Dian Hong is a full and malty black tea from the Yunnan province. The taste is wild, woody but sweet and floral at the same time. It has a low level of bitterness and it might remind you of tobacco.
Black tea production in Yunnan began only in the middle of the 20th century, boosted by a government initiative to increase tea export revenues. Other than the black tea from Eastern China, a big leaf variety is used in Yunnan (Da Ye). This plant yields downy and fleshy buds, which gives the produced tea a typical golden aspect. The down on the buds turns gold upon oxidation.
On the market there are Dian Hong made of solely golden tips. Their high price is rather driven by the all-golden look than by their taste. Usually, the taste is quite weak and disappointing, if you know how full-flavored a Dian Hong can be.
- ORIGIN: Yunnan, China
- MEANING: Yunnan red (dian hong)
- HARVEST TIME: Spring 2016
- TASTE: Full, malty, woody