Da Hong Pao tea is the most famous Chinese wulong. This loose leaf tea reflects the character and earth of Wuyi Mountain rock wulong. Traditionally roasted over charcoal in a process that lasts months, Da Hong Pao Tea's bold red infusion has a layered mineral body with a sweet, enduring finish. This well-crafted Da Hong Pao is beloved by seasoned rock wulong drinkers and is also a wonderful option for new tea drinkers.
Fast Facts about Da Hong Pao Tea
- Origin: Wuyi Mountains in northern Fujian China
Flavor: toasty complex flavor with deep nuances of peach and floral tones
Temperature: 195°F - 212°F
- Caffeine: 60-70 mg per cup
Weight: 10 grams (.4 oz) per package
- Makes: 5-6 cups
- Price per cup: $1.60
Health Benefits of Da Hong Pao Tea
Da Hong Pao is touted as tea that supports weight loss, but like all teas, we don't recommend consuming it as a dieting tool, but rather as an enjoyable part of a healthy diet.
This Wulong (Oolong tea) contains special compounds. Researchers at the Suntory Research Center in Osaka, Japan found that drinking wulong tea 15 minutes before eating foods high in carbohydrates curbed insulin spikes, thus reducing some of the fattening effects of carbohydrate intake. Studies also show that drinking wulong tea during or after a high-cholesterol meal has been shown to inhibit the intake of fat content in the blood.
Additional health benefits
- Aiding weight loss
- Building and strengthening the body
- Reducing blood fat
- More than black tea, wulong not only stimulates the activity of pancreatic fat-decomposition, but also reduces the absorption of carbohydrates and fatty foods
- Lowering blood pressure
- Preventing and treating arteriosclerosis and coronary heart disease
- Improving hearing – the protective effect on hearing in men is especially significant
- Producing an antioxidant effect
- Nourishing beauty
Our Da Hong Pao tea has a full bodied, toasty flavor with complex flavor notes and a long, lingering finish. Hints of peach and dark molasses carry through the palate.
It takes time and effort to find high quality crops in Fujian, and our tea partners in Shanghai are great at what they do! They select high quality Wuyi oolong, a heritage roasted Da Hong Pao, known in English as either 'Grand Scarlet Robe' or 'Big Red Robe.'
How to Brew Da Hong Pao Tea
Measure out the quantity of leaves you want to steep and rinse the leaves with boiling water. While it's true that 'rinsing' removes dust that has settled on the tea during the aging process, it is more importantly used to 'awaken' the leaves before you infuse them. To rinse your da hong pao tea, place the tea leaves in a brewing vessel, pour near-boiling water over them and then quickly discard the water.
After you've rinsed your Da Hong Pao tea, you're ready to steep it. Bring your water to 212°F, and steep for 15 to 30 seconds (if not using a tea holder) or three to five minutes (if using a tea holder). Some people prefer to use fully boiling water for a stronger flavor.
Note: Check with your health provider if you have health issues or questions about drinking the tea. We do not offer this information as guidance or advice for your situation.
This sample size was perfect to try the health benefits of Da Hong Pao tea. It's one of my favorites now.
The Da Hong Pao Wulong Tea is so smooth it even feels comforting. This will definitely become one of my treasured, special occasion teas.