This is a classic, mouthwateringly good dian hong Tea. What makes this tea so delicious are the small contributions made by many factors, but what is most important is that its flavor and style is unique and distinctive. One of the first unique aspects that we liked is this teas enticing aroma, reminiscent of darkly-roasted coffee or bitter chocolate. While we have tasted Yunnan black teas that have had a preponderance of a biscuit or ‘burnt-toast' aroma, this coffee-ish/cocoa aroma is much more unusual.
This is an elegant tea, both in appearance and taste. The slender leaves are actually slender buds - sweet and delicious - that are covered in a downy felt which signifies an early spring pluck. Southwest China is one of the original locations for the tea plant– and dian hong from Yunnan is one of our favorite types of tea from China. Feng Qing County in Lincang Prefecture is famous for producing delicious dian hong tea. Here, in remote areas, tea bushes thrive in the perfect climate, producing robust raw materials from many different sub-varieties of tea trees and tea bushes which yield distinctive teas in the tea factories. This leaf is plucked two times each year - in the early spring and in the fall. This tea is made from local tea bush cultivars that send out new leaf that is smaller in size than that of other tea bushes growing in this region. The flavor of this tea has a slight leathery, smoky initial taste, followed by the familiar dian hong biscuit, caramel flavor. Spring tea is light and sweet - fall tea is richer and mellower.
◆ Origin: China.
◆ Tasting & Appearance: strong floral fragrance, tastes mellow, rich and full with strong sweet aftertaste.
◆ Notes & Well Being: the combined effects of the caffeine in black tea and aromatic substances, can increase blood flow and improve metabolism to get rid of acid, excessive salt (hypertension). The black tea polyphenols in Dian Hong tea have an anti-inflammatory effect, lowering blood sugar, balancing/lowering blood pressure.
Dose of tea
1 Tsp. for 6 oz Cup
195°F - 205°F
3 - 5 Minutes