Big Red Robe
Big Red Robe, also known as Da Hong Pao, is one of the world’s most famous oolongs. Grown and harvested on the remote Wuyi Mountain cliffs, it is a rare treasure to savor. Big Red Robe’s big, long, dark leaves are gently twisted and profusely aromatic. Their full fragrances range from nutty and roasty to mineral, woodsy and fruity. The brew’s aroma is assertive and rich, with notes of charred grilling planks and stewed apples. Its dark caramel liquor is complexly woodsy. Notes of dried wood, charred wood, fallen leaves and cracked walnut shells are backed with malt, an apricot-citrus tone, light astringency and the distinctive spiced wood note of fine Japanese incense. The big flavor of its rounded, astringent finish fades slowly. Later infusions are sweeter and fruitier than the first. This dark, heavily oxidized Wuyi oolong is a natural accompaniment for foods like cedar-plank-grilled tilapia, grilled peaches misted with balsamic vinegar, pecan pie drizzled with warm cream, or poached pears with caramelized nuts.