I’ve been steeping this on and off over the day while at work. The third steep is kind of tart!
This is generally nice and malty, but not knock-your-socks-off amazing. I’ve got about 1 more serving’s worth of leaf left.
“I’ve been steeping this on and off over the day while at work. The third steep is kind of tart! This is generally nice and malty, but not knock-your-socks-off amazing. I’ve got about 1...” Read full tasting note
“This doesn’t seem like a typical dian hong to me. It’s really sweet and quite fruity. A little grape a little malt and a little strange. Not my favorite but happy to have tried...” Read full tasting note
“Backlog. Another sample from Angel at Teavivre, for which I am phenomenally grateful. So, catching up with writing up the teas once more, I find myself coming to my notes on this one. I brewed it...” Read full tasting note
“Thanks to Angel at teavivre for this free sample! I didn’t log my first cup of this apparently and didn’t pay a ton of attention to my cup this morning lol so I will...” Read full tasting note
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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Another sample from Angel at Teavivre, for which I am phenomenally grateful.
So, catching up with writing up the teas once more, I find myself coming to my notes on this one. I brewed it in a gaiwan for a change and felt the extra effort was well worth it.
Upon adding water to the leaf I was immediately hit by a waft of malt and raisins, and the resultant liquor was very dark. It tasted primarily of malt and raisins with a pleasing bitterness at the back of the throat. Apart from this bitterness, the main experience was smooth and mellow, developing more rounded fruity notes as it cooled. There was a hint of winter berries in the colder brew supported by notes of allspice that gave it a Christmassy feel. The aftertaste was thick and sweet. Overall, yet another tea that I would be happy to have in my cupboard in quantity.
Flavors: Fruity, Malt, Raisins, Spices
Thanks to Angel at teavivre for this free sample! I didn’t log my first cup of this apparently and didn’t pay a ton of attention to my cup this morning lol so I will write a more detailed note later! This was fruity, malty, a bit sweet, and really good. A good feeling after drinking it and it wasn’t a heavy black tea. So far, yum! And yes, a more detailed note later :)
Another delicious haute black from China. It’s somewhat hard to believe how the flood of mediocrity coming out of that land permanently tarnished our expectations regarding all things Chinese. Fortunately, worthy companies such as Teavivre are working hard to dispel the negative stereotypes…
I have not always been thrilled with Dian Hong teas, but the key words here appear to be ancient wild tree. Very tasty indeed—both the first and the second infusion. This is the sort of fine black tea which makes one wonder why in the world anyone would ever have thought to add flavors or cream…
Here I go with another sample from Teavivre. I believe I only have one more left to try after this one. It is a happy/sad moment. I like having new possibly delicious teas on the horizon but I also like having sampled them all so I know what is the best for me. The dry leaf on this one is similar to yesterday’s (nonpareil yunnan dian hong chinese red black tea) but has more of a malt and molasses note. Maybe sweet potatoes, but I actually don’t like sweet potatoes so I rarely let my brain smell it in a tea.
I steeped this one about 2 minutes, as it had a shorter recommended steep time on the package. Again, I used nearly boiling water, and half the sample packet. The steeped aroma is very much like a classic bagged tea. It smells strong and bitter, like builder’s tea. I assume this is one of those aroma tricks that tea does.
First sips more closely match the dry leaf aroma. I am getting some molasses type sweetness, some rich cocoa, richer than anticipated. It is also malty, and boldly flavoured but not bitter or astringent. It is really bold, and if it weren’t for the lack of bitterness, I would actually think this wasn’t a Chinese tea!
I do like it well enough, but it isn’t especially remarkable to me. A good Chinese black tea to sip on, but not one that makes me sit up and take notice. If you are considering between this and the the Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Chinese Red Black Tea, I say go with the other. If you’re looking for a generally solid cuppa that you don’t have to think about, go for this one. Still yummy, just not as impressive as some other Teavivre offerings.
this one is a generous sample from teavivre. It was on my wishlist to try so i was super happy to get this one as part of the teas angel sent on. This one tastes familiar. I can’t seem to place it this morning but it reminds me of another tea that i’ve had….while also reminding me of more of a oolong type tea. there’s a sweetness here that’s nice, but there’s also an underlying almost mineral like taste to me. On the whole, while it’s nice…it’ s not a tea for me.
