Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Ancient Wild Tree

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Brown Sugar, Dates, Malt, Raisins, Wood, Smoke, Spices, Grapes, Spicy, Sweet, Baked Bread, Dried Fruit, Earth, Grain, Molasses, Roasted, Tobacco
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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 11 g 16 oz / 465 ml

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Enjoy this cup of top grade and elegant Yunnan Dian Hong Black Tea
Origin Place: Xiaowan & Pinghe, Fengqing County, Yunnan
Harvest Time: April 30, 2014
Dry Tea: tight and wiry with plenty tips, even shape, dark and smooth.
Tea Liquid: bright in orange yellow color.
Flavor: strong floral fragrance, tastes mellow, rich and full with strong sweet aftertaste.
Tea Leaf: after brewed, the tea leaf is complete and glossy.
This Ancient Wild Tree black tea comes from Fengqing, Yunnan. The tea garden is at 2000 meters high, is renowned as a good place of growing good tea.
The local tea tree is Fengqing large leaf species, can produce thick tea leaf. Our Ancient Wild Tree black tea then has large, strong leaves. The dry tea is glossy and dark, covered with thin pekoes. Its full aroma and bold taste can be revealed when brewed, as well as the particular strong taste which brings a characteristic of raw pu-erh to this black tea.
Yunnan Province has an abundant resource of wild tea trees, some of which have been lived for over a thousand years. These trees are protected and regarded as treasures to live to this day.
Wild tea trees are often used for making pu-erh tea and black tea. For making black tea, the result product can have a very distinct combined feature of Yunnan’s black tea and Yunnan’s pu-erh. Just as the name indicates, this black tea is made of the leaves from ancient wild tea tree. Being processed in the traditional way of crafting Dian Hong tea, this wild tree black tea has been given a unique charm of being bold but delicate.

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1193 tasting notes

Thank you Angel for this sample.

In raw form the leaves are dark brown/red, curly and smell of malt, wood and treacle.

Flavour reveals fruity raisin and date with sweet wood, brown sugar and malt tones. Rather light in strength with no astringency though slightly sour at times. Clean tasting and fresh throughout. Some dryness in the after taste.

Overall: A delicious Dian Hong with clean tasting and pure characteristics. Soft and sweet which balances nicely with the dark and rather rich malt and wood flavours. Personally, I prefer it creamier but this made a very nice drink this morning and it went down a treat. I would consider buying some of this to alternate with my golden tips.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Dates, Malt, Raisins, Wood

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 7 g 29 OZ / 850 ML

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12 tasting notes

Still playing with this one and enjoy the variety of tastes I am getting. Smoky but not overwhelming and the undercurrent of malt and spice is really quite nice.

This reserved black is a perfect way to start the day but also can serve very nicely for my 3p cup.

Flavors: Malt, Smoke, Spices

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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17 tasting notes

I like this tea best cold brewed. The fruitiness and maltiness of the tea really comes out when cold brewed. It’s nice when hot too, but I just enjoyed it more cold.


im not sure if i tried this one yet

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670 tasting notes

OMG, SO FRUITY!!! I had two gorgeous steepings of this tea this morning. This is the fruity-est (ha!) unflavored black tea I’ve had! Why would you ever need a flavored tea, when your have this one? Honestly, it’s better than fruity flavored teas I’ve had. I think it’s definitely a stone fruit flavor. Peaches and plums. It’s smooth, a bit malty, and freaking delicious! Yum yum. Oh man, I should have just bought a bag rather than this tiny sample!

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233 tasting notes

when I smell the leaves that are dry, they smell spicy and smoky.

when I smell them wet, the smell is more intense.

when I smell the brewed tea, it smells nice and smoky. and when I taste it its heavy in smoke and spices and leaves a after taste similar to grape juice lol

(one note that keeps it from reaching 100% is that it should be steeped lightly)

many thanks to angel teavivre for letting me take part in this tasting

Flavors: Grapes, Smoke, Spices, Spicy

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 14 g 25 OZ / 750 ML
Thomas Edward(Toad)

Sounds pretty good to me

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Oh yeah Kirk, that was a really nice full review too, great job!! Keep em coming :)


Thankyou :)

