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Master Xu’s Fragment Of Imperial Red Robe 大红袍 2019


Da Hong Pao is called the King of Teas in China. It originally comes from 6 mother trees that grow in Wuyishan National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site. The trees date from the time of Shakespeare and have been the preserve of the emperors and leaders since the 18th century when the 6 trees were enobled with an emperor’s red robe hence the name Da Hong Pao or “Big Red Robe”. It was the tea that Mao gave Nixon when he visited China and when Nixon complained he wasn’t given much, he was told he was given half of China’s allocation, meaning half of Mao’s allocation. Only about a kilo of this tea used to be produced from the 6 trees every year and was sometimes auctioned by the Wuyishan government to raise the area’s profile. Each time it was auctioned between 1998 and 2005 it fetched over $20,000 for 20g. Master Xu pictured below supervising the picking of the mother trees, made true Da Hong Pao several times including the very last time. Twenty grams of this last production of Da Hong Pao by Master Xu is now on display in the National Museum.

The tea we call Fragment of Imperial Red Robe is also completely handmade by Master Xu and most importantly it is from the very first cuttings taken twenty five years ago from the second mother tree thought to be over 350 years old which is famed for its aroma and fragrance. This tea is as closest to mother tree Da Hong Pao tea that is possible to buy and according to Master Xu very close in taste and aroma.

This tea is only sporadically available throughout the year as we make around 2-3 annual orders. To pre-order this tea please email us at

Master Xu, Jiu Long Ke, Wuyishan, China

2 acres

First generation cuttings from 2nd Da Hong Pao mother tree. Camellia Sinensis Sinensis, Qi Dan cultivar. Medium charcoal roasting. Harvested early Summer 2019.

90-95°C, 6g per 150ml. 8+ infusions.

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