9 Dragon Robe (Jiu Long Pao), is a new Wuyi oolong tea that was developed by the Fujian Province Tea Department by crossing a natural purple assamica varietal with Wu Yi Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) camellia sinensis varietal. On the bush its leaves are a reddish-purple green color that turns a dark reddish-brown with olive undertones when processed. You’ll find this to be a very interesting and delicious Wu Yi tea with a typical Yancha (Rock tea or Cliff tea) profile that is rich in minerals and with a perfect roast. Its body is thick, sweet and unctuos with long-lasting mouthfeeling.
This tea probably gets its name from Jiu Long Ke or “Nine Dragon Cave” where the original Da Hong Pao bushes (Big Red Robe) are located, but due to its purple-varietal nature and famous heritage it is also called Zi Hong Pao (Purple Red Robe) and Zi Long Pao (Purple Dragon Robe).
Origin: Xing Zhen, Cao Dun, Wu Yi Mountains, Fujian, China
Harvest: May, 2020
Color of liquor: golden
Aroma: sweet, fruity, plumbs, light roast
Flavor: nutty, honey-roasted almonds, mineral, iron, full, oily, long-lasting mouthfeel
Temperature: 100º c
Steeping Time: 1min; 1,5min; 2min