Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"The brewed tea is a dark coppery color that is rich and very aromatic. The flavor is sweet and malty, with a bread or toast like quality that is accentuated by the mouthfeel of the tea. "|
This is my first experience with Teavivre, a company that appears to specialize in Chinese teas. I am a long time lover of Yunnan black tea, and when I saw this sample packet of their Yunnan Dian Hong, I was very excited, as the leaves appear to be of very high quality. The Teavivre website says that this is the "highest grade Dian Hong generally available in China – called Golden Tip Dian Hong". The Golden Tip moniker is, indeed, well-suited. The leaves are hardly black or brown at all, but instead very light with golden and coppery hues. The dry leaves have an intoxicatingly strong aroma that is sweet and heady. I am very excited to proceed with sampling this tea! The Teavivre website suggests a 185-degree brewing temperature, but I must admit that I used my more standard boiling water temperature simply because I did not see this information earlier. After drinking my sample, I can say that I do not feel that using boiling water negatively affected the outcome. I steeped the leaves for three minutes. The brewed tea is a dark coppery color that is rich and very aromatic. The flavor is sweet and malty, with a bread or toast like quality that is accentuated by the mouthfeel of the tea. The sweetness is akin to caramel but is not so potent so as to be overwhelming. I enjoyed this tea straight up, but given that it is a rather robust brew, I imagine that it would stand up to milk or sugar just fine. When I compare this tea to the many other Yunnan offerings I have sampled, I would say that this is certainly high on the list, but not the single best offering I have had. However, as far as striking a balance between quality and price, this is certainly a tea to consider. If you are looking for a moderately-priced, high-quality Yunnan that delivers a complex and robust flavor profile, this is a tea for you.
— To purchase Teavivre Yunnan Dian Hong Black Tea, 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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