Hand Curled Golden Buds Dianhong
Verdant Reserve Club – May
This labor-intensive hand curled Golden Buds from Yunnan is part of the small buds early spring picking, yielding an intensely packed brew. While our Golden Fleece keeps us quite satisfied, we really wanted to explore the extravagant outer bounds of what Dian Hong can be. The hand-curled processing on these fine buds yields a thicker mouthfeel and unique chocolate notes that are entirely new to our Dian Hong vocabulary.
The aroma of this tea is buttery like flaky pastry and rich like chocolate, immediately evoking chocolate croissant. The early steepings are delicate, velvety exercises in subtlety of texture and aftertaste above flavor. Heavy whipping cream vanilla notes come through strong with bright and juicy clover honey. Later steepings reveal the chocolate elements, more akin to fine white chocolate in their tempered creamy quality.