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What is Wu Yi Yan Cha?

This region is the pinnacle of Min Bei (northern Fujian) Wu Long. The mantra for Yan Cha is “rock bone and floral fragrance.”

While all Wu Longs are floral, the "rock bone" of Yan Cha refers to a highly desired "molten stone" mouth feel and long mineral finish. The leaves are heavily roasted to achieve a signature dark and bold aroma and taste.

The most prized Yan Cha comes from the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wu Yi Shan. Within the limit of this scenic region, the terroir is called Zheng Yan (True Cliff).

Learn more about Yan Cha Wu Long with our Tea Fundamentals.

History of Da Hong Pao

Origin: Wu Yi Shan mountains, Fu Jian Province, China (~300-500m elevation)

Da Hong Pao – “Great Red Robe” – this name is derived from various tales around six tea bushes that hang halfway of a cliff behind the ancient Tian Xin Yong Le Temple. Though Da Hong Pao as Wu Yi folklore has been around for a while, the association with these specific trees (three then, six now) was not recorded until the 1920s. It is the only blend among China’s famous teas with its own designated name. Da Hong Pao is a blend of multiple varietals balancing texture and aroma.

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Award-Winning Zheng Yan Terroir

Da Hong Pao from Zheng Yan in Wu Yi Shan is known for its bold, lavish, floral flavor with a lingering minerality.

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Tasting the 2019 II Vintage

So tender, so pure, so sweet. This Da Hong Pao is as exquisite as first love, the beauty that stayed forever young. You’ll want to write poetry for this tea. It offers a distinguished low-key edginess with long finish.

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If you love this guided tasting, join us monthly with our Educational Tea Club! We deep dive into two teas a month over Zoom. You'll be able to participate live and ask questions and taste the tea together with our community.

Example Curriculum

  Da Hong Pao, Wu Yi Shan, Spring 2019 II
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What You'll Need

To get the most out of this session, we advise having a gong fu brewing set up ready to brew along with. A Gai WanFairness PitcherStrainer, and Three Sip Cup is recommended.

You can purchase a full gong fu brewing kit here.

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