Red Robe, which is one of the most well-known Chinese teas, has recently received much media coverage for being sold at auction or in restaurants for mind-blowing sums of money. Originally the tea was produced from six mother trees in the Wuyishan National Park that are over 300 years old. These trees produced approximately a kilo of tea each year and were reserved for emperors. Cuttings were eventually taken from these original mother trees and planted. Tea from these cuttings can also fetch astronomical sums, depending how similar they are to the tea of one of the mother trees.
Many teashops now carry a Red Robe tea. How they relate to the mother trees, however, is usually a mystery to me. Prices vary widely depending on quality, but I usually find them to be all very drinkable. Today I’m trying Grey’s Teas’ Red Robe. It is priced well and the leaves are nice and full. Let’s see how it cups out.
This tea has a good amount of complexity between its roasted and sweet notes. Even if you are not totally sold on roasted oolongs, this tea is not overly roasted – which I personally like. Because it cups out numerous infusions, the tea is good value for money. It is not the most complex Red Robe I’ve tried, but it doesn’t fall short on flavour and aroma, by an means
Retail price: 60 gram packet for £16.13 /125 gram packet for £29.32