Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Meet The Tea: Dian Hong
The leaves are usually dark and twisted in shape with trademark golden tips. The amount of golden tips vary widely but this doesn't have much of an affect on taste, it just makes them look pretty. I have to admit that I am a sucker for them. The taste is full bodied but sweet with fruity notes that are often compared to raisins or dates. Some Yunnan black teas also have a yammy or sweet potato-like quality. They aren't very bitter so this is a black tea that you can drink all on its own without milk and sugar. One of my favorite things about this tea is the gorgeous deep reddish brown color of the liquor.
Dian Hong is typically brewed using boiling water and steep times are anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes. For starters, follow the instructions provided by your tea vendor and then adjust to taste from there.
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