very unusual and different. The aroma is strong, quite smoky and also herbaceous.

  8. Rachel C.

    This tea is very strong but great tasting. I’ve been drinking different kinds of tea for over 7 years, and I know a winner when I taste it. This tea has an excellent flavor that lasts through multiple applications of new hot water.

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