Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea

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Black Tea
Black Tea Leaves
Black Pepper, Cocoa, Malt, Smoke, Sweet Potatoes, Wheat, Citrus, Coffee, Orange, Wood, Citrus Zest, Molasses, Orange Zest, Earth, Stonefruit, Sweet
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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 4 g 11 oz / 314 ml

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  • “I had this for my morning cup. I did not have time to sit at home and sip. So I brewed a cup, poured it in a travel mug, grabbed my guitar and went out the door. This smells so cocoa and malt when...” Read full tasting note
  • “Today was my birthday!!! Which meant a self-assigned day of doing whatever I wanted. Well, for the most part. I would have really liked to sit around and chill a bit more, but I wound up going to a...” Read full tasting note
  • “This tea is doing double duty – first tea in the new house and first review with the new system! I am using my phone but so far so good. The site is still super clunky on my phone but the font is...” Read full tasting note
  • “This arrived yesterday and was an impulse buy thanks to the awesome Teavivre Black Friday sale. The leaves are dark brown with some golden tips and stem amongst them. They are small for the most...” Read full tasting note

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Origin: Fengqing, Yunnan, China

Ingredients: A mix of golden buds and dark leaves

Taste: A rich, complex but smooth and fresh taste

Brew: 1-2 teaspoons for 8oz of water. Brew at 205 ºF (95 ºC) for 2 to 3 minutes (exact time depends on your taste – a longer time will give the tea a stronger taste and color)

Health Benefits: Being a fully oxidised – or fermented – black tea, Dian Hong does not have the same level of antioxidants that our White and Green teas have, however it is still a good source of these and so will also help reduce the risk of cancers and lessen the affects of aging. Black teas such as our Dian Hong also are considered to help prevent tooth decay and help lower your cholesterol levels.

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61 Tasting Notes

1719 tasting notes

I had this for my morning cup. I did not have time to sit at home and sip. So I brewed a cup, poured it in a travel mug, grabbed my guitar and went out the door. This smells so cocoa and malt when it is brewing. I was so looking forward to it as I normally really enjoy this one. I was majorly disappointed to see how bad a travel mug sucks the life out of a cup of joy. I mean its not as bad as having it in a paper or styrofoam cup but sure isn’t the same as my ceramic mug. I did not realize what an important part of the flavor came from the sipping vessel used. I know a lot of you use travel mugs. Do you not notice the same thing? Maybe I am oversensitive, or maybe the convenience is just more important?


I stopped using travel mugs for this very reason.


Thanks. I was afraid I was crazy… well I may be, but not about this :)


sure vessel counts, same for colas when you get a plastic bottle vs a glass bottle…so different, more gas with the glass bottle.
In France travel mugs are now more and more popular but it remains rare. I always fear one user of these mug would accidentally pour down some burning coffee or tea on me in the train or bus !


I refuse to drink my favorite teas from a travel mug. I think the aroma is such a major part of the experience, and the travel mug reduces my enjoyment. It is just for delivering caffeine or for desperate times when I can’t have my cups.

Terri HarpLady

I have a ceramic travel mug that I use the most. I also have a stainless steel one. I have a few plastic ones, but i don’t use them.


Once I got to set down before warm up at church I took the lid off so I could smell the tea because I totally agree about the experience. It still tasted flat in this plastic lined mug. I would rather have my Diet Dew than a flat tea.


Terri – a ceramic travel mug??? I must look for one of these.

Terri HarpLady

A few years ago Office Depo had them. They have a rubbery sippy lid & sleeve so you don’t burn your hand. I bought a couple of them. I’ve broken more than one, & had to buy more. I think Starbucks has something similar.


I think Teavana has a Yixing or clay travel mug. I would still want the lid off for the aroma.

Terri HarpLady

Here’s a couple online:
There’s a bunch of others. AND I just realized the lid (which I often remove) & sleeve on mine are both silicone.


KS, I totally agree! Here’s the ceramic one I own, it’s not spill proof of course, but it’s good enough if you don’t go for a jog of course! Here the link, but maybe you can find a less girly style I’m sure :-)


Wow thanks all. I did a quick search and came up with this one,default,pd.html?navid=PDP#
I am pretty careful and wouldn’t be using it a lot anyway so the completely ceramic doesn’t scare me. I will be stopping in Starbucks in the morning to check this out.

Rachel J

There is one that is glass on the inside that I’ve noticed several people here like. I have one that is stainless steel inside which I don’t think changes the flavor of the tea at all, but I HATE drinking through the plastic mouthpiece thing. I use it to keep my tea hot, but pour it from there into a double walled glass to drink it.


They have this one at Tin Roof Teas as well as Teavana. It is tempting me…

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336 tasting notes

Today was my birthday!!! Which meant a self-assigned day of doing whatever I wanted. Well, for the most part. I would have really liked to sit around and chill a bit more, but I wound up going to a concert tonight and did other stuff and it was a bit busier than I’d intended.

