This week’s tea, White 2 Tea Dianhong Black Tea, is a very good representative of Dian Hong black teas. Dian Hong black tea (aka Yunnan Black Tea – Dian meaning Yunnan and Hong meaning red) is among top Chinese black teas.
It’s large leaf Puer material from Lincang area. This tea came with White 2 Tea Club June shipment and has been sitting in my tea cupboard since then. That’s because I just want to cling on to good things as long as possible. Since it’s pressed in 100-gram cakes, you’ll need a tea knife to uncompress the tea leaves.
Dry tea leaves are mostly dark black with some brown tones alongside with yellow tips. I brewed it western style using around 3 grams of tea. It cupped out beautiful red coppery liquor with great clarity. The taste is sweet, reminiscent of cacao and chocolate. There’s almost no astringency, yet just right amount of bitterness. It’s very forgiving as well, it does not feel bitter when over-steeped. The mouthfeel is quite smooth. The aftertaste is quite persistent and leaves a refreshing and sweet taste profile.
As someone who still drinks a lot of black tea, this tea is a definitely perfect match for my palate. Recommended particularly for black tea lovers!