Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) Ban Yan

Sold in 50g increments. From the famous mountains of Wuyi in Fujian Province comes over 600 varieties of oolong, but the Big Red Robe is the most famous. This tea is not grown within the 70 sq km of the Wuyi National Scenic Area so we have to label it a "Ban Yan," or "semi-authentic" (compared to our Jade Buddha Big Red Robe). This tea is rich in the classic mineral and woody Wuyi Shan flavor, with pineapple and nutty notes.

Brewing tips: oolongs can be brewed in a gaiwan or in a Yixing teapot. Preheat vessel and cups with near boiling water (85-95°C or 185-200°F). Fill 1/3 to 1/2 of the volume with tea and add water and push off the bubbles with the lid as you cover and pour out this wash. Add more water, cover and infuse for 10-15 seconds, depending on taste. Pour tea into preheated cups and serve. Infusion can be repeated six or more times, increasing the infusion time as necessary.

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