Da Hong Pao is the king of the Famous Four Wuyi Tea in the Wu Yi Mountain of China.
Among all oolong teas, Da Hong Pao has the best reputation. Da Hong Pao is a myth of Chinese tea, since so many mythic stories about it but so rare it is--it's said only several liang available each year. The "TRUE" Da Hong Pao is nearly impossible to gain.
Legend has it that the mother of a Tang 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.
These original bushes, growing on a rock on Mount Wuyi, still survive today and are highly venerated. Less than one kilogram of tea is harvested from these plants each year. This original and real Da Hong Pao can fetch millions of dollars per kilogram.
It is said that during the Cultural Revolution, policy guards kept watch 24/7, to safeguard them from the marauding revolutionaries.
The location of that cliff is named "Nine Drgaon Cave" .
Cuttings taken from the original plants have been used to produce similar grades of tea from genetically identical plants. Taste variations produced by processing, differences in the soil, and location of these later generation plants is used to grade the quality of various Da Hong Pao teas.
Records of its existence date as far back as the early 18th century (Dao Guang Era). During Qing Dynasty, Da Hong Pao was entitled "King of Tea".
When President Nixon visited, Chairman Mao presented him with 100 grams of tea leaves. When Nixon alluded to Mao's "stinginess", Premier Zhou explained such tiny quantity is worth half of Chinese Empire.
In 1998, the Chinese government put it up for sale for the first time and was sold to a group of auctioneers for almost $900,000.
- Weight Loss
- Energy and Metabolism
- Prevention of heart disease and strokes
- Fighting the aging process
- Preventing Cancer and help with infections
- Promoting healthy bones and skin
- Reducing the effects stress has on the body
- Reduce the effects of hypertension
- Reduce the effects of Type II Diabetes.
Wu Yi Tea's Natural Anti-Aging Process
Oolong tea has a substance called Polyphenol, which is a natural antioxidant that comes in the tea. Many signs of aging include dark spots, wrinkled skin, roughness and related blemishes-people have reported a decrease of these symptoms with regular drinking of wu long tea. Polyphenols are powerful compounds that have antioxidant abilities that have been reported to reversed environmental effects of aging. While it won't literally make you stop aging, it can reverse it's toll or slow the process. A polyphenal that aids in this process is called Catechins. It destroys free radicals in your body that increases aging.
Free radicals are caused by things like pollution, smoke, eating, drugs, and even sunlight exposure. Drinking wu yi tea regularly can help reverse the effect from these environmental factors.
Another Polyphenol in Oolong tea is called EGCG, which stands fro Epigallocatenchin gallete. It's like vitamin C or E but much more strong. This also aids in destroying free radicals throughout the entire body. Other antioxidants in the tea include thearubigin and theaflavin that aid in the oxidization process.
Typically, a cup of authentic wu yi tea hs between 20 and 40 mg of polyphenols. This is more than most vegitabls that are considered high on antioxidants. There are a few varieties of Oolong tea, but most of them have the same health and weight loss benefits that aid in preventing or reversing aging.
Wu Yi Tea Weight Loss
If you're looking for a completely natural, safe way to lose weight, you should consider drinking Wu-Yi tea. Many people from China and other Asian countries have been using the tea for weight management and other health benefits for centuries. Drinking the tea rarely does little to help, but drinking it regularly throughout the day can have a dramatic effect on your health and weight.
How it works is this: a substance called Polyphenol is in wu yi tea. What this substance does it activate an enzyme that dissolves triglycerides. All oolong tea has this, as well as green and black tea. However, Oolong tea has a higher dose of it to increase weight loss more than green tea. The result is weight loss and a boosted metabolism.
A 2003 study was published in the Journal of Medical investigation. it was titled "Oolong Tea Increases Energy Metabolism in Japanese Females." The study showed that women who drank wu yi tea had a higher rate of weight loss. In the study there was a group of 120 Japanese woman who drank oolong tea for six weeks. Another group drank green tea and another group drank water. The study found that women who drank wu yi tea directly after a meal had 10% more energy. Green tea increases energy by 4% and water did not increase energy at all.
