Liu Guo Ying Da Hong Pao 2018
Origin: Fujian, China
Picking Standard: 3 slightly open leaves
Tea Master: Liu Guo Ying
Also known as “Big Red Robe” this organically grown tea is traditionally roasted over the period of several months. Mr. Liu roasts the leaves in bamboo baskets over charcoal ovens. The first roasting is the hottest, with temperatures up to 265 degrees to remove most of the moisture in the leaf. Over the 8- to 10-hour roasting period, the tea leaves are shaken every hour or so to ensure even roasting. Once this initial roast is complete, Mr. Liu allows the leaves to rest for about a month before the next roasting. Each subsequent roasting is cooler but lasts longer.
This long production cycle results in a rich, flavorful cup with a mellow, round flavor and a sweet finish. The flavor is decidedly roasty but not as strong as our Premium Narcissus or Rou Gui with notes of toasted grain, honey, and just a light floral fragrance. A memorable tea from a true master.
Ingredients: oolong tea