Tea provided by Teavivre for review
Without smelling the dry or wet leaves, all my first impressions came from sipping the first steep. I was a bit surprising to taste citrus (or something that tastes similar). There was also a nice bittersweet chocolate flavour (not overly sweet) and a nice woodsy/earthy characteristic to the black tea body.
Each resteep was pleasant. I really enjoyed the blend of citrus/woodsy flavours. It only weakened when I reached the sixth steep. Less of the charming flavours remained, and more smoky/roasted flavours appeared.
Overall I thought Teavivre’s Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Ancient Wild Tree tea brought out some interesting flavours I didn’t expect to encounter. The quality of the tea is present in the resteepings and the good balance of flavours. For tea preferences, I would recommend this to those that may usually find Yunnan black tea boring or average. But also to those that already enjoy black tea from the region, because it brings interesting flavours with a great tea base that you already have learned to love.
Short steeping as suggested by Teavivre’s website: rinse, 15s, 25s, 35s, 50s, 80s, 130s, 210s
Thank you to Angel at TeaVivre for this lovely sample!
Dry: Luscious long twisty dark and dusty leaves with a few dark bronze pieces mixed in. I think of an elder tea tree when I look at and touch the leaves. There is an aroma of smooth malt, faint hay, and even a touch of cocoa. I’m already excited to brew it up because it smells like something delicious is going to evolve in the infuser (spoiler alert- it does!)
Steeped: Brewed Western style results in a clear brown liquor with a fairly complex fragrance of malt and dates with a hint of spice, and even earth. If I was blindfolded, I might wonder for a split second if this was a pu-erh before a sweet honeyed note with a floral background drifted up from the teapot. I bet this would be fantastic Gongfu style, too.
Flavor: This is probably the best black I’ve tried from TeaVivre so far besides my favorite Keemuns from them. Initially, there is something reminiscent of dates and molasses, chewy and dark. It is also naturally full-bodied and sweet with honey-flower notes, almost syrupy before it mellows. There is something in the background that is spiced and faintly earthy- reminds me of cedar when preparing to cook with it. My husband shared a cup with me this morning and he really likes it also. It resteeps nicely, though we stopped after 3. Overall, this tea is lovely, unique, complex and makes for an interesting tea experience. Definitely not your everyday Yunnan black- if you have the chance to give it a try, I’d highly recommend it. :)
Flavors: Cedar, Dates, Flowers, Honey, Malt, Sweet
Thank you so much for the samples, Teavivre! Always a great day to get a package from Teavivre! The leaves here are dusty black, large and very twisty. The leaves kind of look exactly like they would be from an ancient tree. The fragrance from the mug has such a caramel scent even before taking a sip and the color of the mug even looks like caramel. The flavor is caramel, honey, sweet like I actually added sugar, a little bready and a bit tangy to give the flavor depth. I imagine the tanginess is from the leaves being ancient. I’m not sure if I should have rinsed the leaves. The texture while drinking the tea is even syrupy! With the second steep, the tanginess evens out and the other flavors from the first cup remain. I tried a third half mug steep with a very long steep time, expecting a ruined, overleafed/oversteeped, undrinkable cup (what I usually describe as the oaky/woody leaf flavor), probably expecting this because the leaves are from an “ancient” tree but the third steep was delicious. Another smooth cup. It didn’t have that oversteeped leaves flavor at all, and was actually unexplainably unique. A nice one! Note to self: definitely don’t miss the third steep and I think a longer steep time won’t hurt the third steep either.
Steep #1 // 2 heaping teaspoons for 11 ounce mug // 15 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 5 min after boiling // 3-4 min steep
Steep #3 // half mug // just boiled // 6+minutes
Harvest: April 30, 2014