So you're probably wondering... how much weight can you lose by drinking Wu Yi Tea?
That depends on your physical build, how much you drink the tea, how much you eat, and a score of other factors. However, many people report losing between 10 and 20 pounds by drinking 3 to 4 cups a day. Regardless of all the factors, it is evident that wu yi tea will help you in your weight loss endeavors.
That being said, the tea has not been approved by the FDA for weight loss; that does not mean, however, that its ineffective. Studies have shown a correlation between wu yi oolong tea consumption and an increased metabolism and weight loss. It's been part of the Chinese culture for centuries.
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|Chinese Name||大红袍(dà hóng páo)|
|Other Names||Da Hong Pao, Big Red Robe, Scarlet Robe|
|Growing Area||Wu Yi Shan(Mt.Wuyi), Fujian Province of China|
|Harvest Period||Around Gu Yu, April 20th.|
|Processing Technique||Semi-fermenting Tea, Kill Green(Deactivation)→Rolling and Kneading→Desiccation(Baking)|
|Appearance||Dry Da Hong Pao oolong tea leaves are long, dark, and slightly curled. When brewed, the leaves expand, becoming almost red along the edges and slightly green in the center.|
|Aroma||Sweet, refreshing floral fragrance.|
|Liquor||Bright amber, orange color.|
|Tasting Notes||The orange tea liquid come with strong floral fragrance.The lingering, sweet aftertaste is notable for its hint of wild flowers and fruits.Even after nine infusions, the floral fragrance like sweet-scented osmanthus still remain.Full bodied tea with a swe|
|Teaware||Gaiwan(Covered Bowl), Gong Fu Tea-set, Piao Yi Tea Maker, Zi Sha(Purple Clay Pot)|
|Steeping Instructions||Warm the teapot(Gaiwan)→Add tea leaves→Moisturize and wash the leaves with hot water then pour out the liquid immediately→Add hot water and steep for 10-20 secs for the first infusions.Gradually extend the steeping time for the next infusions.|
|Storage||Seal tightly, store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and odour.|
|Country of Manufacture||China|
|Packing & Weight||50g~500g/bag. Default packing with aluminium coated kraft paper bag.|
Review by Bella Hughes
I steeped this tea pretty light, with a higher water temperature than I would normally use. It had a lot of roasty flavors, which is a one of my favorite rock tea character. I (Posted on 1/19/2016)
Review by Pamela Jones
A fine oolong with an appropriately roasted, nutty flavour. Tasted floral, lightly fruity, smooth. Pretty nice tea. (Posted on 1/27/2014)
nice wuyi oolong Review by Frieda R.
I love it's name-the big red robe. It was warm and nutty. A bit of a bitter on the first sip then a nice sweet aftertaste came along.
A very nice Wuyi oolong. (Posted on 10/24/2013)
Review by Daisy Moore
This is something should be called as wuyi oolong. Right amount of smokey burnt flavour. Very powerful. Long sweet aftertaste. (Posted on 1/4/2013)
not bad Review by Sean K
This tea has a smooth, fruity flavor with a touch of sweetness. It also gave off a smoke aroma, not overwhelming, but it just lingering there.
I prefer the Wuyi Shui xian to this one. But it could be a good choice for beginners of Wuyi oolongs. (Posted on 11/25/2012)
Review by Daisy Moore
This is something should be called as wuyi oolong. Right amount of smokey burnt flavour. Very powerful. Long sweet aftertaste. (Posted on 1/1/1970)
Review by Pamela Jones
A fine oolong with an appropriately roasted, nutty flavour. Tasted floral, lightly fruity, smooth. Pretty nice tea. (Posted on 1/1/1970)
Review by Bella Hughes
I steeped this tea pretty light, with a higher water temperature than I would normally use. It had a lot of roasty flavors, which is a one of my favorite rock tea character. I’d say this tea is super enjoyable. A bit pricy though… (Posted on 1/1/1970)
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