404.1 China Da Hong Pao 'Qi Dan'
404.1 China Da Hong Pao 'Qi Dan'
404.1 China Da Hong Pao 'Qi Dan'
404.1 China Da Hong Pao 'Qi Dan'

404.1 China Da Hong Pao 'Qi Dan'

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Da Hong Pao: "Big Red Robe Tea"

In 2002, a wealthy buyer paid 180,000 yuan - nearly 25,000 euros for 20 grams of China's legendary Da Hong Pao. Even in a culture that has considered drinking tea an art form for some 1,500 years (and has a system of tea classification that makes French wine look simple), the price was astonishing!

Original Da Hong Pao doesn't just cost its weight in gold - it costs more than 30 times its weight in gold: nearly 1,200 euros for a single gram, or more than 880 euros for a pot. It is one of the most expensive teas in the world...

Da Hong Pao is one of the most famous 4 teas from the Wuyi mountains in China's Fujian province. Da Hong Pao is by far the most popular.

With the producer of this tea, Cindy Chen, you can specify how many times you want the tea roasted. This one has been roasted 4 times, a heavy roast which brings out the sweetness more and more. The 4th roast was in January 2020

This tea is the pure cultivar Quidan, not blended with other (cheaper) varieties. The six mother bushes grow among the rocks and are protected since 2007, this is a clone of this mother plant.

This tea tastes very good from a Gaiwan and can be poured over and over again. Each time you discover new layers/flavors, like peeling an onion.

According to legend, the wife of the elector in the Ming Dynasty was sick with homesickness for her native land in the Wuyi Mountains. The emperor loved his wife dearly and he brought in every doctor in the wide area to find out what his wife would need and could make her better. No doctor had the right medicine.... There came a simple farmer who lived a stone's throw from the Empress' birthplace. He meditated and one night he dreamed of a goddess who came to him and showed him a gnarled bush growing on a steep rocky cliff. The brave farmer climbed the rock and took the leaves. He took the risk of making tea from them but as soon as the empress drank a few sips of this tea and the smell reminded her of home, she quickly recovered. The emperor was so happy and grateful that he gave the peasant all his imperial red robes to honor him. In response, the farmer called this tea Big Red Robe. Every year he picked this red robe tea for the empress to remind her of home.

  • Origin: China
  • Region: Wuyishan, Fujian Province
  • Harvest period: Spring, May 2019, completed in January 2020
  • Cultivar: Quidan (cutting from the Da Hong Pao mother tree, 2nd generation)
  • Infusion: Golden Brown
  • Aroma: Orchid, rose, cherry, sandalwood and cinnamon
  • Flavor: Smooth, sweet, mineral, toasty aroma
  • Grade: First Grade
  • Caffeinated: Yes
  • Biological: No, comes from an area where no soil conditioners are required and pesticides are not used

Recipe: 6 grams | 500 ml soft water | 95℃ | 2 minutes

Gaiwan: 5 grams | 110ml | 95℃ | wash, 20 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec

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