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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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High grade Dian Hong. Beautiful orange fluffy buds (considerably larger than camellia sinensis var. sinensis hong cha). Fragrant. Smooth but bold taste, with some charming high notes still remaining after the oxidation. To brew carefully, flash steeps in a small gaiwan with just 80º water.
What a great tea! Bold in color, fragrance, and taste!
Very tasty and fragrant tea. Not superfine, but good everyday tea.
Beautiful golden leaves that shine with warm glow, it is a pleasure to look at. Smooth malty flavour that matches when I first had a high quality Dian Hong from a much pricier option. Store this tea in a pretty tin if that suits your fancy but allow yourself to enjoy this version more often.
Though I can't compare it to TeaVivre's other Dian Hongs, this tea was complex and tasty, with no astringency and notes of sweet potato and peanuts. I even got a hint of citrus on the last steep. For such a smooth tea, it was also a great morning pick-me-up. Plus, it was really pretty!
This one is one of the best black teas I tasted, definitely better than the lower (but cheaper) grades on this site. The fruity notes are more exposed and with more sweetnes. I would rate this almost a perfect black tea, alongside Golden Monkey and Yunnan Gongfu Fragrant Black Tea. My method: Gaiwan 100 ml, 3,33g for 5/10/15/20… sec @ 90°C Tea Tumbler 250 ml, 6g for 5/10/20/30… sec @ 90°C Flavors: Cocoa, Coffee, Orange, Citrus and cocoa flavors.
Beautiful honey-bark flavor. Incredibly smooth with no bitterness. The tea leaves are very pretty - a container full of golden tips. I've had the tea for less than 2 days and have already had like 8 cups xD
One of the best black teas that I've ever had. Those golden tiny leaves are really beautiful and aromatic. They've a fantastic scent of chocolate, honey and malt with hints of caramel. The flavor is also very intense and strong, but still very delicate and silky mouthfeel. It has strong notes of that same chocolate, caramel, honey and malt than the aroma, but also notes of berries, citrus, cocoa, flowers and smoke. Certainly an excellent tea that has a lot to appreciate in it.
A very good red tea with an aromatic profile typical for Yunnan red teas: strong honey-like tones on a woody-nutty base, from dry leaf to the cup. Nice, well balanced tea. I would recommend for all fans of red teas.
Love at first sip - I was blown away by the deep, warm and very rich taste of this tea. There's a strong liquid caramel taste, and hints of dark chocolate and hay. It's a very smooth and rounded tea - I usually like a little astringent edge to my black teas, but this one is so full of body and flavour I don't miss the 'bite'. There's a nice aftertaste that lingers - a 'baked' kind of taste, or maybe roasted. The dry leaves are beautiful - as golden-yellow as hay, and with a mild scent of warm malt, chocolate and sweetness. The wet leaves just smell incredible, strong and sweet and very tempting. I got about four or five steeps from the leaves, brewing for 30-60s in a yixing teapot, and I think I could have got one or two more if I'd had time.
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