Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea – Golden Tip
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.
Ratings & Reviews
Page 1 of 1 page with 4 reviewsThe aroma is a blend of roasted nuts, cocoa, and beets, it is quite savory rather than sweet. Brewing the tea brings out a fruity quality and sweetness along with the roasted nuts and cocoa quality.
The taste is quite bold and rich, it starts out with roasted nuts and dark chocolate, it has a dry mouth feel and a slight bitterness that fades to sweetness at the end.
I liked this tea a lot. It had a subtle flavor and was really smooth. I thought the tea smelled a little like cooked greens, which I like, so I had no problem with that. I probably wouldn't pay the price, but I can see why others would, it's a high quality tea.
I don't think this is my kind of tea. It's a little weird, but all right. I'm not sure how to describe it. It doesn't have a very strong flavor, and I tend to like strong tea with bold flavors. I added cream and sugar. It's not worth the price to me. It also generates a lot of foam in the leaves while brewing, and there's nothing wrong with that, but it just looks kind of gross.
Alex Zorach (1274 reviews) on Jul. 29th, 2012
Upon brewing, the leaf turns darker in color and produces a rich brown cup.
Like other Yunnan Dian Hong "pure gold" teas that I've tried, this tea is very smooth and has a muted quality to it. It actually reminds me substantially of TeaVivre's Bailin Gong Fu.
Aroma is strongly fruity, almost like raisins or dark grapes, and also bready or biscuity. Flavor is very smooth, with a muted bitterness that emerges in the middle of your sip and then vanishes. There is a sort of strength to this tea, almost like a suggestion of edginess with the edge taken off. Finish is oddly astringent given how low this tea is in bitterness. There's only a hint of the peppery sensation that most Yunnan Dian Hong has.
Overall, drinking this tea leads to a very interesting experience. There's a lot going on both in the aroma and the sensations on the palate.
I found brewing this tea to be pretty easy; it infuses relatively slowly for a black tea, and the character does not change much based on how long you steep it, it just gradually becomes stronger. It is also good for many infusions, at least 2 long or 3 brief ones, brewed Western-style. One caveat: TeaVivre recommends brewing this tea with 185F water; I tried this and, while I found that it brought out faint melon-like tones absent when brewing with boiling water (suggestive of silver needle white tea), the overall result was a blander, weaker cup that had a lot less complexity. I prefer using boiling water.
This tea is not cheap, but Yunnan gold made exclusively of buds never is. I also preferred this slightly to the pure bud Yunnan gold teas from both Adagio and Life in Teacup.
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Our editorial team has selected the following reviews from other websites:
- Teavivre Yunnan Dian Hong - Review on Tea Guy Speaks
Oct. 15, 2011
A positive review of this tea, commenting on its outstanding aroma, contrasting with a flavor that initially disappointed, but became more pleasant upon drinking more of the tea.