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Heritage Grand Scarlet Robe

$38.00

Heritage Grand Scarlet Robe

  • 漢字 武夷大紅袍

    origin Wuyi Shan, Fujian

    craft charcoal roasted

    flavor notes toffee, oak

    漢字 武夷大紅袍

    origin Wuyi Shan, Fujian

    craft charcoal roasted

    flavor notes toffee, oak

    So named because a Tang Dynasty scholar on his way to the Imperial examinations made tea from its leaves – and was the only scholar out of two hundred to pass the exam and awarded the imperial scarlet robe. In gratitude, the scholar wrapped the tea plant in those same robes.

    Grand Scarlet Robe, or “Da Hong Pao”, is the holy grail of Wuyi oolongs. There are only a handful of mother trees in existence, producing scant kilograms of tea each year. Very rarely does this tea make it to the open market, but when it does, auction values can reach $900,000 per kilogram, as in 1998. As tea buyers, we search incessantly for tea trees that are the closest in genetic make-up to these rare mother trees.

    This batch is carefully hand-crafted using strictly traditional methods, and then finished by our roaster to receive several layers of traditional “heritage” charcoal roasting.

    The result is our best Da Hong Pao to date. The initial brew releases the intense toffee and caramel notes from the charcoal roasting, but we find the complex fruity notes that emerge in later infusions to be equally, if not more captivating.

  • Brewing Guide

    Proper temperature and steep time is necessary to extract the balanced aromatics and flavor notes of the Heritage Grand Scarlet Robe. High temperatures will unbalance the resulting brew, but using water that's not hot enough will not open the leaves. We recommend a short first brew, and then progressively longer brews thereafter.

    To brew Heritage Grand Scarlet Robe in a small tea pot or gaiwan, use 3.5 grams of tea with water at 200 degrees. Give the tea an initial 1 second rinse, then proceed to steep for 1 minute 20 seconds on the first infusion. The infusion should be a full amber color before decanting. Steep the second infusion for 1 minute 50 seconds, adding 30 seconds with each subsequent infusion.

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