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This Ancient Wild Tree black tea comes from Fengqing, Yunnan. The tea garden is at 2000 meters high, is renowned as a good place of growing good tea.
The local tea tree is Fengqing large leaf species, can produce thick tea leaf. Our Ancient Wild Tree black tea then has large, strong leaves. The dry tea is glossy and dark, covered with thin pekoes. Its full aroma and bold taste can be revealed when brewed, as well as the particular strong taste which brings a characteristic of raw pu-erh to this black tea.
Yunnan Province has an abundant resource of wild tea trees, some of which have been lived for over a thousand years. These trees are protected and regarded as treasures to live to this day.
Wild tea trees are often used for making pu-erh tea and black tea. For making black tea, the result product can have a very distinct combined feature of Yunnan’s black tea and Yunnan’s pu-erh. Just as the name indicates, this black tea is made of the leaves from ancient wild tea tree. Being processed in the traditional way of crafting Dian Hong tea, this wild tree black tea has been given a unique charm of being bold but delicate.
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A cup of Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Chinese Red Black Tea will not only attract you by its taste, but also by its appearance: so dark and strong with tight and long tips. This tempting appearance is produced in Yunnan. While if you want to describe its taste, you can use the word elegant. It can serve you a cup of elegant gongfu tea or afternoon tea.
High mountains and proper environment produces good tea. Chinese Red has a price of high value. Its special tea tree and superb making skills make this tea carrying a unique fragrance as rich as perfumes. The top notes make you delighted; the middle notes fresh your mind; the base note of strong floral fragrance make you intoxicated.
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.
The tea tree in Fengqing is Fengqing large leaf species (belongs to Yunnan large leaf species). It is the variety of sexual propagation, arbor, super large leaf, origin in Fengqing, big plant which could reach the height over 6 meters, with the leaf at length of 12.6 – 20.5 centimeters and width of 5.2 – 8.1 centimeters. In 1984 the Chinese government certificated Fengqing large leaf species as national grade, and numbered it as “Huacha NO. 13 (GsCT13)”. Fengqing large leaf species contains a large amount of tea polyphenol and catechin. Usually in spring teas there are 2.9% of amino acid, 30.2% of tea polyphenol, 3.2% of caffeine and 13.4% of catechin.
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.
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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This is the best black tea I received from Teavivre so far. The first thing that hit me when I opened the bag was very strong smell of red orange and dark chocolate. I sometimes go to my tea shelf just to smell this tea. It is hard to believe that this is natural fragrance, that it was not scented. And the taste follows. It is extremely complex and it changes telling the new stories the longer you brew it. Highly recommended. No tea lover should be without this tea at home.
Absolutely love this tea! Well balanced flavors, great price, and can steep many times. With western style steeping, (3 minutes at 212 degrees)you get a good cup, but not the best this tea can be. Strong, slightly bitter with a very earthy/malty taste and floral/stone fruit undertones that are stronger in the aftertaste, it's a good cup for breakfast or a long night. But when brewed eastern style this is an amazing tea! Starts out malty and rich with chocolate and musk fruit undertones and transitions into a earthy, honey/stone fruit flavor with unidentifiable floral hints. The taste lightens about the 4th steeping while still staying strong with a long finish. I can steep this tea around 12-15 times before the taste thins out! Every cup gets lighter on the earthy and honey flavors and more fruity, ending with musk fruit and floral tastes with a seaweed/dark herb aftertaste. Good to the last cup! High quality, great price, and great flavor. this is a great tea to learn eastern style brewing with, and just to enjoy on a slow afternoon. Highly recommend this tea for anyone who likes darker oolongs and any kind of black tea.
What a beautiful tea! So aromatic. Leaning toward fruity/floral rather than malty/rich but has plenty of complexity and a long lasting aftertaste. Not like any other dian hong I've tried! Very special and highly recommended.
It is no secret that I love teas with a heavy rose note, especially ones that come about it naturally and not by scenting or blending, I am not sure why but of all the various oddball notes that show up in tea rose is the one that seems most magical. The taste of this steep does not change much, the main difference being stronger woody notes and a slightly earthier middle, but wow, the aftertaste on this steep is persistent. I timed it between steeps, how long the rosy aftertaste lingered, it was a full 12 minutes, which was impressive! I was able to get several more steeps out of this tea before it called it quits, while not being the most chocolaty or rich of all the various Dianhongs I chug, it certainly is the most unadulterated rosy which I loved.
This is a tasty and complex tea. I brewed it at 190 degrees with 3 tsp leaf for 3 min in a 16 oz teapot. IT came out quite good. There are a lot of complex notes in this tea. I found fruity, malt, spices, honey, brown sugar, dried fruit, molasses, and chocolate. This tea should be even better when I get around to gongfu brewing it but it is 5 am here.
my favorite black tea for sure, it has the most fruity taste of all black teas i ever tasted
This tea deserves the high rating it has. It is a unique black tea with an extremely complex taste. It is malty-sweet at first, evolving into sublime notes of cacao with a very creamy-smooth transition into a floral aftertaste, which is delicate yet lingers all the way through to every last drop. This is a breathtaking tea, it is so easy to brew and even easier to enjoy. It is also too complex to describe. There is a lot about this tea that is amazing. It is expensive, but truly there is nothing quite like it.
Tried this as a sample not knowing what to expect. I chose wisely. The sip had an unexpected evolution from sip to lip to finish. Dark, rich not bitter with a sweet tinge.
This is probably the most sophisticated black tea from Teavivre. It is quite unlike other blacks, tasting more like a wine or an elixir rather than a usual tea. I brew it the following way. I boil about 1 liter of water in metallic (no plastic parts!) electric kettle and let water cool for 8 minutes. I add 1 full table spoon of the tea into a large ceramic teapot and pour about 0.5 liters of cooler water. Let it stand for about 35-40 minutes. The result is very delicious and refreshing. Try this tea in the morning and on an empty stomach. Or drink it after a glass of a mineral water (such as Perrier). Second brew is also good, but for it use boiling water and reduce water amount to about 0.25 liter. By the way, the quality of water is very important for this tea as it is very gentle in taste. Use only quality filtered or distilled water.
OMG, SO FRUITY!!! I had two gorgeous steepings of this tea this morning. This is the fruity-est (ha!) unflavored black tea I’ve had! Why would you ever need a flavored tea, when your have this one? Honestly, it’s better than fruity flavored teas I’ve had. I think it’s definitely a stone fruit flavor. Peaches and plums. It’s smooth, a bit malty, and delicious! Yum yum.
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