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Dian Hong black tea, also known as Yunnan black tea, is one of China's most famous black teas. This is the highest grade Dian Hong generally available in China – called Golden Tip Dian Hong. It has lots of orange pekoe in the dried tea, and brews into an absolutely great tasting, golden coloured tea, with very rich taste and aroma.
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This hand picked and produced tea is made from buds of the Yunnan larger leaf variety of the tea trees. After picking it is meticulously processed by hand using the traditional “Gongfu” processing techniques, and then fully oxidised (fermented). While not containing as much caffeine as coffee, its moderate caffeine and lively taste is perfect to give you a good boost to get you started in the morning.
Being a fully oxidised – or fermented – black tea, Dian Hong does not have the same level of antioxidants that our White and Green teas have, however it is still a good source of these and so will also help reduce the risk of cancers and lessen the affects of aging. Black teas such as our Dian Hong also are considered to help prevent tooth decay and help lower your cholesterol levels.
For more information on the health benefits of TeaVivre's Black Teas, see our article on Tea Health benefit.
Be careful with this tea to not overbrew it, as you will then loose much of the complex, subtle rich tastes that are its highlights.
For more information on some of the skills and arts of brewing tea, check out our article on How To Make Tea.
Our Dian Hong black teas are produced by Fengqing which is located in the south of Dianxi Longitudinal valley, Fengqing is famous as the hometown of Yunnan black tea in Lincang and is one of the original places of tea in the world. In Fengqing lies a succession of mountains, which alternate with rivers. Fengqing has a long history of planting, producing and drinking tea. The Superfine Yunnan Dian Hong Black Tea was successfully produced in Fengqing in 1958, which then has a national reputation.
Mr Zhou Zhirong, who is an authentic Yunnan people, has been in tea business for more than 20 years. We deeply felt his insist of traditional tea process by communicating with him. He said: “Most of my time is spent on tea mountain. I think the most important is the essential quality inside the tea.” “There’s the best tea trees and best environment in Fengqing. What we need to do is to bring the natural of tea to all the tea lovers”.
Mr Zhou in his tea garden
Though black teas have been crafted in China for probably close to 2,000 years, the history of this particular type of black tea – Dian Hong – only stretches back about 100 years. Dian Hong was first crafted in the 1930's a man by the name of Feng Shaoqiu. The first batches of Dian Hong were instantly popular, and were exported through Hong Kong to England, where it became very much sought after due to its high price and favour with the Queen at the time, who preferred it – somewhat scandalously – to the in-favour Indian teas commonly drunk at that time.
Now Dian Hong has become one of the most respected and widely known types of Chinese black tea. Held in extremely high regard in China, it is often presented by the government there as gifts to visiting dignitaries.
You may learn more about black tea knowledge from our article:
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As soon as you pour this tea, you smell the aroma of baked sweet potatoes. Everyone to whom I have served this tea has exclaimed over the aroma and hummed with delight at the flavor. This is one of those teas that you never want to run out of, because it is good at any time of day and with any food pairing or just by itself. This is a top shelf, keeper tea.
YUM! This is a wonderful Yunnan Black. Thanks so much TeaVivre for the free samples!!! This one is malty and rich and sweet. I could drink it all day long.
Hands down my favorite black (or red) tea! I've reordered this tea a number of times now and would not do without. It's wonderful no matter the time of day and has a rich complexity of flavor that I'll never tire of. Malty, sweet potato, somewhat nutty, leaving a honey sweet aftertaste with no astringency. A great tea to wake up to or have as a wind-down in the evening. ALWAYS welcome. Consistently good, no matter when ordered. This is the first tea I run out of and the first tea I order. Thanks Teavivre!
First time, I did a 4 minute steep at about 190 degrees. The aroma is very malty with honey and a light stonefruit note along with some raisin. It tastes like yummy toasty bread with some honey over the top. Maybe a tiny bit of peach or apricot jam. Very tasty! I saw that a lot of people had mentioned sweet potato so I tried a 3 minute steep. The flavor is definitely lighter, but it’s still primarily malt. I can see how it might be a little sweet potatoey. The honey is still there but I don’t really taste fruit anymore. Overall, I think I preferred the longer steep, especially with a touch of sugar. And it doesn’t seem to be astringent in the least. Thanks Angel for providing the sample for review! :)
Teavivre is very responsible for my interest in Chinese black teas, especially those from Yunnan. This smells great, like yams drizzled with dark honey. There is a sweet flavour (the honey yam), with hints of nut.
There is something different about this tea…(I’m going straight in on this review, bypassing the leaves and smell, because I’m pondering live while I write this)… yes, very yam-skin (more earthy than just yam), yes some chocolate….but behind the honey smoothness of this tea is a different note that I haven’t associated with Yunnan before….there is a wonderful note of ground nuts that is settling in-between the other typically Yunan notes that makes this different than the others I’ve tried. Nuts. It’s definitely a middle note that brings that wholeness of this smooth tea together. Nuts. This tea has no astringency, which suits me on this warm morning with an empty tummy. Nuts. Or am I just…. nah, that’s too easy. Highly recommended. Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Nuts, Yams
Nice woodsy aroma. This tea has a slightly sweet taste and a nice maltiness. The flavor is that of an earthy caramel mixed with sweet potato. It has a smooth finish.
Although everything has been said about this tea, I still want to add my two cents! Thanks to *Angel and Teavivre*, I'm sipping on one of the generous samples I got from them. It's not an adjective I have used very often to describe a black tea, but this is somewhat "refreshing". It's light, yet packed with flavour and complexity. It tastes like summer fields! It's so fragrant, all flowers and honey. Can't skip the roasted sweet potato notes, it's there alright. It's a sunny tea, full of warmth and happiness. Thank you *Angel* for this wonderful offering!
Of the three Dian Hong teas that I sampled, the golden tip ended up being my favorite. It had a much more mellow flavor than the others that TeaVivre offers. Unlike the first tea I reviewed, this Dian Hong lacked the strong astringency that I disliked and the malty flavor was much more subdued. It also had rich notes of cocoa and honey that gave it a subtle sweetness, making it perfect for iced tea.
I've been playing around with this tea for a few weeks now. Originally I thought it was good, but wasn't really awed by it. But now I think I need to change my review to 5+ stars. This really is an excellent tea. As I'm starting to learn, I think you need to brew at least 4 or 5 times to find how the tea works best for you. So here's what I found with this tea for my tastes. In a western style brew, I'm not digging it. Really, it tastes kind of like upscale Lipton's. So with Gaiwan style I think I'm getting a completely different experience. My first couple brews I think I went a little too hot on the water. So with that I got more of a woodsy, earthy kind of flavor. Was good, not great. Now I finally figured it out. The key with this tea is to start off at a lower temp, maybe 180ish, and then increase temp as you continue steeps. Steep time can stay about the same. With 30 sec steeps, I'm getting like 12-15 cups from my 100ml gaiwan. With this I'm getting delicious chocolate flavor, sweet potato, honey, just pure goodness. Really a great tea.
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