Da Hong Pao 大 红袍 Big Red Robe Premium Region: China, northwest Fujian Description: Da Hong Pao is one of the most famous Chinese rock teas. The tea bush grows at an altitude of 600 meters. Clean mountain air, a variable climate, and special soil positively affect the taste qualities and properties of Da Hong Pao. Due to strong fermentation and long drying, it has a unique aroma and a bright variety of delicate tastes. Taste, aroma: The taste is thick, rich, with a pleasant astringency and tenderness, a rich spicy-sweet aftertaste, with light fruity notes. The aroma is clean, bright and sweet, with notes of bread and dried fruits. Useful properties: Da Hong Pao lowers the number of fat cells and cholesterol in the blood, normalizes metabolic processes, reduces appetite. It has a diuretic effect, gives clarity of mind and invigorates, tones, relieves fatigue. Some history. According to one of the legends written in the Tien Xin Si monastery records, tea got its name and popularity after the incident in 1385, when a student Ding Xian, going to pass the imperial exams, received a heat stroke, and one of the monks of the monastery used this tea to cure him. Having successfully passed the exam and received a significant position (which corresponded to a red robe), the man decided to thank the monk and give him a red coat with the image of a dragon. But the monk, following the traditions of Buddhism, refused the offer, then the man gave his Red Robe to tea bushes. According to another legend, once thanks to the healing qualities of tea, the mother of one of the emperors of the Ming dynasty was healed. In gratitude, the emperor sent huge red robes to dress 4 tea bushes, which gave a healing drink. Brewing method: to brew this tea, you should use porcelain gaiwan, a porous clay teapot or glassware. The proportions of tea to water: 4-5 grams per 150 ml, pour with water no more than 90 ° C. For the first time, it is enough to brew for 6-8 seconds, then you can enjoy the drink. Tea is able to keep its refined aroma and taste for up to 4 or more brewings.