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Da Hong Pao (Great Red Robe) 大紅袍

Yan Cha (Cliff Tea)

Da Hong Pao (Great Red Robe) 大紅袍

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Yan Cha - Cliff Tea.jpg

Da Hong Pao (Great Red Robe) 大紅袍

from 14.00

Wu Yi Shan

The only blend among China's famous teas with its own designated name and its own category in tea competition.  A well made Da Hong Pao is balanced between bold and softness, aroma and substantiality on the palate.

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.

A well-blended Da Hong Pao is crafted with individual ingredients made specifically to be blended, with this end goal in mind prior to finishing the tea. Blending helps solve the dilemma between body and aroma, with both well balanced in the final tea, without the distinctive character of any single ingredient teas. 

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  • standard gaiwan size is 110ml
  • for detailed brewing instruction, please check our brewing guide