Aged Da Hong Pao, "Big Red Robe", 2012

Aged Da Hong Pao, "Big Red Robe", 2012

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There are several creation myths surrounding this variety; the most prominent being that the original trees were draped with red robes, as a sign of reverence, after the tea was used to heal a poisoned prince. The Da Hong Pao that is available for consumers is blended from other Wuyi cliff teas to be similar in taste and mouthfeel as the original plants. Qi Dan and Bei Dou, which are direct descendants of the famous Da Hong Pao mother bushes, are primarily blended to achieve the mineral complexity, and distinct flavor profile, that Da Hong Pao is famous for. The aging process transforms the flavors, deepening and broadening, while mellowing higher notes.