Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Wednesday's Oolong -- Da Hong Pao

Dà Hóng Páo 大红袍
Also known as "Big Red Robe", Dà Hóng Páo is an important Wuyi Oolong 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 tea originated. Three of these original bushes, growing on a rock on Mount Wuyi and reportedly dates back to the Song Dynasty, still survive today and are highly venerated. At one point, less than one kilogram of tea was harvested from these plants each year, of which a portion was retained by the Chinese government. In 2005, Da Hong Pao was known to sell for $30,000 kilogram (2.2 pounds)
Dà Hóng Páo is also one of the ten famous teas of China.

Not yet on the website, but available at the shop or via phone/email order, and at a much better price.

Da Hung Pao yields a golden yellow liquid that produces a pleasant long lasting aftertaste. Multiple infusions strongly encouraged.

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