Although this is the most famous oolong from the Wuyi Mountains, the origins of Da Hong Pao are enveloped in ethereal wisps of mystery. A centuries-old legend has it that The Big Red Robe was grown by Buddhist monks on otherwise inaccessible cliffs and picked by trained monkeys. Among the richest and rarest teas in the world, Da Hong Pao is more than 350 years old and is the highest grade of Wuyi oolong tea.
Grown on a rich carpet of lichens and moss on the highest peaks of the Wuyi Mountains, The Big Red Robe carries the fragrance of osmanthus blossoms. With its gorgeous body, which evokes the lush spring orchids of the Wuyi region, The Big Red Robe is renowned for its rolling rhythm: each infusion brings forth a new flavor, a new fragrance. The tea is bitter and smooth at the same time, and the dark orange brew is filled out with notes of narcissus. Like all our other teas, Yezi’s Big Red Robe is grown organically and locally and is brought to you by tea farmer Wu Qiong from the Wu Yi Shan farms.
Most teas (and, for that matter, human beings) are lucky to have one interesting story.
However, so fabled is The Big Red Robe that it actually has three. One story has it that The Big Red Robe got its name because it was picked from otherwise inaccessible cliffs by highly trained monkeys wearing red vests. Another story has it that after this exquisite tea cured an ailing monk of his illness, he traveled to the Wuyi Mountains and laid down his red silk robe as a mark of gratitude. Of course, some people simply believe that the tea derives its names from the yellow-purple color of its leaves.
Despite disagreement on how The Big Red Robe got its name, everyone agrees on two things: the Wuyi Mountains are home to the finest oolong teas from China, and The Big Red Robe is the finest of the Wuyi Mountains teas.
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