Review: Teavivre Yunnan Dian Hong Black Tea

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Thumbs up!"The overall profile of this tea is quite light and playful. While not the most intensely flavoured Dian Hong I've come across, I appreciated its creamy texture and fruity flavours. "
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This is my first time trying out a tea from Teavivre. I must say I'm impressed with the amount of information available online about this offering. Otherwise called Golden Tip Dian Hong, this is the highest grade of Dian Hongs generally available in China. It was grown at 1800m in altitude in Fengqing county, Yunnan. This is a truly lovely tea to behold: the quantity of gold in these leaves is striking. While there is some variation in hue, ranging from tangerine to tan to espresso brown, most of the leaves are bright and light in colour. These also have a beautiful velvety sheen to them. Paired with a brisk caramel and malt aroma, my mouth cannot help but water!

Following Teavivre's suggestions I steeped a generous teaspoonful in water heated to 85 degrees Celsius for 2 and a half minutes. The liquor bears a dark mahogany brown hue, as well as a malt and sweet potato aroma. What is initially most impressive about this cup are the thick and creamy top notes. These are accompanied by an abundance of ripe stone fruit, sweet potato and malt flavours. Dark chocolate notes develop as the tea cools. A hint of toasted bread also makes an appearance once in a while. Although a black tea, I would not add milk and sugar to this brew for fear of missing out on all the delicate notes at play. Besides, this tea is very sweet and perfectly smooth au naturel.

A second round leads to another fine cuppa, albeit a less intricate one than the first. After a 3 and a half minute steep, the initial creamy taste of the attack is combined with tobacco and bitter-sweet chocolate notes of the finish. Although the results are more tannic, these are still not at all rough in feel.

According to Teavivre's website, this tea can be steeped up to 12 times. For the purposes of this review I will limit myself to 3 steepings, partly because my third, lacklustre brew bares little resemblance to the first 2 infusions. After a 4 and a half minute steep, there is some creaminess to the otherwise bland top notes, followed by a tannic tobacco finish. Except for the occasional hint of cocoa, the sweetness has pretty much entirely disappeared.

The overall profile of this tea is quite light and playful. While not the most intensely flavoured Dian Hong I've come across, I appreciated its creamy texture and fruity flavours. It's also reasonably priced considering the quality and the skill required to produce this tea. I would recommend this tea as a good introduction to the genre.

— 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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