Dian Hong Black Pagoda is a speciality tea from Yunnan Province of China. Dian Hong, literally Yunnan Red, refers to the origin and type of tea (red according to Chinese classification) and Black Pagoda refers to the type of tea (black according to western classification) and the fact that it comes in pagoda or tower shapes.
This Dian Hong Black Pagoda has been tied together into tower shapes prior to drying. After the leaves are dried, they retain this shape but once they are submerged in water, they open up to form a flower. The Dian Hong Black Pagoda that we selected is simply hand tied, but unlike many other flowering teas, the actual tea used to produce this one is of a very high quality, yielding a cup of tea bursting with fantastic flavour.
This tea has plenty of golden tips which are evident on the dry pagodas. When you brew this Dian Hong Black Pagoda, the towers open up into flowers and produce an amber liquor with a lovely aroma. The taste is mild and sweet and well balanced. There are lots of sweet notes of honey and caramel with a hint of spiced orange. A smooth, comforting but also refreshing cup of tea, perfect for an after dinner drink.
This tea is best brewed with water at 1oo°C for 4-5 minutes. It can also be brewed more than once; we found two brews being the optimum amount. It is best taken without milk or sugar.
You can read an independent review of this tea over at the Tapiocat Blog.