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3091 tasting notes

I’m enjoying a nice quiet vibe this morning. Slept in until my body was ready to wake, about 8am. I knew I wanted a slow gongfu session to start my day, with something exotic, & this tea from Teavivre fits the bill. When I open the bag, it’s immediately spiced sweet stone fruits, & warming the leaf in a small pot, it becomes a rich fruity desert of some kind. I use to cook steel cut oats in the crock pot over night with peach or apple juice, sliced dry apricots & a few cardamom pods. I can’t say it smells like that, but it reminds me of how the house smelled in the morning, & what a wonderful breakfast that was to wake up to.
Sometimes I miss being a vegan…
5G x 100 ml tiny porcelain pot (rinse) 15/30/45sec/1/2/3/4min
Anyway, this is cup after cup of sweet spicy fruitiness, a very juicy mouth, nice tongue tingle, some pastry, instant clear headed buzz, & really its like drinking the sweetest sheng you ever had. It becomes more herbaceous, like maybe eucalyptus, as I go forward, but still sweet. A wonderfully uplifting start to my morning! Here’s some tea porn for ya :)

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549 tasting notes

Wow. This tea.
I don’t really know what to think.
I taste leather. Earth. And something else that’s really strong…I’m not sure I like this one too much…
It’s just really strong, almost too strong for me. Ehh, think I will pass.

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163 tasting notes

Yet another large thanks to Angel and Teavivre for this sample!

Since it is Friday morning and the weekend is ahead as I prepare to try out this new tea, I am already in the mood for something WILD! Ancient WILD Tree black tea will do just fine!

The aroma that oozed from the package when I opened it was malty and bread-like. I steeped the long black leaves for five minutes at 195 degrees. The finished product had a yellow/orange hue. The odor was similar to sweet baked bread.

Even at first sip, this tea had an exquisitely sweet, malty, and velvety taste. There was also a hint of baked bread in the mix. For good measure, a rich Yunnan tea flavor blended masterfully with the other attributes. There was no bitterness. The after taste was peaceful, subtle, and equally delicious. The rest of my cup (which disappeared quickly) had amazingly consistent flavors throughout. I didn’t just drink this tea. I savored it.

This is one of those rare teas that I have to restrain myself from chugging instead of sipping. It is an outstanding new selection from Teavivre. Everything that I want from a black tea is contained within: a robust and wonderful blend of flavors, smoothness, and the extra punch that only black tea can give me.

Congratulations, Teavivre! You have another (WILD) winner!

Flavors: Malt, Sweet

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Nice review! That sounds fantastic.


Thanks, Veronica! I enjoyed that tea a lot! I will have to put it on my shopping list! Thanks for your comment!

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966 tasting notes

Hooray, home again! I had several lovely packages waiting for me, including my 3rd anniversary sampler from TeaVivre. Hooray! And then I realized that the one thing I forgot at my mother’s house… my brew basket. Fuck. So for now I’m brewing my tea in a Pyrex glass cup and pouring it through a sieve into my mug. Definitely inconvenient, but at least it works… I’ll order another basket with Amazon Prime and have it in a couple days. Obviously I should order two! :P

So, this tea… The dry leaves are dark and they have that long, spindly, spider-leg appearance that I generally associate with Taiwanese black teas. The scent is super malt with chewy grain and dried fruit notes. Yummy!

Brewed aroma is still quite malty, and there’s an interesting tang in there, maybe from the dried fruit? Also dark grain and molasses notes. I was very surprised when I tasted this that the first thing I detected was smoke! I didn’t get that at all from the aroma. The first sip was definitely smoky and earthy, with malt and dark grainy bread. However, I noticed as I kept drinking this tea, the smoke and earth taste dissipated. I was left with a combination of bread, raw chewy grains, and toasted grains. There was also a bit of woodiness along with pipe tobacco (unlit) and just a little hint of syrupy, rich dried fruit and molasses. I got a very thick and rich mouthfeel, and there was a little bit of creaminess accompanying.

Overall, I find this to be a rather complex tea with a lot of different notes, I can see it being interesting gong fu style. Thanks so much to TeaVivre for giving me the chance to try this lovely tea for (basically) free! Love you gals! :)

Flavors: Baked Bread, Dried Fruit, Earth, Grain, Malt, Molasses, Roasted, Smoke, Tobacco, Wood

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

This sounds yummy.

Cameron B.

I was so happy when I saw that this was one of the options for the sampler. The name along is intriguing! But the flavor was very good too, if you like grainy teas. :D

Terri HarpLady

Just placed a Teavivre order, in part to get some of this one :)

Cameron B.

Awesome! I placed mine the minute Round 2 of the sale started, lol. I was way too excited. :P

Tea Sipper

I thought this one would be like the other one from Teavivre that isn’t my favorite.. I should have got a sample of this one!

Cameron B.

Tea Sipper, you mean the other nonpareil black tea? I haven’t tried it, but I think I ordered a sample. :)

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468 tasting notes

Star Trek sample time. This smells so good, very sweet and malty. There is a similar flavour, with some hints of yams (subtle.) Delicious, and glad I decided to try it. Now for another cup, and more adventures with the Enterprise.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

Oh, yummy!

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