During the visit of China of Formal President Nixon, Chairman Mao gifted him 200 grams of Wu Yi Big Red Robe tea. Nixon thought that it was not an appropriate gift from the leader of such an enormous nation. While Prime Minister Chow noticed the confusion of Nixon he explained to him that it was already half of the entire nation’s production on such a precious tea that used to be a royal exclusive luxury that has an annual production of 400 grams. That would conclude the famous “Big Red Robe diplomacy”.
The story reflects that the original Big Red Robe is such a precious tea that can only enjoyed by royalty of dynastic China back in history.
Today, thanks to the successfulness of reproduction of the then only 6 original bushes, we can enjoy the precious tea as we please as ordinary consumers.
As a breed of the best black teas, the Big Red Robe stands as a symbol of the traditional Chinese tea culture. Its charisma comes from the distinctive aroma that has a roasted and refreshing feeling that comes from a natural essence. Its soup persists a rich, silky texture that consists for up to 8 brews.
It is best to brew the Big Red Robe with boiled water of 95 C and up.