The King of Teas of the five cliffs of Wu Yi mountains (prefectship of Nanping on the border of the provinces of Fujian and Jiangxi) in China. Legend has it that during the era of the Tang dynasty, the mother of the emperor was brought back to health from a serious illness by this tea, as evidence of which the emperor had the four original tea bushes covered in a large red robe. These bushes still grow on Wu Yi mountain, and are appropriately honoured. Cuttings from these bushes led to the creation of a range of imitations, which unfortunately are sold under the same name today. This tea is a legend, whose existence dates back to the beginning of the 18th century (Dao Guang), and during the reign of the Qing dynasty was given the title “King of all teas”.
The tea has a full, dense taste of mountain Oolong, with a specifically sweet finish, and after a few small sips creates a floral aroma in the mouth, which lasts for several minutes, which few teas can achieve.
The ideal location for cultivating Da Hong Pao tea bushes is a cliff with a sufficient layer of sandy earth, where the bush has access to sunlight filtered through mist and cloud, constant shade from the rock in the afternoon and constantly moist earth thanks to a pure mountain spring. This was released for sale by the Chinese government in 1998, when a group of auctioneers paid almost 900 000 US dollars for it. In 1998 20 grams of tea from the mother Da Hong Pao tea plants was sold in the Wu Yi mountains. The starting price was 10 000 Chinese Renminbi (approx. 1 300 US dollars). A fierce competition took place between the several interested parties. Finally a businessman from the island of Macao purchased the tea for a price fifteen times higher than the original starting price, thus almost 20 000 US dollars.
- Fujian, Wuyi
- loose tea
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