4 min at 212°
According to legend, the mother of a Ming Dynasty emperor was cured of an illness by a certain tea, and that emperor sent great red robes to clothe the four bushes from which that tea originated. Three of these original bushes, growing on a rock on Mount Wuyi and reportedly dates back to the Song Dynasty, still survive today and are highly venerated.
This wuyi Da Hong Pao Teavivre provides will be a perfect choice for people who want to discover Wuyi Rock Da Hong Pao teas or for oolong lovers that want to find a Da Hong Pao for their daily teas. The tea presents characteristic such as its high and long lasted floral fragrance, smooth, rich, sweet and refreshing aftertaste.
I used the Western method of brewing to sample this tea and found that it came out delicious and rich without any bitterness or astringency. It’s quite a strong tea but very mild and quite good. I didn’t get any floral taste- it was a little fruity and slightly (and pleasantly) smoky. I tried brewing it at 2 min, 3 min and 4 min and found the 4 min brew to be the best. It does not stand up to multiple brewings as well as some other teas I have had but I got two very good brews from the leaves before it started to fade. This a very good tea to try if you like oolongs or have never tried an oolong before.
I like that the Teavivre website gives information about the particular tea both history and location as well as nutritional information. Just about anything one might want to know about the tea is collected all on the same page along with brewing instructions for both Western and Gong fu brewing.