Review: Norbu Tea Imperial Dian Hong

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Thumbs up!"This tea features the characteristics I have come to expect from a good Yunnan: a nice peppery-like spiciness (although not too strong), a sweet maltiness, and perhaps just a hint of smokiness. "
Vanessa’s Teaview: 8/10
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norbudianimperialNorbu's Imperial Dian Hong (aka Yunnan) is a great example of why what we Westerners know as black tea is termed Red Tea in Eastern countries. This tea brews to a beautiful reddish hue and emits a wonderfully hearty aroma. Since Yunnan tea is hands-down my favorite black tea these days, I jump at any opportunity to sample another variety of it. Norbu's Imperial Dian Hong is a Fall 2008 harvest and comes from western Yunnan province. The harvested leaves are hand-processed; they are rolled into long spear-like shapes that are quite elegant and reveal a nice variety of brown, gold, and dark green colors. This tea features the characteristics I have come to expect from a good Yunnan: a nice peppery-like spiciness (although not too strong), a sweet maltiness, and perhaps just a hint of smokiness. This tea needs no milk or sugar to be enjoyed, although adding either or both of them still results in a perfectly drinkable cup. This was a smooth and tasty representative of a Yunnan and one that I really enjoyed. I recently sampled other Yunnan teas as well, and while Norbu's offering wasn't my absolute top favorite, it does still rank highly on the list. The only negative thing I would have to say about this tea is that the liquid produced was a bit more light-bodied than I was expecting from a black tea. Still, in all, a delicious tea and one I would recommend.

— To purchase Norbu Tea Imperial Dian Hong, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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