Yunnan Dian Hong Ancient Tree Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea
Flavors
Berries, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Dried Fruit, Fruity, Malt, Smooth, Sweet Potatoes, Blackberry, Grapefruit, Honey, Brown Sugar, Wheat, Earth, Chocolate, Smoke
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Caffeine
Medium
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 5 g 9 oz / 260 ml

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  • “Sipdown and I really liked this. :) Malty, smooth, mellow, fruity, lightly sweet of a mixture of honey, molasses and brown sugar notes. Lots of berry fruity goodness along with sweet potatoes. I...” Read full tasting note
    90
  • “One of the relatively new offerings by Teavivre and as such has not been yet reviewed to death. Dianhongs are often so different with some that I positively love and some that I quite intensely...” Read full tasting note
    84
  • “I get a malty aroma from this tea. It has a mild sweetness with flavors of wheat and brown sugar. It is a good cup of tea, but not one that will make it into my regular rotation.” Read full tasting note
    81
  • “Oh happy day, my Teavivre order came in! This was one of the samples. I think I might be getting a bag next time. It’s really good, but how to describe? I’ve gotten some really unusual tasting teas...” Read full tasting note
    88

From Teavivre

Growing Area: Fengqing, Lincang, Yunnan

Dry tea: The leaves are shiny brown, curly, wiry and well twisted with a high percentage of golden tips evident.

Aroma: akin to rose scent mixed with fruity and honey aroma.

Taste: It has rich, mellow taste and long-lasting fragrance/ ancient tree flavor.

This tea is made with tea leaves picked from ancient trees grown in deep mountainous area in Fengqing, Yunnan where the primitive ecological environments provide ideal organic growing conditions for black tea cultivation. The decomposition of the fallen leaves and wild fruits provide sufficient nutrients in the soil required by these tea trees luxuriated in this land for many years. This is just the secret why tea leaves from these trees are abundant in nutritious materials and can be endured for 8 infusions without bitterness. Overall, this tea will give you a rich, mellow taste, which is smooth and mild, followed by an enjoyable lingering sweetness sensation.

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311 tasting notes

Sipdown and I really liked this. :)

Malty, smooth, mellow, fruity, lightly sweet of a mixture of honey, molasses and brown sugar notes. Lots of berry fruity goodness along with sweet potatoes. I got some slightly good bitter dark cocoa notes which really played well with the fruitiness. I liked that it was a stronger flavor, full-bodied. I think I would really enjoy this with a teaspoon of milk in the mornings because of the stronger flavor/notes. It’s a drag that I have to have a little milk in my tea in the mornings now but I still can enjoy nekked tea :P in the evenings since it’s not on an empty stomach.

Prepared it gongfu 5g, 6 steeps: quick rinse, 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 50s at 185℉.

Mood: A little somber, thinking of the El Paso shooting. Thinking of them and their families. I was just at a busy shopping center the other day…

Flavors: Berries, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Dried Fruit, Fruity, Malt, Smooth, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
derk

Feeling it, too, Kawaii. The Gilroy Garlic Festival here in CA last weekend…

Kawaii433

Derk :( and now after a nap, 10 more dead and 16 injured in Dayton, OH.

LuckyMe

Same here. 250 mass shootings in 2019 already. It worries me that people are becoming desensitized to it all :(

mrmopar

A sad state our country has become with all these shootings.

tea-sipper

Is this the 2019 harvest, Kawaii?

tea-sipper

250?!?! That is terrible. It breaks my heart every time this happens, but apparently it happens so often I missed a few. :/

derk

Kawaii, that’s my hometown. Why.

tea-sipper

derk, I’m so sorry. I think of all the people affected each time, even if they are just FROM the place these shootings occurred. So much worry and negativity so many people have to go through, the victims of course, but really millions of people affected each time this happens. I will never understand why someone is okay with shooting anyone, let alone strangers or random people. No excuse.

Martin Bednář

I just heard a news about it. It is terrible and I still do not understand why laws are there so… “weak” (is it a good word?).

El Paso, Dayton… Weird.
Just… praying they will change it.

Kawaii433

derk, Dayton is your hometown? :( I’m so sorry.

Kawaii433

tea-sipper, yes I believe it’s 2019. Sorry I missed that question and am just now answering!

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178 tasting notes

One of the relatively new offerings by Teavivre and as such has not been yet reviewed to death. Dianhongs are often so different with some that I positively love and some that I quite intensely dislike because their flavors cover such a huge terrain.

This one looked good as a dry leaf with nice twisted leafs and quite a few golden tips. The smell was sweet, berry-like and boozy, as if these overripe berries had been left outside in the summer heat and started fermenting.

Both the gong fu and Western style produce very similar results with one of the more common Yunnan tea profiles: some berry and honeyed sweetness which quickly transforms into a bitterness. What makes it special is a pronounced tanginess, very much like grapefruit. This grapefruit flavor has a strong staying power and lingers for a while as an aftertaste. All of the flavors are very clear and well-defined.

If you are a fan of citrus and grapefruit in particular this is the tea for you. Not sure if I personally like it – I just had a sample and it takes me longer to develop my personal preferences – but it is a quality dianhong with a defined personality.

