Dian Hong Bi Lo Chun, Fall 2008
This excellent example of Yunnan black tea is composed entirely of hand picked, late Fall 2008 growth tea. Only small, new growth tea leaf buds covered in their downy hairs were used in the manufacture of this tea, giving the finished product a gold color and very attractive appearance. This particular tea was picked, rolled, perfectly oxidized, and finally wok dried in small batches by hand. It is called a Bi Luo Chun simply because the leaves were rolled into the ball shape reminiscent of Bi Luo Chun Green tea.
The flavor of this tea is typical of a Dian Hong Black tea, in that it is malty, floral, and mildly sweet. It is one of the smoother tasting Yunnan red teas that I have come across, and my personal opinion is that this tea is an excellent & lower cost alternative to our Imperial Dian Hong (which is still the most extraordinary Yunnan Black Tea that I have come across to date).
About Dian Hong Teas:
Dian Hong translates literally as ‘Yunnan Red.’ Dian is another name for Yunnan Province, named for the Bronze Age Dian Kingdom that was later incorporated into the Han Empire. In China, what we refer to as ‘black’ tea is called ‘red’ tea because the infused liquor is a reddish brown color.