Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) is a Wuyi rock tea grown in the Wuyi Mountains of Fujian Province, China. Da Hong Pao has unique orchid fragrance, long-lasting and tasted sweet in the end. Dry Da Hong Pao has tightly knotted ropes shape, slightly twisted strips, and green and brown in color. After brewing, the tea is orange-yellow, bright and clear. The best way to brew Da Hong Pao is by using Purple Clay Teapot and 100℃ water temperature. Compared to other tea, Da Hong Pao could brew for nine times and still has its flavor.
The best Da Hong Pao are from mother Da Hong Pao tea tree. Mother Da Hong Pao tea tree have thousand years of history. There are only 6 mother trees remaining on the stiff cliff of Jiulongyu (Wuyi Mountains) which is considered as rare treasure. Because of its scarcity and superior tea quality, it is known as the "King of Tea”. In 2006, the Wuyi city government insured these mother trees with a value of one trillion RMB. In the same year, the Wuyi city government also decided to prohibit anyone from collecting tea from the mother Da Hong Pao tea tree. (6) The last Dahongpao harvested and made from the mother tree has been collected in the Palace Museum in Beijing. So after 2005, the Da Hong Pao on the market are from artificially bred through the asexually produced, which maintained the characteristics of the Da Hong Pao. Da Hong Pao can sell for up to US$1985745 per kilogram or US$35606 per ounce (20g of Da Hong Pao tea from one of the mother plants was sold for ¥15896 in 1998).