Traditional Process Dian Hong Black tea of Feng Qing * Spring 2017

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea Leaves
Flavors
Almond, Anise, Apple, Baked Bread, banana, Bark, Black Pepper, Butter, Cedar, Celery, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Clove, Earth, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Green Beans, Herbaceous, Honey, Leather, Malt, Marshmallow, Mineral, Nutty, Orange Zest, Peanut, Pecan, Pine, Plums, Sugarcane, Sweet Potatoes, Vanilla
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 31 oz / 917 ml

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  • “This was my most recent sipdown. I stayed up late last night and ended up finishing the last 17-18 grams I had of this tea while listening to cheesy European heavy metal. It was a very pleasant...” Read full tasting note
    90
  • “This is a solid black tea. Gongfu style for this review. Plenty of malty flavors, along with a yeasty note and a little floral as well. Pretty nice. I may prefer Western style for this one, but...” Read full tasting note
    83
  • “A fine daily drinker. It offers a nice balance – not too sweet, not too nutty. It has everything you want in a black tea – nut, malty sweet, sweet potato, with hints of fruit (blackberry) and...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “strong malty and baked potato, wood shavings. bit of something sweeter like marshmallow. Palate is round, soft and malty with touches of smoke. as my morning tea, this is just fine, but not very...” Read full tasting note
    79

From Yunnan Sourcing

Processed with very light oxidization and roasting this Feng Qing area tea has a strong taste with some astringency and a long floral sweet after-taste. This tea will continue to age and develop over the years.

Excellent choice for longer-term storage or just longer shelf-life for the lazy tea drinker!

Spring 2017 (Late-March Harvested)

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5 Tasting Notes

90
853 tasting notes

This was my most recent sipdown. I stayed up late last night and ended up finishing the last 17-18 grams I had of this tea while listening to cheesy European heavy metal. It was a very pleasant evening. I used to unwind like that a lot more than I do now. Things have been way too hectic on my end the last couple of years. Anyway, this was a very nice Yunnan black tea. The Feng Qing Tea Factory continues to impress me.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a quick rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 194 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was followed by 16 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, and 7 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves produced aromas of malt, honey, chocolate, sugarcane, cedar, eucalyptus, and sweet potato. After the rinse, I detected aromas of roasted peanut, fennel, anise, black pepper, and banana as well as subtler scents of roasted almond. The first infusion introduced clove, baked bread, and vanilla aromas. In the mouth, the tea liquor presented notes of malt, cream, chocolate, cedar, black pepper, eucalyptus, clove, fennel, baked bread, sweet potato, and earth that were chased by hints of vanilla, banana, sugarcane, and roasted peanut. After each swallow, I also noted impressions of orange zest and apple lingering in my mouth. The remainder of the infusions introduced aromas of earth, pine, juniper, birch bark, cinnamon, marshmallow, roasted pecan, plum, and apple. Impressions of honey and anise appeared in the mouth alongside hints of roasted almond and slightly stronger notes of sugarcane, orange zest, and vanilla. I also noted impressions of minerals, butter, green beans, pine, juniper, marshmallow, cinnamon, birch bark, roasted cashew, and roasted pecan as well as hints of plum, celery, and leather. As the tea faded, the liquor emphasized notes of minerals, malt, earth, cream, and orange zest that were underscored by subtle hints of cinnamon, vanilla, clove, black pepper, roasted almond, roasted peanut, and eucalyptus.

This was a very nice Feng Qing Dian Hong with the expected herbal, vegetal, earthy, and spicy characteristics that make Feng Qing black teas so unique. I could also tell that this tea was at a point where it was really coming into its own. I kind of wish I had some of this tea left just so I could attempt to gauge how well it will continue to age, but alas, I had to go and drink all that I had.

Flavors: Almond, Almond, Anise, Anise, Apple, Apple, Baked Bread, Baked Bread, banana, banana, Bark, Bark, Black Pepper, Black Pepper, Butter, Butter, Cedar, Cedar, Celery, Celery, Chocolate, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Clove, Earth, Earth, Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Fennel, Green Beans, Green Beans, Herbaceous, Herbaceous, Honey, Honey, Leather, Leather, Malt, Malt, Marshmallow, Marshmallow, Mineral, Mineral, Nutty, Nutty, Orange Zest, Orange Zest, Peanut, Peanut, Pecan, Pecan, Pine, Pine, Plums, Plums, Sugarcane, Sugarcane, Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Vanilla, Vanilla

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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This is a solid black tea. Gongfu style for this review. Plenty of malty flavors, along with a yeasty note and a little floral as well. Pretty nice. I may prefer Western style for this one, but gongfu is interesting and tasty. Will have to compare number of steeps between the two.

Preparation
3 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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85
167 tasting notes

A fine daily drinker. It offers a nice balance – not too sweet, not too nutty. It has everything you want in a black tea – nut, malty sweet, sweet potato, with hints of fruit (blackberry) and green herb (sassafras?)

Overall, the whole experience is fairly subdued. It doesn’t really have any one thing that jumps out. Its personality is more about balance, smoothness, and delivering on the promise of a black tea – no surprises, but certainly no disappointments either.

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Dry Leaf – honey roasted peanuts, blackberry cobbler, mulberry, hint of sassafras; heat – rich roasted pecan, molasses

Smell – roasted pecan and almond, malt, sweet potato

Taste – roasted almond, sweet potato, malt, some green notes (sassafras), hints of blackberry

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87 tasting notes

strong malty and baked potato, wood shavings. bit of something sweeter like marshmallow.
Palate is round, soft and malty with touches of smoke. as my morning tea, this is just fine, but not very complex.
Curious if this will change with time

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 110 OZ / 3253 ML

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