Bao Hong, which translates as “Vast Treasure” is a very special, top-grade early spring tea that comes from the beautiful and remote Bao Hong Mountain in Yunnan. The original tea plant was brought from Fujian 1200 years ago by a Buddhist monk visiting the monastery there. The tea garden is at 1600 meters above sea level and is often covered in mist.
Its bud and leaf set are very small, typical of early Spring, pre-Ching ming tea. In fact the leaves for this tea were picked in early March, during a short two-hour period in the early morning before the sun is high. This tea really is a treasure, very fresh, intense and aromatic. You will find that this tea is very dense, with lots of fragrance and lots of small white hairs in the infusion. This tea handles further steepings gracefully. Since it is pan-fried and has the famous sparrow tongue’s shape, sometimes people are quick to think it is a Yunnan Long Jing, and while it may resemble Long Jing in appearance and flavor, it shouldn’t be mistaken. Bao Hong is Bao Hong. Period. Can I have some more water now?
Origin: Yi Liang, Yunnan, China
Harvest: late February, 2019
Color of liquor: pale yellow
Aroma: roasted corn, lemongrass
Flavor: sweet roasted corn, chestnuts
Temperature: 80º c
Steeping Time: 1min; 1min; 2min