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Wikipedia: Dianhong | Teaviews: yunnan-tea 
Last Updated: Oct. 5, 2018 

About Yunnan Red

Closeup of loose-leaf black tea with golden and brown colors, dry-lookingYunnan Jig from Adagio Teas, a Dian Hong. Photo © A Girl With Tea, CC BY 2.0.
Yunnan red, often referred to by its Chinese name Diānhóng(滇红), and sometimes called Yunnan black tea, refers broadly to black tea from Yunnan province, China. The name comes from the appreviation for Yunnan province, Diān(滇), and the word for "red", hóng(紅), from the Chinese term for black tea, making "Yunnan red" a natural translation.

Dian hong teas are diverse and come in many different leaf styles and grades. They range from strong, dark black teas to sweet, light-colored teas.

Nevertheless, these teas often share certain characteristics in common. These teas are often described as having a peppery quality. The aroma is typically malty, and these teas are often described as being similar Assams, but the flavor and mouthfeel is often softer or smoother than that of teas from Assam. Some teas have a subtle smokiness to them.

Leaf styles vary from teas with a twisted or curled shape, to long, straight, needle-like teas, to tightly rolled teas. Some of these teas are even compressed, although this is much less common than with Pu-erh.

Yunnan gold is a type of Yunnan red tea which is tippy (rich in leaf buds) and has leaves that are golden in color. We classify teas in this subcategory when they are marketed as such or when the leaf has a significant portion of visibly golden tips.

Prices on dianhong vary widely, but these teas are often available for lower prices than teas of comparable quality from other provinces.

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This tea is so good!! It smells nice and has a good flavor but with none of the harshness or bitterness that tea sometimes has. It’s really smooth and bready but still interesting and fragrant

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This tea is really good! It has a bready and raisiny aroma it tastes very smooth and somewhat chocolaty. My one complaint is that it’s very slightly astringent in the aftertaste.

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93 / 100
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I found this a pleasant tea to drink but it was not among my favorites. It was surprisingly different from its organic counterpart. Of the two, I strongly preferred this one.

The leaf is tightly rolled and quite beautiful. Compared to the organic version of this tea, it looks a little paler in color and slightly loo...

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95 / 100
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I love this tea! It’s very smooth and easy to drink, it’s not astringent. It has a dark toasty flavor and is very comforting to drink. It smells nice and bready too!

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82 / 100
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This tea was quite singular, unlike most of the other teas from Yunnan Sourcing. I thought it was a good tea but it was a bit too much for me. It's strong, both by flavor and caffeine. I am reviewing the Spring Harvest from 2020.

This tea took up a lot less space than most all the other Yunnan Teas I've tried. The d...

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Yunnan Gold (Golden Yunnan)

Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Yunnan Gold
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
52
6 Ratings
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Yunnan Breakfast

Brand:Rishi Tea
Style:Yunnan Red
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
35
4 Ratings
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Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea – Golden Tip

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Yunnan Gold
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
32
4 Ratings
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Yunnan Noir

Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Yunnan Gold
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
64
4 Ratings
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Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Chinese Red Black Tea

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Yunnan Red
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
57
3 Ratings

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Ancient Golden Yunnan

Brand:Rishi Tea
Style:Yunnan Gold
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
87
3 Ratings
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Yunnan Gold

Brand:Bare Tea
Style:Yunnan Gold
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
66
3 Ratings
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Yunnan Noir

Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Yunnan Gold
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
64
4 Ratings
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China Breakfast

Brand:Rishi Tea
Style:Yunnan Red
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
58
3 Ratings
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Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Chinese Red Black Tea

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Yunnan Red
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
57
3 Ratings

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