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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.
Dian Hong is best brewed in an enamel glass or teapot. One to two teaspoons of leaves should be used for each cup of tea. It should be brewed in water that is around 185 ºF (85 ºC) for 2 to 3 minutes. Dian Hong can be brewed 12 times depending on your taste, with an additional minute being added to the steeping each time.
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.
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Yunnan blacks are my favourite teas, and this may be my favourite Yunnan black. It's a dark, rich tea, with a wonderful aroma (hints of cocoa, slightly fruity, and some almost mossy notes), and an even nicer liquor. It's like drinking an old forest.
This is my second review of Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea – Golden Tip, but every bit as good as the first time I tasted it. The warm honeyed tones of the long, fluffy, dry leaves echo the the steeped tea's warm sweetness. The dark red/gold liquor has a satiny-smooth, honey flavor that tickles the taste buds, lingering on the tongue. A tea to have and treasure especially as winter comes on. After a savory meal this full-bodied tea (with no bitterness) holds it own. I don't detect smokiness or chocolate but a rich sweet-potato, maple or caramel sense. A fine, full-bodied tea to warm the soul.
I love this tea! Bright, clean and crisp sweet potato and sweet citrus; little malt. The wet leaves are the most beautiful I have ever seen! Glowing golden honey!
I am trying to really get into plain blacks. It is a strange thing to love pu’erh, but not like plain blacks… Once steeped, this mainly smells like hay to me. Hay and maybe a tiny, tiny bit of chocolate. I think that this may come out more in a second steep. Ahhh. Although it smells like hay, that note is actually quite subtle. The chocolate tones are far more evident. I also taste some of the sesame that I associate with the Laoshan black from Verdant. This is much more mellow than I expected sigh of relief. This review was originally published on Steepster by Tamm on 25 August, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Tamm.
A nice Yunnan tea for the price
This is one very fine tea! First of all, the leaf is gorgeous - twisted, curled with a little fuzz and lots of golden color. The smell is divine - sweet, malty, cocoa-like. The tea soup is a deep yellow brown color with no astringency - very smooth and sweet with a touch of honey that comes through after the malt.
Interesting how my first logging of this tea was on a day that I awoke with a headache and congestion, and now today, this is the tea that I have selected for the very same reasons. I opted not to take conventional medicine and have this as one of the ingredients in the otc medication for my headaches is caffeine, and I thought this would be a better tasting way to treat my head issues. I was reminded of this tea, and the sweet potato and raisin flavour notes that another reviewer noted, and I reread the reviews which all pretty consistently and conclusively list sweet potato or orange and sweet potato notes…and well, that all sounds good, though I’ve never thought of comparing tea tastes to that of sweet potatoes or raisins. Dry leaves…in the package they are beautiful and golden, and as some have said, fuzzy. I took in as deep a breath as I could muster with the congestion and sniffed as much as I could. They smelled sweet and fragrant, and rich but delicate. Brewed…I did my best to try to taste the sweet potato notes in this tea, and I think that having that expectation to look for, I found it, at the back of my mouth, as I finished my sip, but I wouldn’t have had the foggiest idea what that was otherwise. There is a bit of tartness, which could be what some are saying is orange or citrus. The overall flavor is light and delicate, but earthy and warm, and a bit complex. I can sense a roasty/toasty essence which may be malty on the tongue, with a sweet-ish aftertaste. I have raised my rating on this tea. I used water just before it was at a full boil, with one scoop of leaves in my bamboo spoon, and about 4/5 full of water in my steeper…I did not measure out specifically, I just poured it in over the leaves. I have one last serving of this. For a straight black tea, I like it. I may have to explore more yunnans. This review was originally published on Steepster by Heather Martin on June, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Heather Martin.
Best black tea I've had! I would recommend it to all black tea lovers out there. For me, it had the effect to confirm that black tea is not my favorite type of tea. Nevertheless, this tea has a great smell and taste.
Thanks again to Teavivre for sending me this awesome sample! Once again, I find myself trying a black tea. This one was actually better than the other, with an even smoother flavor. It also had the bonus of not getting bitter or astringent when I accidentally let it sit and cool for half an hour. Unfortunately, I have a busy evening ahead, and don’t have time to talk about every single cup I had, but expect a more detailed review next time (and there WILL be a next time.). This review was originally published on Steepster by Joshua Smith on May, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Joshua Smith.
Okay I bought this on steepster reviews alone. The warm honeyed tones of the long, fluffy, dry leaves reflect the delicious flavor of the steeped tea. A dark gold liquor with a smooth, satiny honey flavor that fills the mouth and remains on the tongue. Truly a memorable tea. Full-bodied with no bitterness. Definitely no sugar or milk needed. Some reviewers mention sweet-potato or maple references (which I get), but without smokiness or chocolate tones. Overall a lovely 'black' to always have in the larder. I'm glad I took a chance with this one. It's definitely one not to miss.
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