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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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89 / 100
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This is one of those teas that I love and could drink every day, but when I've served it to others, I found it doesn't appeal to as wide an audience, especially among those with Western tastes. People who like more "serious" Chinese teas like it, it but a lot of people either find it boring or are put-off by the astrin...

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98 / 100
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I found this tea absolutely delightful. I continue to be impressed with Yunnan Sourcing, ordering one top-notch tea after another, all reasonably priced.

The dry leaf has the most amazing aroma of any tea I've sampled over the past couple years. It's both strong and complex, floral, malty, spicy, and lightly smoky a...

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81 / 100
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Yunnan FOP from TeaSource

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China
Jun. 19th, 2019

One of the most interesting teas I've tried in a while!

The dry leaf, which is quite aesthetic looking, smells very unusual and different. The aroma is strong, quite smoky and also herbaceous, with hints of malt and cocoa. It also reminds me a little bit of the smell of an ashtray though, and also of the "new car" s...

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80 / 100
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Select Yunnan Black from Imperial Tea Court

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China
Mar. 22nd, 2019

The aroma of this tea is clean and straightforward, with a slight pungency that perks you up. The taste is simple, mellow, and lightly sweet. It's a great tea to drink slowly, savoring the richness with every sip. The liquor is fairly dark but that doesn't really detract from the taste.

Although at the lowest end of...

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85 / 100
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Black Dragon Pearls from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China
Mar. 19th, 2019

Kind of like a breakfast tea with a hint of cocoa flavor

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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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Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea – Golden Tip

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

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