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365 Challenge > Day 11 - Dahongpao (Big Red Robe) Oolong Tea

Updated: Feb 21, 2020

This is a top-notch oolong tea that comes from the Wuyi Rock in Fujian and I feel so lucky having tried it. This oolong tea is also named as Rock Tea (Yancha) and dahongapo is known as the best Wuyi Yancha. The buds of dahongpao are purple and from distance, the tea trees appear to be covered by a red gown. This hopefully explains the name.

What explains the astronomical prices this tea can fetch? Well, six original dahongpao plants have 300 years’ history and they altogether produce less than 1 kg per year. At the 2005 Wuyi Rock auction, 20g of authentic dahongpao was sold for 208,000 RMB (around 33,000 USD) which makes it more than 30 times as expensive as its weight in gold. In 2006 the local government announced their protection policy for the original dahongpao trees and banned plucking from them.

Nowadays, dahongpao is asexually cultivated from tea plants. Despite their much affordable prices nowadays, they still offer more exquisite taste compared to other Wuyi Yanchas.

Tea Profile:

Type: Oolong

Origin: Wuyi, Fujian province

Harvest time: Spring 2019

Leave colour: Dark green and brown (green with red edges when infused)

Liquor colour: Clear, dark yellow

Tea aroma: Floral and woody with a hint of smokiness

Tea taste: Mellow and sweet

Steeping/brewing: You can use around 90-100°C water temperature (yes don’t be afraid) and brew for up to one minute in gongfu style or up to three minutes in Western-style. You can brew the leaves many times (until the taste is lost). To each infusion add additional time. Experiment for a result that suits your taste.

Shelf life: Up to 24 months (refrigerate in an air-tight container to improve the shelf-life)

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Not Just A Cuppa
Not Just A Cuppa
Feb 16, 2020

Hi there. It refers to reproducing plants by cutting rather than with seeds. Yes, glass is very popular in China for any kind of tea as tea drinkers are fond of observing the colour of the tea liquor. Enjoy your cuppa!


Iryna Tsahelnik
Iryna Tsahelnik
Feb 13, 2020

What does it mean asexually cultivated? P.S. I’ve never thought to use glass cup for dahongpao!!!

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