Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
Da Hong Pao Tea is the King of Oolong. It is popular among connoisseurs the world over, consisting of heavily oxidised leaves. Such a trait is considered relatively uncommon in Oolong Tea varieties. It’s uniqueness doesn’t stop there. Perhaps most important is the fact that we pack it fresh to order here at our Kent-based factory. This ensures not only quality but also consistency.
What is Da Hong Pao Tea?
Da Hong Pao Tea, also known as “China Rock Tea” and “Red Robe,” comes from the Wuyi Mountains of Fujian Province, China. There are two legends associated with its creation. The first involves a scholar travelling to the city for an imperial examination. When he passed through the mountains, however, he fell seriously ill and thus took refuge with local Buddhist monks at Tian Xin Temple.
The monks offered the man Da Hong Pao Tea leaves in order to restore his health. It worked and, as a result, the scholar went on to pass his exam. He eventually returned to the temple and presented the monks with a red robe awarded to him for passing. This, he told the monks, could cover the Tea pushes during the winter for protection - hence the name, Red Robe Tea.
The second story starts with the mother of a Ming Dynasty Emperor. Like the former tale, she became unwell while passing through the Wuyi Mountains. She, too, was healed by drinking Da Hong Pao Tea. When the Emperor heard of his mother’s recovery, he sent red robes to cover the Tea bushes as a sign of gratitude. Whichever legend you preferred, you can retell it to friends with a cuppa in hand.
What Does Da Hong Pao Taste Like?
But first, you’ll want to know, “What does Da Hong Pao taste like?” The answer, simply, is exquisite, indeed extraordinary. Expect nothing but wholesome and delicious smoky notes well-suited to those who enjoy a hearty beverage. There exists, too, an overall full-bodied and toasty character, combined with a woody aroma and, ultimately, a delectable finish.
Da Hong Pao Caffeine Content
Da Hong Pao Oolong Tea sits between Green Tea and Black Tea when it comes to its caffeine content. This is because of the processing of the leaves, specifically its oxidation, which differs depending on the Type of Tea you choose. Here you have an infusion with around 37-mg of caffeine per 8-oz cup - enough, hopefully, to get you out of bed in the morning. Why not find out today?
How to Brew Da Hong Pao
1, Put Leaf Tea into a Tea Infuser or Filter (both available here).
2, Place the Tea-filled accessory in a mug or cup.
3, Boil fresh water and allow it to cool to temperatures between 80 and 90°C.
4, Da Hong Pao brewing should be between two and three minutes. Any longer and you risk creating an unpleasantly bitter taste.
How to Serve: Consider honey or lemon. Alternatively, serve without additions.
Tasting Notes: Imparts smoky notes and toasty undertones.
Da Hong Pao Tea Benefits
According to the latest scientific research, Da Hong Pao benefits can alkalise the digestive tract, reducing inflammation in those with acid reflux and ulcer problems.
Additionally, some experts believe that it is antiseptic, meaning it could clear harmful bacteria in the stomach. And if that wasn’t enough, there are suggestions that it can improve skin health and reduce diabetes risks.