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Cultivar: Da Hong Pao, mixed cultivar

Altitude: 800m

Harvest: Summer

Grade: Superior, Exceptional, Grand Cru

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  • China, Fujian province, Wu Yi Shan, Tong Mu Guan village

    Da Hong Pao is the most famous of the Wulong teas produced in the mountainous area of Wu Yi Shan, Fujian province. It originally grew on heavenly mind cliff, where there was a large monastery. The monks cultivated the tea. Now, there are only about 6 tea bushes left which are in a Unesco protected area which produces Yan Cha “Cliff or Rock tea” teas with no fertilisers, no pesticides and are plucked only once a year!
    For many years, the extremely limited harvest plucked from these trees was reserved for China’s most elite tea drinkers, and was even presented to President Nixon when he visited in 1972 and to Dalai Lama.

  • 2.5 g.

  • 250 ml

  • 92 C

  • 1.5 min.

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  • Ambience

    Leaf: Dark purply-brown large leaves, lightly rolled and very crunchy on touch! Aroma of cedar wood, dried apricots and pepper rising from the well roasted leaves.
    Infused leaf: Greenish-brown hugely open leaves with an aroma of lilies, cedar wood and a bamboo and spice.
    Liquor: Magnificent, clear orange cup with round mouth-feel and complex body. Aroma of lilies, bamboo and tobacco. The flavour is dense and diverse, cedar wood, tobacco, dried apricots and dates with a little hint of flint, pepper and bamboo at the end. Outstanding dry astringency.

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"Litlle Poetry" by JD

"Storm is approaching, wet is the air
Your Big Red Robe has been blown away from the chair.
The wind is playing tug-of-war and wins this round
While you, like a child, chasing & wishing not to fall too far behind.
The wind tosses it swiftly,
from left to right,
above wild lilies, taking shape of red dragon or a red paper kite?
There he goes, through the bamboo grove with the speed of an arrow.
Then, mischievously slows down near the apricot tree to see if you follow.
This Big Red Dragon is a stunner, you are totally spellbound.
He proudly jumps and glides then modestly bows his head down.
...then he disappears deeply in the cedar forest somehow.
The raindrops heavily smash the ground one by one,
shooting particles of soil and tiny flints high in the air like a machine gun.
You sit at your doorstep, brewing your wulong tea,
Gazing through the raindrops, calmly, steady and ultimately free."