Flavors: Blackberry, Dark Bittersweet, Grapefruit, Honey, Sweet Potatoes

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151 tasting notes

I get a malty aroma from this tea. It has a mild sweetness with flavors of wheat and brown sugar. It is a good cup of tea, but not one that will make it into my regular rotation.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Wheat

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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656 tasting notes

Oh happy day, my Teavivre order came in! This was one of the samples. I think I might be getting a bag next time. It’s really good, but how to describe? I’ve gotten some really unusual tasting teas from Teavivre, but this is not one of them. This has got a really classic profile. Rich, smooth, dark. I wouldn’t have thought ‘sweet potato’ on my own, but when I read it in some of the other notes, I could kind of see how that fits. No astringency at all, which is nice. I want to say this reminds me slightly of Golden Fleece, but I drank that so long ago I’m not sure that’s an accurate memory.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaVivre

I do enjoy this tea too! BTW, glad to hear that you’ve received the order!

Tamarindel

It arrived sooner than I expected, many thanks for the speedy service!

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244 tasting notes

While purchasing a pound of Teavivre Golden Monkey tea (which I consider to be the BEST Golden Monkey of all that I’ve run across) online, I chose this Yunnan Dian Hong Ancient Tree Black Tea as one of the three free samples included with my purchase. I am always excited when there is a new black tea to try!

I opened up the sample package and I was immediately struck by the rich leathery smell and the long dark fresh-looking leaves. I steeped the tea for eight minutes (the maximum recommended time) at 185 degrees.

The brewed liquor smelled rich and leathery. The color was a bright orange-gold.

The taste was extremely full and smooth, with finely blended accents of sweet potato, malt, and earth. Astringency was not in its vocabulary. The aftertaste was gentle and brief.

This is another one of those teas that goes down so smoothly I am tempted to chug the entire cup. However, I’m sure I enjoyed it even more by savoring each sip.

This is an excellent black tea. It is worthy of a prominent position on my highly recommended list.

Flavors: Earth, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Additional notes: I’m going to try to write newer tasting notes for my 2018 Teavivre samples, because at this point, I haven’t written notes for years about most of them, even if I’ve been enjoying most of them without writing notes. I’ve been trying to drink the varieties of Yun Nan closer together (and then I’ll work on the Keemuns, etc) and it really is amazing that most of these Yun Nans have such different flavor profiles. I originally stocked up on this one because it was similar to the glorious Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Ancient Wild Tree that I love so much: tangy/plumy notes in the harvest I stocked up on a couple years ago. Though the tangy/plumy notes were definitely less noticeable in this tea than the Nonpareil. This harvest, it’s even less noticeable than before. The 2018 tastes like a lighter Assam tea, with that malty flavor with hints of fruitiness. The flavors aren’t as distinct as I wish they were. It looks like my steeping parameters were close to the other tasting note. I’m going to drink my older harvest soon to compare. So this tea might have lost some of its special qualities that I was noticing before. Instead of stocking up on this one, I’d rather choose to steep up the Nonpareil for special occasions or just go with the more affordable Yun Nan. Even the cheapest Yun Nan is delicious to me. The rating now might be an 86 for losing the tangy plum.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug // 16 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 3 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Harvest: 2018

Kawaii433

Nice :) I have this but haven’t got around to trying it yet. Still working on sipdowns on my opened teas. I really look forward to it now.

tea-sipper

I hope you like the Ancient, Kawaii :D

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371 tasting notes

Part 4 of my Teavivre Dian Hong series.

Prepared in a gongfu session with a ceramic gaiwan. Brewed with 200 degree temp. water since my kettle doesn’t have 195 setting. Rinsed the leaf for 5 seconds (was supposed to be the first infusion but it didn’t taste like anything). Steeping times: 5, 5, 5, 5, 10, 10, 15, 18, 30, 45, 60; 2 min, 2, 4, 12.

The dry leaf – nearly inch-long, needle-like, wiry – is dark, save for a few golden tips. It has an aroma of dark chocolate with a hint of malt. Surprisingly, the aroma is weaker after I let the dry leaf sit the heated gaiwan bowl, still having chocolate but also bread. In the beginning of the session, the wet leaf smells like tomato soup and oregano. After a time and some more infusions the leaf smells like raisins.

The liquor is a clear, bright orange. The texture is thick off the bat, becoming creamy in the middle of the session. While it has a full-body, it tastes light. The first couple infusions are malty, and tangy and sweet. Thereafter, I taste a consistent note of sweet potato – without the skin, it is worth noting since I couldn’t taste the bitterness that comes with sweet potato skin. Marshmallow might have also popped up, but that was probably just my brain thinking about the Thanksgiving dish.

I experimented by drinking the infusions from two different cups: ruyao and porcelain. I drank the previous Teavivre Dian Hongs with just the ruyao cup, fyi. This Dian Hong tasted sharper from the porcelain cup, whereas it came out muted from the ruyao cup. Also, creamy texture stood out more from the porcelain.

This is my second favorite Dian Hong I’ve tried from Teavivre. It does very well gongfu style, with quicker steeping times. The creamy texture, coupled with the sweet potato note, was very enjoyable. I also felt energetic, a little restlessly so.

Preparation
7 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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This is a solid performer of a tea. It is not as good as their Nonpareil Ancient Tree Wild Tree but is pretty good. It has notes of malt and notes of chocolate in there. It’s got very little bitterness and just a little astringency. Overall I have to give this one a good rating.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 195 degree water for 5 min.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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