Dian Hong Black Pagoda (滇红黑宝塔) is a speciality hand-tied tea from Yunnan Province of China that is also known as Black Tower in English or Bao Ta in Chinese. The various names of this tea reference the unique tower shape that is achieved by shaping the tied leaves into a cone prior to drying. The select leaves used for this tea produce a mellow and smooth liquor with a complex array of light flavours. This lot is from April 2020 harvest.
This Dian Hong Black Pagoda has been tied together into cones 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.
Dian Hong Black Pagoda has plenty of golden tips which are evident on the dry cones. When you brew this tea, the towers open up into flowers and produce an amber liquor with a lovely malty and floral aroma. The taste is smooth, well-balanced and without astringency. There are light flavours that are sweet and malty with notes of fruits and cocoa. The tangy aftertaste adds to the refreshing character of this tea. It is light and neutral, having a very comforting flavour, making this tea perfect on its own or paired with lightly flavoured food.
This tea is best brewed with water at 90°C for 3-4 minutes and should be brewed multiple times. Like all Dian Hong teas, it is best enjoyed without milk or sugar.