Da Hong Pao
Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
Da Hong Pao is considered the ‘King’ of Oolong Tea. It’s known and loved by tea connoisseurs around the world for just this reason. But why is this brew so special? First, Da Hong Pao is a very rare loose tea. It’s grown in the Wuyi Mountains of the Fujian Province, China, which is home to some of the best-quality Oolong Teas on the planet.
This truly splendid Oolong consists of heavily oxidised dark tea leaves and is recognised by its strong smokey notes in both flavour and aroma. Sometimes known as ‘China Rock Tea’ or ‘Red Robe’, our wonderful Da Hong Pao boasts a fascinating history almost as rich as its taste. It also offers potentially incredible health benefits including improved digestive system health and enhanced cognitive function. So, be part of something special; enjoy this Tea today through The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company.
There are two legends associated with Da Hong Pao Tea and its creation, particularly its nickname, ‘Red Robe Tea’. The first refers to a scholar on his way to the capital to take an imperial examination. When passing through the Wuyi Mountains, the scholar became seriously ill and was forced to seek refuge with Buddhist monks at the Tian Xin Temple. The monks were able to restore his health by supplying him with local tea. As a result, the scholar was able to go on and eventually passed his examination.
Upon his return to the temple, he presented the monks with a red robe awarded to him for passing. He told the monks to cover their tea bushes with the robe when winter drew near, and so the tea received its nickname. Another similar legend tells the story of the mother of a Ming Dynasty Emperor who, just like the scholar, became seriously ill while passing through the Wuyi Mountains. Again very similar, the Emperor’s mother was healed by drinking Da Hong Pao Tea. When the Emperor himself heard the news of his mother’s recovery, he then sent large red robes to cover the tea bushes as a sign of gratitude.
Today, the price of Da Hong Pao varies depending on the age of the tea, very similar to Pu’erh Tea. In 2002, one tea connoisseur paid an astounding 180,000 yuan (£20,000 GBP or $28,000 USD) for just 20 grams of China’s legendary Da Hong Pao Tea. Some of the oldest Da Hong Pao can cost more than 30 times its weight in gold. That’s almost £1,000 for a single gram! It is no real surprise, then, that well-aged China Rock Tea is considered one of the most expensive beverages in the world.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Oolong Tea.
Origin: The Wuyi Mountains, the Fujian Province, Southwest China.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water left to cool to temperatures between 80 and 90 degrees. Following this, infuse for 2 to 3 minutes.
How to Serve: Lemon may be considered, although this tea is best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: Da Hong Pao has a smoky, woody aroma and a full-bodied, almost toasty taste. Some may enjoy chocolatey afternotes when served without additions.
Colour in Cup: Amber liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits: According to American statistics, a whopping 25% of the US population is currently prediabetic. This is likely similar to the UK where the risk of developing diabetes has increased greatly in the last decade alone. High diets in saturated fats coupled with low physical activity are two of the main contributors to having irregular blood sugars which, in turn, contributes to the development of diabetes.
Oolong Teas, meanwhile, have been proven to regular the amount of blood sugar and insulin which is in your bloodstream at one time. In fact, in a 2003 study, test subjects were given Oolong tea alongside their regular hyperglycaemic drugs, resulting in the balancing of blood sugar levels and the prevention of sudden drops and spikes. This is just one of many health benefits to be had from drinking our Da Hong Pao Tea on a frequent basis.
Health PointsHydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime