Organic Dian Hong Yunnan Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Black Tea Leaves
Butterscotch, Caramel, Malt, Chocolate, Raisins, Sweet, Apricot, Baked Bread, Herbs, Honey, Meat, Roasted, Smoked, Thick, Fruity, Plums
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 oz / 422 ml

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Yunnan is a region in China known for producing excellent black tea. Yunnan black is famous for its fat golden buds and our Yunnan Black Tea has a high concentration of these golden buds. Tea brewed from our Yunnan Black Tea has a reddish brown color. The aroma is strong sugary and floral with a slight roasted undertone. The taste is smooth and sweet and the aftertaste is refreshing and clean.

During third century BC, the central area of Yunnan, around present day Kunming (major city), was known as ‘Dian’. The name Dian Hong means “Yunnan Black tea”. Often Yunnan black teas are referred to as Dian Hong teas. Yunnan black teas vary in their flavor and appearance. Some grades have more golden buds and a very sweet and gentle aroma without astringency. Others make a darker, brown brew that is bright, uplifting and slightly sharp. You may add milk to this tea (a longer steeping time is needed to acquire enough astringency to balance the milk).

100% Organic.

The water used to steep this tea should be at the boiling point. Use about 2 teaspoons (3 grams) of tea leaves for about every 5 ounces (150 milliliters) of water. A steeping time of about 3-5 minutes with more or less time is recommended depending on the desired concentration.

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23 Tasting Notes

14 tasting notes

Great smell and taste of Malt, Chocolate, Honey, Roasted, Butterscotch, Caramel.
But it does not last for so many steeps ….

Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel, Malt

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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53 tasting notes

It was crazy windy last night, waking us up in the wee hours with potted plants being flung about outside, and then rainy all morning, so the mail arrived rather late today … with guess what nice surprise, just in time for my afternoon tea pick me up? Yes, this dandy Dian Hong. How perfect. It’s a nice, strong, dark cup, smooth and richly flavored. Just the thing! I over steeped my first go a bit, between 3-4 minutes while I was tending to something else, but 2-2.5 minutes is probably best for the first (western style) infusion. It was still delicious (on my third infusion now), and would have been pretty perfect with a bit of milk. I was tempted, but wanted to try it black first, and it does not disappoint.

I would put this in “breakfast tea” category, which, for me, is actually late afternoon tea, when I want a fine, confident, strapping black tea, no added flavorings or gloss. Give me Kings and Queens and all their fancy moods in the morning, shapeshifting magical Wizards, Sorceresses, and Fools in the night, but a doughty, dependable Knight for the win in the afternoon!

Boiling 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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1040 tasting notes

I’d been drinking this all week at work and while it’s a really good everyday black – I didn’t think it was anything special. (What I was drinking I bought Nov15)
And then there was a sample of it in the box that Sil sent to me. That’s what I’m drinking today. Not sure when she picked it up – but this is totally different than my package – or it’s totally different steeped at home vs work.
I just find it interesting that this is really good – nice and dark, malty, bready. Could be the love from a friend theory – it could be home vs work – it could be a different harvest. What ever it is – I’m very happy to be drinking this today. Thanks Sil for sharing. :)


hahaha i was totally thinking that when you sent me “extra” because i missed mine.

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347 tasting notes

Mmmm, big thank you to Anlina for giving me a sample of this to try. :) I admit, I remembered the “omg chocolate-covered raisins!” description while steeping this, so I was probably a bit primed to taste that, but yeah, this is a very raisin-y tea! It’s also smooth, rich, malty, full-bodied, with some of that classic yunnan black earthiness and a lingering sweetness. Tasty. :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Raisins, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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894 tasting notes

Drinking this again – I had to share some with my sweetie. They literally yelled and scared the crap out of me on their first sip. It was a good yell of surprise, at how much this tea tastes exactly like liquid Glossette Raisins. Sweet, milk chocolate and raisin flavours. So gooood.

Flavors: Chocolate, Raisins, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 51 OZ / 1500 ML

hahaha. I do that to my partner all the time!


sounds amazing!


Where can this be purchased??


…..aaauuugghh! and I don’t own it! Drats…..I love the flavors in their Bohea tea, so this is not a good sign for someone trying not to spend any more money on tea for awhile!


donkeytiara, if you like I can send you some :)


OOOOOOhhhhhhh! Anlina that would be great! check my cupboard and see if there’s anything you’d be interested in and PM me. :)

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10499 tasting notes

dear god. I need to pick this tea up. It’s on my wishlist now. I’ve been sitting puttering on the computer and i kept smelling caramel…like the caramel that tea gschwewerjoe…makes…which was strange because i only brewed two straight teas this morning. Finally took a sip of this tea and it’s the tea! God. i’m in love with this. Another tea that cookies shared…it seriously reminds me of tea g’s caramel tea (which i love) but it’s not flavoured! the flavouring isn’t intensely caramel but this is for sure the only tea i’ve had where it’s this strong. usually i just get hints of it.
oh man…just got lost on the store…this might just push me in to my first aliexpress order…


Easy when you break it down: Gsch wend ner


haha i can spell it if i think about it while typing – i took 3 yrs of german…but it’s like blergamot..why spell it right! haha


Yay, glad you like this one! Really an unbelievable tea for its price. I always order off their webpage so I can use Paypal.


That’s impressive! Tea Gchejrwjre has some competition now, I see.


cookies – off their webpage??
my swedish chef – yes except that this is a STRAIGHT TEA! O.o


That’s what makes the competition BRUTAL.


haha i’ve missed you darling


Yes, I didn’t even know they had an Ali store.


what’s funny is i looked before going to ali and couldn’t find it…then 10 mins after you posted they had a store i DID find it.. bah lol thanks! Going to need to look in to this.. i already built a cart for like 80$ lol

cookies Ugh, same. I have about $60 worth including teaware in my cart. Everything I’ve had from them has been delightful and very well priced.

Dragon Teahouse is one of those that sells on multiple platforms. They also have ‘stores’ on eBay and Amazon. This tea sounds really good.


YYZ – Let me send you some! when my order gets here…that’s right..i caved lol.


its December baby @ Sil




haha yes…yes it is..and i was bad for day 1 of december…and i’m not evn home from work yet!


Sympathise. So tempted by many things but so far I am in control.


i only placed 3 orders…and one was fairly small. I don’t anticipate buying anything else in december though, AND next year it’s stck to budget… so this is my last splurge


I placed three orders! A record for me, but they were all relatively small except for one that had xmas gifts in it. Still it was not easy holding back from the others…

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1528 tasting notes

This sample is from cookies. She was very impressed with it and offered to send samples, which of course I took her up on. Hooray swaps! The leaves of this tea are somewhat long and quite twisty, and they’re mostly black with some medium brown places. The package smells a bit like lychee from the lychee tea that was also in the swap, but I’m not complaining. Smells yummy! :P

Steeped, this tea smells quite rich. It definitely has wheat bread notes, but there are also smoked meat and dark caramel scents. Hm, this is a very savory tea for me. It’s quite malty with strong bread and smoked meats flavors, as well as some sort of roasty presence. It has that thick mouthfeel that I find to be fairly typical of Yunnan teas, and just the smallest hint of stonefruits and honey. There’s a little touch of some sort of savory spice or herb that I can’t quite identify, but it seems to be somewhere between dill and something else. Overall, tasty, thanks cookies!

Flavors: Apricot, Baked Bread, Herbs, Honey, Meat, Roasted, Smoked, Thick

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1113 tasting notes

Wow this is really good! Thank you cookies for the sample!!!

There is a sweet/savory thing going on here that brings to mind salted caramels. Not quite like anything I’ve ever tasted before! It is rich and malty like a good Yunnan black should be. Very nice, I would definitely drink more of this, and the fact that it is organic is icing on the delicious cake :)

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193 tasting notes

Bumping the rating a bit. This tea is so rich I really can’t get enough of it. It leaves a beautiful heavy caramel aftertaste in your mouth that borders on decadent. I’ve been re-steeping at 4 minutes and it’s holding up really well. Less heavy but the fruit notes come out more. I may or may not already be ordering more even though I’ve only had 3 pots…

Flavors: Caramel

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
The Cookie Lady

I have been guilty of the exact same thing that you may or may not be guilty of…but when you’re drinking a tea that you just know you’re going to reorder, why wait? :)


Exactly! Especially if it’s coming all the way from China, right?

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