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[Spring 2019 harvest] This is one of those Yunnan teas that started the golden bud craze of the recent decades. It seems that I, as many other tea drinkers, while liking this tea quite a bit struggle for the words to describe its aroma and taste. It is subtle, fleeting and ever changing.

This dianhong is really strong in any way a tea can impress you: it has an absolutely lovely and striking appearance, a distinct, hard-to-describe but charming aroma, nice murky golden liquor….

The taste is multi-layered and subtle, reminiscent of good greens but with a malty backbone and welcoming chocolate bitterness. Plenty of interesting sweetness, baked bread, fruit. In the subsequent infusions nuttiness becomes prominent. The aftertaste is long, satisfying, and also rather complex.

This is one of the teas that richly rewards experimenting with different steeping times, leaf amounts and temperature by displaying new flavors. I thoroughly enjoyed this red and will order again.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Nuts

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I like to drink teas to recreate a specific mood, or just to take a break at work. The world of tea is so endless, patiently waiting for exploration and rewarding you in many ways big and small.

I am looking forward to years of playing with tea leaves, gaiwans, cups, and YouTube videos.

My ratings:

90 or more – a very good/excellent tea, I can see myself ordering it again.

80-89 – it is a good tea, I enjoyed it but not enough to reorder.

70-79 – an OK, drinkable tea but there are certainly much better options even in the same class/type.

60-69 – this tea has such major flaws that you have to force yourself to finish what you ordered.

<60 – truly horrible teas that must be avoided at all costs.

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