Today I am going to sample Da Hong Pao which is a dark Oolong from LuLin Teas.
I have sampled LuLin tea blends before and have to say I was very impressed so hopefully this will be a delight too.
I pop my kettle on to boil.
LuLin advise the following for brewing-
Add 3-4g in an average sized teapot, use boiled water cooled to 85˚C. Infuse for 30 seconds and discard first brew. Re-steep and infuse for 1-3 minutes, depending on taste. Re-steep up to 3 times.
My kettle has now boiled so I add the tea leaves to my pot and follow the brewing instructions from LuLin.
3 minutes have now passed and I am all excited I can now try my tea.
I take a sip of the golden liquor and find the tea very soothing.
I am actually quite surprised at how smooth this tea is, it isn’t at all bitter which you would normally associate with dark teas.
I take another sip and manage to pull some other flavours from the infusion. I find the tea, woody, smooth, tea-like and very clean-tasting.
I am really pleased with this infusion and I am really looking forward to finishing it off.
LuLin describe this tea as-
Da Hong Pao
This tea is from the spectacular province of Fujian on the Southeast coast of China famed for its Oolong teas, and is also known as ‘Big Red Robe’. It has tightly curled dark brown leaves, which unfurl when brewed to release a complex fragrance with a rich, smoky and slightly floral flavour.
It is traditionally brewed in China using a Gawain but using a normal tea infuser works perfectly well too.
There is an interesting story behind the name of this tea. During the Ming Dynasty the mother of the Emperor fell ill. After drinking a cup of tea she was cured. To pay tribute to the tea, the Emperor ordered that the plants from which it came should be covered with red robes to ensure their survival through the winter. This is where the name Big Red Robe comes from.
The four original plants were grown on a cliff named Nine Dragons Cave on Wuyi Mountain. Da Hong Pao sold today is made from plants grown using clippings from the original plants.
Overall I find this tea very pleasant and enjoyable and will be most certainly re-purchasing!