No. 159 - Da Hong Pao "Big Red Robe" Wuyi Rock Oolong Tea
Jiuzhou Tea Garden is located north of Wuyi Mountain and next to Huangbo river which is of maximal water volume around. The annual temperature of the tea garden is about 18 and annual rainfall here is around 2000 mm.
Mr. Wen, the owner of tongmu organic tea garden, who had worked as a workshop director in tongmu tea factory, where he engaged in the processing methods of Lapsang Souchong. With 44 years' experience of tea processing, Mr. Wen is not only a very professional tea master, but also attach great importance to tea's quality. Even tea lovers often say: “as long as the tea is made by Mr. Wen, then there is no need to worry about its quality.”
Interview with the tea farmer Mr. Wen:
Angel: When did you start to make tea? What's the most meaningful and valuable things that tea brings to you?
Mr. Wen: I was born in 1959 and lived in remote mountainous areas where there is no school. Therefore, I started to make tea in 1972. Ever since, tea has changed my life and because of tea, I also met lots of friends.
Angel: What personality do you think that a tea mater should have?
Mr. Wen: The most important thing for me is to put my enthusiasm and focus on making high quality teas. Through my experience, it also requires me to endure sufferings and hardships as well as in a peaceful mind.
Angel: What's your most favorite and least favorite thing about your job?
Mr. Wen: Each batch of tea can be made successfully that matters most. I can’t stand for wasting my own made tea.
Angel: what makes you feel most accomplished?
Mr. Wen: I persisted in using traditional method even when Lapsang Souchong is not so popular at that time. However, I felt quite proud because it was gradually widely accepted by tea lovers and it also made me become one of the few traditional Lapsang Souchong tea masters.
Angel: What tea would you like to drink as usually?
Mr. Wen:Teas that are made by myself.
Angel: How many years have you been engaged in making tea? And what are they difficulties you’ve met?
Mr. Wen: I’ve been worked as an independent tea mater for 44 years. At first, we were worried about piling up in stock. But now, the shortage of raw material is the biggest concern, because we always adhere to choose the best natural materials to ensure the quality.
Da Hong Pao originated from wild rare tea plants that were found growing on the cliff of Wuyi Mountain. There still remains the stone carve of “????????” by a Monk in Tianxin temple in 1927. There at Wuyi Mountain the sunshine is short, more reflected light and the temperature different between day and night. There always have a spring trickle flow from the top of the cliff. This particular natural environment creates the specific quality of Da Hong Pao Tea.
C.sinensis cv. Dahongpao got its name because of its purple-red buds and leaves.
The origin mother trees (of thousand years old) of Da Hong Pao are grown on the Tianxin Rock of Wuyi Mountain in Fujian and there’re only six mother trees left. After years of cultivating by tea cultivation experts, in 1980s the Dahongpao variety is reproductive success and then grown massively. A few years later the reproductive Dahongpao varieties was equality to the quality of the mother trees tasted by tea examine experts.
The Dahongpao varieties belong to shrub with semi-spread tree crown and thick branches. The length of the tea leaf is about 6-7 cm, while width is about 3 cm. Tender buds and leaves are fat of purple-red color, and the picking time is around in late April and early May.
History and Legend
According to legend, the mother of a Ming Dynasty emperor was cured of an illness by a certain tea, and that emperor sent great red robes to clothe the four bushes from which that tea originated. Three of these original bushes, growing on a rock on Mount Wuyi and reportedly dates back to the Song Dynasty, still survive today and are highly venerated. At one point, less than one kilogram of tea was harvested from these plants each year, of which a portion was retained by the Chinese government.
The Da Hong Pao Tea has been older than a hundred years and has become the rare treasure. The six huge tea bushes have been protected by the nation. It was allowed to pick every spring before, but this has been forbidden since 2006. Nowadays people use asexual reproduction has been successfully developed hundreds of acres with the seed tree features the same characters of Da Hong Pao Tea. As long as having the same characteristics of the female characters, whether it is a second generation, three generation or even 20 generations, has the same varieties significance as the female. Therefore, all from the original reproduction of suckling tea are really Da Hong Pao Tea.
Brief Health Info
Wu Yi tea has the highest amount of polyphenol which is a natural antioxidant that comes in the tea. Many signs of aging include dark spots, wrinkled skin, roughness and related blemishes-people have reported a decrease of these symptoms with regular drinking of wu long tea. Typically, a cup of authentic wu yi tea has between 20 and 40 mg of polyphenols. This is more than most vegetables that are considered high on antioxidants. There are a few varieties of Oolong tea, but most of them have the same health and weight loss benefits that aid in preventing or reversing aging.
|Shelf Life||10 Years|
|Packed||United States of America|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Amount)||3.72 fl oz / 110 ml|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Temp)||212 F / 100 C|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Amount)||8 g|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Time)||Rinse, 15s, 25s, 35s, 60s, 100s, 160s|
|Western Method (Water Amount)||12 fl oz / 355 ml|
|Western Method (Water Temp)||212 F / 100 C|
|Western Method (Amount)||4 Teaspoons|
|Western Method (Time)||3-5 Mins (to taste)|