Review: Teavivre Yunnan Dian Hong Black Tea

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Thumbs up!"Each and every time, the liquor turned out exactly as I hoped - deep gold-to-amber, reeking of honeynut-chocolate."
Geoff’s Teaview: 10/10
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I was randomly contacted through Steepster by a rep for Teavivre a couple of months back with a glowing opportunity - that being to try several of their wares. I don't usually hit up vendors for review samples individually, but I'm certainly not one to turn down offers when they're posed. Happily enough, one of the samples being sent was a Yunnan Dian Hong (black tea). A golden-tipped one, no less. My favorite kind.

The dry leaves for this new batch were all twisty green-'n-gold excellence with a peppery sweet aroma. It reminded me of honey dipped in pyrite. Always a good sign. If this differed from other Jin Cha (gold tea), it was that the sweetness was more omnipresent. Not that I minded.

Teavivre recommended a brew approach of 1-2 tsps. in 8oz. of 185F water steeped for two-to-three minutes I went...um...decidedly stronger than that - 1 heaping tablespoon in 12oz. of 200F water steeped for the full three. Actually, it might've been more than three minutes each time I tried this. I was having problems staying focused.

Each and every time, the liquor turned out exactly as I hoped - deep gold-to-amber, reeking of honeynut-chocolate. On taste, it was as I expected, if not a little bit more. It started off with a honey-ish forefront before settling into an earthy maltiness. Once the bold middle subsided, the trail-off was all sweetness and creamy texture. A second infusion turned up a nuttier/roastier brew but still well within the realm of excellent. A damn good Gold Dian Hong.

— 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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