Da Hong Pao 2023 No.558

Da Hong Pao 2023 No.558

two times roasted Wuyi rock tea (岩茶, yancha)
legendary oolong tea
cognac, raspberry, cocoa

武夷山 - 正岩 Wuyi Mountain – Zhengyan Fujian province

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Da Hong Pao – the big scarlet robe – is perhaps the most famous Wuyi rock tea. The story of it dated back to the 14th century. A scholar went for a really important exam at the imperial court in Beijing. In the middle of the trip near the Wuyi mountains, he got sick, so he couldn’t continue his journey. The monks from the nearby monastery offered some tea to him, which cured the scholar soonly. He could go on and finally, he passed the exam with the highest point. The emperor gave him a scarlet robe as a symbol of glory. He went back to the Wuyi mountains towards home and spread the scarlet robe to the tea bushes.

Wuyi teas have two major idiosyncrasies: First, they are plucked only during Spring, and second, they are baked multiple times: at harvest time, then once again a half year later.

The Wuyi Mountains are situated in Fujian Province, China. With its more than a thousand-year-old history of tea cultivation, and approximate 200 different subgenera of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, the area is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mountain’s volcanic nature reappears in the character of the tea: fiery, vitalizing ambiance and strong chaqi.

Tasting notes:
Steamed gaiwan: citrus, nuts, flowers
Tastes, feeling: Nice complex flavors; acacia honey, biscuits, raspberry, and some cocoa. Elegant like a cognac. It has amazing effects, we are full of energy while feeling amazing calmness. 

Preparing Instructions:

Quantity: 5-6 grams per 150ml.
Water temperature: 95ºC. From fresh spring water or filtered water.
Brewing time: 3-5-7…seconds
Infusions: 6-8

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