But anywho. Had this for a morning cup, which was delicious. Then I made a resteep and put in the thermos to take on the drive to the concert… and then forgot it. Whoops. But that meant I still had it, all nice and warm and everything, for me when I got home to start watching my favorite movie. Shoulda left it in the thermos, that way it wouldn’t have cooled as I drink it oh so slowly. Ah well. Still delicious and masterful.

Also this may have been a sipdown? I’m not sure; I’ll have to tidy up my cupboard to see for sure.

P.S. After a month and a half of not getting any new teas (!!!), I used my coupon to place a Verdant order. So excited! … If only I’d not waited until after the Zhu Rong Yunnan was out of stock; that one has always intrigued me.


Happy birthday! :)


Thank you! :D

Terri HarpLady

Harpy Birthday!


Happy Birthday!


I hope it was happy, and that the coming year will be as well!


Hope you had a good one!


I hope it was a great birthday!


Happy birthday!


Thanks everyone! :D :D :D

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709 tasting notes

This tea is doing double duty – first tea in the new house and first review with the new system! I am using my phone but so far so good. The site is still super clunky on my phone but the font is actually legible now! I can’t use the slider bars though and I am at constant risk of losing my note. Hmmm.

Anyway, I served this tea for the beau and our first guest in the house and everyone liked it. It is very affordable, rich in taste with a natural honeyed sweetness and some cocoa notes. It resteeps well and is never bitter. Lovely!!


Uniquity, BIG Congrats on your new home!


Congrats on the new house!!


SO excited for you and your new house!

Terri HarpLady

Yay for you, yay for your new home!


a new home! wonderful!


Congrats on your new home!


Thanks, all! It’s been a real trip getting settled in. I got the tea all unpacked and set up a tea/record area in the living room though, so I’m happy! :)

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1379 tasting notes

This arrived yesterday and was an impulse buy thanks to the awesome Teavivre Black Friday sale.

The leaves are dark brown with some golden tips and stem amongst them. They are small for the most part but are squiggly and thin. It has a rich cocoa and sweet wooden scent.

Using my new Gongfu teapot which holds 200ml with 7g of tea.

1 minute – Smoky, sweet, musky and wooden. A rich first steep with a wonderful dark and smoky base that carries on through to the after taste.

2 minutes – The smoke has carried through but this steep is sweeter than the previous steep. Also getting some fruit behind the smoke and wood, like mature prunes. The after taste has some cocoa.

3 minutes – It’s still smoky and smooth and the prune is thicker in this steep. So very wooden and mature.

It’s a nice smoky black tea and though it will never replace my beloved Yun Nan Dian Hong Golden Tips this is a nice alternative for when I want some variation. Very happy I got this tea, it’s certainly a welcome addition to my black tea collection.


Do you have a pic of your new teapot somewhere?


I put one onto Twitter this morning as a few people have asked to see it. It works beautifully, I just have to get used to the shape. My original one was round where as my new one is pear shaped.

Here it is – Being used with Lakyrsiew Black by Canton Tea Co.


that looks like a nice gongfu :) i have a similar gongfu and i don’t use it very often, but when i do pull it off the shelf i use it A LOT over a short amount of time and enjoy every second. it’s user friendly nature just inspires me to brew brew brew!

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1353 tasting notes

Mustn’t forget the queue! I’m not very good at not forgetting the queue, am I?

Last time I placed an order with Teavivre, I got this as a sample. I actually have a couple of samples here from them that I haven’t tried yet, including a dragon pearl one that I was rather looking forward to at the time when I placed the order. Unfortunately the first time I tried it was about an hour or so before it became very clear to me indeed that I had acquired some sort of food poisoning. I remember it tasting lovely, but it is now linked with illness in a way that makes me unable to really face dragon pearl yet. It’ll come eventually, just… not right now. (Once after having had a food poisoning it took me almost half a year before I could eat beans again)

At least I can do the other samples now. I’ve been sort of avoiding them, because I didn’t really want to have anything to do with the dragon pearl one. I didn’t even want to look at it. I know logically that the tea could not have caused the food poisoning (I’m fairly certain that was some mayonnaise), but it was still the last thing I had before it really started, so… Sometimes the mind is just not very logical at all.


You did not come hear to read about an illness I had months ago. As I said, I got this one as a sample with my order, and I was a little in doubt about it at first. Yunnans can generally swing both ways for me. Sometimes it’s awesome, other times it just tastes like a cup full of wet hay. Sometimes the same batch of a tea can give both these result even in identical brewings. I have, however, found much more luck with dian hong than I have with the golden ones, so eventually I decided to chance it and give it a go. It’s just a sample anyway, so no harm done if it turns out to be another round of straw.

