After the successful review of the Jin Xuan Milk Oolong from Teavivre, I have been highly motivated to dive in to the other samples. Although the Da Hong Pao Rock Wulong keeps calling me, the Yun Nan Dian Hong black tea is more appropriate for this early morning review.
I have to give Teavivre credit on their website. They have a very helpful amount of information, complete with reviews, for each of their teas. A link to the information they provide on this Yun Nan Dian Hong black tea is available here. I will note a few details here. This black tea is hand-made in the Fengqing region of Yunnan Province, China. According to the TeaVivre website, Fengqing is the origination point of Yunnan black teas. Below is a map of Yunnan Province, China. Image is courtesy of the TeaVivre website.
The appearance of abundant bright golden tips in the sample pack has me excited, so let the journey begin…
The dry leaves of this tea are mostly bright gold, with some dark brown to black. The leaves appear to be almost entirely buds. The few pieces that do have any additional leaves included with the bud show a fine pluck, where only the first leaf down from the bud is picked. The buds and leaves are nicely twisted. The buds are softer to the touch than most black teas. The aroma has scents of sweet hay, caramel, and a light dried fruit (raisin) scent. The aroma also has a bakey character to it.
Four grams of dry leaves were placed in an 8.5 ounce (240 ml) kyusu teapot. Filtered tap water was heated to 190°F (90°C). Leaves were infused for four minutes.
The first infusion had a dark orange-red color, clear and transparent. The aroma has scents of caramel, citrus, dried fruit, and lightly floral. The liquor is full-bodied, with a velvety smooth feel. The taste has notes of citrus, raisins, caramel, and light malt. The finish has notes of malt and cocoa, and the aftertaste is sweet and lingering.
The second infusion had a lighter shade of orange-red color. The aroma changed rather significantly, lightening on the citrus scents, and gaining strength on the raisin scent. There are also scents of honey, and a touch of black pepper. The taste also lightened on the citrus notes, but otherwise retained the notes of raisins, malt, and caramel. The aftertaste took a slightly floral turn, but also had the sweet notes of the first infusion in a lighter form. This change of character was very surprising in a good way. These two infusions were like two different teas, both of which were very good.
The third infusion had a bright orange color, significantly lighter than the second infusion. The aroma retained scents of raisins, honey, and black pepper. The body has lightened to medium, but retained the velvety smooth feel. The taste again lightened on the citrus notes, and notes of raisins and other fruits began to come forward. The aftertaste continues to turn to the floral side and lightened on the sweet notes. Again, this third infusion was quite different from the other two.
The infused leaves had a uniform copper color. The number of buds far outnumbered the fine plucked leaves with buds. Almost all buds and leaves are whole, with only a few fragments found. The aroma has scents of raisins and malt, and is an overall sweet aroma. The buds and leaves feel as though they could provide an additional infusion or two.
This Yun Nan Dian Hong black tea from TeaVivre is a very high quality tea. The aroma, color, and taste of the liquor are all very welcoming. The layers of taste that seemed to come with each infusion were very different, interesting, and all were thoroughly enjoyable. The change of tastes from citrus to raisins to other fruits was very interesting. Another TeaVivre review has been completed, and another recommendation is in order. This is certainly a tea that should be experienced. Thank you, TeaVivre, for including this tea in the samples! Highly recommended.