I had this tea on a winter afternoon at Dobra. It was a lovely version of the Big Red Robe. Not roasted as dark as one would think. That was the really nice part…it had all of the nice warming characteristics of a heavily roasted tea from Wuyishan Mountain while maintaining all of the interesting notes of lilac common to a much greener Oolong. All around very nice indeed. Steeped 10+ times and was still going just fine. Well done Dobra!
Da Hong Pao
A roasted, honeyed Oolong from the Wuyi Mountains in Fujian province. According to legend, a very ill nobleman was lost in the mountains when some poor villagers fed him a brew made from the leaves of a revered tree. He quickly regained his health and was so impressed that he took off his brilliant red robe and hung it on the tree to indicate its power. It’s said that all Da Hong Pao tea bushes can still be traced back to that original tree.