Da Hong Pao Oolong Tea
Translated as "big red robe," da hong pao is an oolong tea grown in the Wuyi Mountains of Fujian province, China. Brewing the rope-like leaves results in a bright and clear orange-yellow. It can retain its flavor for nine steepings.
- Flavor profile: Unique orchid-like aroma. Long-lasting sweet aftertaste.
- Caffeine content: Medium
Why big red robe?
Legend says that in 1385, a scholar on his way to his imperial exam fell ill and was nursed back to health by a monk with a healing tea. The scholar recovered, passed his exam, and was rewarded with a red robe reserved for imperial scholars.
Afterward he returned to the monk to thank him and ask about the tea. The monk showed him the tea bush. The scholar took the bush (we hope the monk had others!), wrapped it carefully with his new red robe, and brought it home.
What's oolong tea?
Oolong tea differs from black tea because it's less oxidized. In oxidation tea leaves are exposed to the air to dry and darken. The more oxidized a tea is, the stronger it is. From strongest to lightest are black, oolong, green, and white teas.
Oolong tea has various health benefits, including helping to lower the risk of diabetes, benefiting heart health, reducing stress, and improving sleep. However, please note all oolong teas contain caffeine and should be consumed in moderation.