Chinese Black Tea - Dianhong

Regular price $35.00

Dianhong 滇红 means "Yunnan Red", is a Chinese black tea which comes from Yunnan.

It’s considered a relatively high-end gourmet black tea. The main difference between Dianhong and other black teas is the number of fine leaf buds, or "golden tips", present in the tea. Dianhong teas produce a brew that is brassy golden orange in color with a gentle earthy aroma and no astringency. It has a substantial body, and after brewing, it tastes deep and smooth.

100g/3.5oz: approx. 85 x 240ml/8oz-cup

High Caffeine

Picked in Spring 2020 



What to look for

Largely black dried leaves with bursts of golden tips

Aroma

Fresh and floral aroma, with the typical black tea malty base

In the cup

Reddish brown

Taste

Sweet, thin, and lively with low astringency

Maintaining the best way to make it.

From the mountains. Natural drying. Wood-fired.

Health Benefits of Dianhong Black Tea

The Dianhong Black Tea improves metabolism and increases blood flow. It also reduces blood pressure, which leads to an improved cardiovascular health. Additional benefits include lowering blood sugar and slowing down aging.

Direct from the origin

The Dianhong Black Tea is originally grown in Yunnan Province, China. The mountains of Yunnan Province are where one would typically find the tea fields hosting black teas.

Farmer - Mrs. Shao

Mrs. Shao have been in the business of producing and making teas for years, and they are training their children in the art of making tea as well. According to them, making tea is not just a job—it is also an art form that you need to learn and understand. “We spend our mornings and afternoons preparing high quality teas, and we are always looking to improve our processes. One of the main tea specialties offered by the Shao Family is the Dianhong Black Tea.

Farmland - Shao Tea Garde

This Dianhong Black Tea hails from the Shao Tea Garden in Feng Qing, Yunnan Province. The plantation has an elevation of 1800m, and the tea leaves are harvested at the end of April every year just in time for spring. This area has a high vegetation index, and you can go hundreds of kilometres without seeing any form of pollution. The fertile soil contributes to the freshness and quality of the Dianhong Tea.

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Brewing Method

Cup Method

Tea: 2 Teaspoons / 2g Tea

Teacup: 8.8oz / 250ml

Temp: 210℉ / 100℃

Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins

Gaiwan Method

Tea: 4g

Teacup: 4oz / 120ml

Temp: 210℉ / 100℃

6 Steeps: 15s, 25s, 40s, 60s, 80s, 100s

History of Dianhong Black Tea

1938, three years before Pearl Harbour bombing, when most of the Chinese coastal ports and tea regions in the east and south east had already been occupied since the Japanese invasion, the Chinese Nationalist ( aka KMT ) government retreated to the southwest in Sichuan. Alongside with the hundreds of tasks for defence and re-organisation, a couple of tea teams were sent to the neighbouring province — Yunnan — to explore setting up of a black tea production base for export to replace those in occupied Fujian, Jiangxi and Zhejiang. The resistance needed as much revenue as they could get in order to operate.

One of the locations the team went was Feng Qing in Lincang where historically had been the base for tea plant diversity and abundance. Myths had it that the first black tea made in that location was instantly popular and exported. However, it was likely to be more an experiment with cultivars and methodology. The production size was small. Nevertheless, that was the birth of Yunnan black tea — Dianhong.


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