Da Hong Pao
Da Hong Pao (Great Red Robe)
Wu Yi Shan
Intense aroma, roastiness and complexity.
Da Hong Pao is the name of six individual tea trees near Tian Xin Yong Le Temple, hanging above the ground off a cliff, a landmark for the region and a popular tourist destination. Though Da Hong Pao as Wu Yi folklore has been around for a while, the association with these specific trees (3 then, 6 now) was not recorded until the 1920s. There are numerous tales told to emphasize the rarity and expensiveness of this tea that often involve persons like Chairman Mao, Nixon and the richest man in Hong Kong. There were also efforts at times to take saplings from these tea trees and replant them elsewhere, which later would be called 2nd generation Da Hong Pao, but this name is not approved by tea researchers because the saplings are clones, not from seeds, and thus not “offspring” of the original trees. Recent studies found that these 6 trees are not a single varietal, but rather different varietals, making Da Hong Pao naturally a blended tea. There hasn’t been any picking from the original trees since 2006. Nowadays Da Hong Pao is the commercial name for blended Yan Cha, but is often wrongly marketed as synonymous for all Yan Cha, or as a rare Yan Cha, aided by the tourist industry locally
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