Da Hong Pao Tea - Wuyi Big Red Robe Tea

Enjoy a sophisticated, complex flavour with woody roast, aroma of orchid flowers, finished with subtle caramelised sweetness. Up to 12 steeps when applying Chinese kungfu brewing as you can expect from a true Wuyi rock tea.

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Da Hong Pao, the most popular Wuyi rock tea direct from its origin Wuyishan, Fujian. This authentic oolong has the characteristic 'rock' flavor from the mineral rich hills of the protected Wuyishan nature reserve. The large dark leaves brew bright orange soup that demonstrate a lasting flowery fragrance of orchid. Drinks smooth and gives you with a satisfying aftertaste.

Ever wondered why this tea is actually called Da Hong Pao? Read the legend by clicking the link below:

The Legend of Da Hong Pao

Kungfu brewing recommended

Independent from teaware you use to steep Da Hong Pao, the steeping temperature should be always at 100 C (212 F). For easy brewing simply steep 2-5 gram of leaves for 3-4 minutes in a teapot or mug. However, to fully appreciate rock tea, it's highly recommended to steep it in a yixing teapot or gaiwan, using the Chinese flash brewing (or kungfu brewing) method. See below the instructions for kungfu brewing.

  1. Rinse the teaware with hot water.
  2. Fill the teapot or gaiwan 1/2 full with leaves.
  3. Add hot water to rinse the leaves and discard the water. 
  4. Add hot water again and steep for just 5 seconds before serving.
  5. For the second brew increase the steeping time to 8 seconds.
  6. For the third brew increase the steeping time to 15 seconds.

You can steep Da Hong Pao up to 8 times when using this flash brewing method. For the fourth brew and after, adjust the steeping time accordingly at each step. Use the experience of the previous steeps to determine the brewing time. If the previous brew was too light, then try increase the steeping time more. If the previous brew was too strong, then try to steep the next brew shorter. Notice the taste and aroma evolving at each step, which makes drinking this tea so pleasurable.

Which region of China is Da Hong Pao tea from?

Red Robe Da Hong Pao’s legendary taste and flavor is partly due to the almost ethereal environment it grows in. Da Hong Pao originates from Wuyishan (Mount Wuyi) and is part of the Wuyi Cliff Tea family. The mountain range is located in Fujian Province, where most superior oolong teas are from.

The oldest Da Hong Pao teas are preserved as a national treasure in the China National Museum. In ancient history, Red Robe Da Hong Pao was one of the most valuable tea in China, produced for only the discerning few.

Health Benefits

While Da Hong Pao lovers mainly buy this Wuyi tea for its taste, they at the same time enjoy many health benefits. What you hear most rock tea fans say is that they love to drink this infusion after heavy meals or when they require more mental energy. Wuyi oolong tea clears the mind, reduces fatigue, improves digestion and has detoxifies the body.

Red Robe Da Hong Pao and other oolong teas are rich in antioxidant, which is said to be a very strong dilator of blood vessels. As the antioxidant may help the blood flow more easily through arteries, it can protect against heart attacks, strokes and cancer. Studies also showed that women who drink oolong tea can reduce risk of ovarian cancer by 6%.

Additional Info
Additional Info
Steeping time 3-4 min
Steeping temperature 100 °C - 212 °F
Leaves per 500ml / 17oz teapot 2-5 gram
Tablespoons / 500ml (17 oz) 2.5 tbsp
Tea Year 2020
Tea Season Spring
Tea Caffeine Content high
Tea Region Wuyi Mountain
Tea Province Fujian
Gluten-free yes
Tea in Chinese 武夷大红袍
Customer Reviews (6)
The hui gan is strong with this one.
The first few brews remind me of a cedar and juniper forest. Later brews have orchid notes, raw honey and a mouthfeel that goes from slight astringency to juiciness. The hui gan lasts for several minutes after each sip. Plenty of yan yun (rock rhyme) minerality to satisfy even seasoned tea drinkers. Four stars on quality only because there were some broken leaves. Review by Lawliet (Posted on 3/14/2019)
My favorite tea
This is one of the first teas I tried when I was experimenting with Chinese teas. After trying many teas I keep coming back to this one. It just can’t be beat. Any tea lover should have this in their collection. Review by Peggy (Posted on 2/27/2019)
Best Da Hong Pao
Of all Da Hong Paos I have tasted this one I loved the best. It tastes like freshly baked bread with some pumpkin seeds - and more. It has a wonderful soothing effect of making one feel at home, yes, just like 'I feel fine and all is well!' No wonder it is legendary. Review by Maya (Posted on 3/25/2018)
Sophisticated & Complex
One of the best Da Hong Pao I had so far. I managed to steep 10 brews using 8 grams of leaves in a gaiwan. flavour is nicely layered through the multiple brews. The first few brews are caramel like and woody, while the floral aroma are more noticeable later on. Beautifully complex taste profile. Will order again. Review by Sim Wong (Posted on 8/9/2017)
5 stars
Da Hong pao tea is one of my favorites. I'm a big fan of Chinese tea and spiritual culture. If you share my opinion, Da Hong Pao is the one of teas, which should be in your life.
Review by Anatolii (Posted on 11/17/2016)
My Best First Experience of Da Hong Pao
This is the first time I am having the Da Hong Pao... I loved it!! It is my all time favorite now. Review by MBS (Posted on 1/31/2015)
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