It smells a bit straw-like, but it’s not the dominant note. I can’t really pick up much in the way of pepper which is another thing I associate with Yunnan, but that’s mostly in the golden types. I’m also getting a bit of cocoa and something vaguely fruity. Berry-y. Generic fruit, really.

It does have a fairly characteristic Yunnan flavour, with the straw note, but again it’s not the dominant note. There’s also a fairly grainy note with a faint hint of dark cocoa to it, but the generic fruit-note remains only in the aroma.

It’s quite nice this, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to acquire more of it. I might get some if I were shopping anyway, but it would be unlikely to be the cause of an order.

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326 tasting notes

I really like how this turned out after a 24hr cold steep. Normally when I brew this hot, it’s earthy and comforting. But this iced experiment felt very refreshing and light, with an almost citrus-sweet flavour.

6 tsp in a 1 liter iced tea jug, cold steeped over about 24 hours.


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212 tasting notes

This one surprised me. It’s rich and malty. There was a hint of dry hay like I get with Bai Mu Dan. I did find it to be a tad bit smokey. The hay and smoke were totally unexpected but they did work rather well. If I couldn’t find some thing like tarantula tea I would probably pick this one. It’s totally different but it really has a lot of character.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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171 tasting notes

Experience buying from Teavivre

Date of Purchase/Date of Steeping: Received in the fall of 2011 as a free sample (Thank you Angel!), steeped up March 2012.

Appearance and Aroma of dry leaf: Very aromatic, woodsy, earthy, and like other Yunnan read teas I’ve had; mostly small dark leaves, with a few golden colored ones here and there.

Brewing guidelines: Glass Bodum pot, leaf free to roam; stevia added; used my standard Chinese red tea steeping times and temperatures; I did five steepings.

Color and Aroma of tea liquor: light coppery color, smells very aromatic and like any other Yunnan red tea.

Flavor of tea liquor: Very sweet and malty; it had good flavor up through the third steeping, and even some mild flavor on the fifth (at boiling, 10 minutes).

Appearance and Aroma of wet leaf: evenly colored, brown, medium-to-high grade CTC type leaves; << no notes on the aroma >>

Value: This is where this tea stands out: it is a great value $6.90 / 100grams (3.5 OZ) which is less than $2/OZ!

Overall: I am surprised there are so many reviews on the higher quality Yunnans from Teavivre but not on this one. Granted, Yunnans are one of my favorite black/red teas, still, I really liked the flavor of this one; I did not know this was a Yunnan until after tasting it, as ‘Yunnan’ was not in the name, and the leaves were darker that the other Yunnans I have seen (oh, how funny … I just looked at the first part of the name ‘Yun Nan’ humm Now I see it … Yeah, I’m an ‘airheard’!). I highly recommend this tea for those that love Yunnans and are looking for a very affordable everyday tea. I generally don’t include the value of the tea when I rate it (I typically rate it on merit alone), but if I were rate it simply on value, I’d give it a 5/5!

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Donna A

agree, this is a very good value

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185 tasting notes

Continuing on with Teavivre Black Tea today… Yunnan! It’s like we’re taking a tour of Chinese tea, ha!

I did order a sample of basically every black tea they had at the time (they’ve added two since). It’s great of them to offer samples so you can get a good sweeping view of their product line.

This is the Black Tea, the most economically priced yunnan black they have, at a little less than $2 an ounce. The flavor is bold and malty, with a hint of smokiness to it. Not a lapsang, and probably not as strong as the keemun I tried from Teavivre, but there’s definitely smokiness to it (which surprised me a bit).

Compared to the yunnan full leaf that Missy brewed next to this one, there are striking differences. This tea is bold and malty, where the full leaf is refined and mellow. It is definitely an interesting comparison.

We brewed these both a little on the strong side (7g for 16 oz). Made the flavor pop out good and strong for comparison ;)

Oh, the winner? Hrmm… hard to say. They’re just different.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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300 tasting notes

So I requested samples of all three of the Yun Nan Dian Hong and unintentionally started with the most affordable. As such I won’t give this a numerical rating until I’ve tried the full leaf and the golden tips, which hopefully will be today.

However initial observations are that while this is a very good value and has decent leaf, it is not well suited to short steep times, which is fine as I am looking for a Yunnan for my husband who prefers western brewing anyway and I will prepare it for him in that matter. At the moment I am just trying to educate myself on this variety, I’m very curious how my taste buds will react to more tea buds.

This third steep at around a minute is really quite delicious and has much more flavor that the two previous at 15 and 30 secs. I unfortunately have a sore throat today, but this is quite soothing. This is the sweetest of the infusions and it also has some initial spice that smooths out later in the cup. Thank you Angel and Teavivre, I will add more are I do a side by side brewing this weekend with the husband.

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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