This is a beautiful tea. Appearance, scent, taste. It’s all beautiful. I kept the last of my sample from Sil in a sealed container because the glossy, jet black twists of leaves streaked with gold just looked special and I had a feeling it was going to be a good one. I’m so glad I did! Even though it’s over 5 years old now this tea is still lovely. The scent brewing bowled me over, going from dark cocoa to deep, rich molasses. Every now and again I get a hint of stewed fruits, though it’s not present in the sip or at least not to me. Taste wise, it’s malty and deep, with the cocoa and molasses translating through to the body of the sip and a slight sour note which could be why I’m smelling stewed fruits, mostly apple and plum. There’s no astringency at all, though it’s a very full-bodied cup and I steeped the leaves at almost boiling. I’m not too familiar with Dian Hong in general, but this experience has made me intrigued to try more.
I did have so much more I wanted to say about this tea, it’s so interesting, but I’ve just received an email about the job I’m in the process of applying for so I will have to leave it there!
Thank you so much Sil for sharing! Sipdown 188/397.