Dian Hong Wu Liang Mountain (滇紅無量山) is a lovely Dian Hong, or Yunnan Red from Wu Liang Shan (Boundless Mountain) located in Simao District of Pu’er Prefecture in Yunnan Province of China. Grown at a very high altitude of around 2,300m this black tea unusually undergoes a brief fermentation before being processed into a black tea. The fermentation aspect adds an intriguing and appealing dimension to this tea that is quite unique among black teas from Yunnan. This crop of Dian Hong Wu Liang Mountain is from the Spring 2021 harvest.
Simao District has played an important role in history of tea, both in this region and in the rest of the world. The ancient Tea Horse Road was a trade route with the starting point in Simao, so both this district and the surrounding Pu’er Prefecture area have been growing and trading tea for over a thousand years. To this day tea remains the central crop and production of this region.
The wiry golden leaves of this Dian Hong Wu Liang Mountain black tea produce a dark amber liquor with a malty aroma. The taste is refreshing, with sweet and light malty notes that Dian Hong teas are famous for. The brief fermentation somewhat dulls the maltiness, resulting in a liquor that has a fresh, slightly thin and not very long lasting aftertaste. There are dry stony and fruity notes and some floral cocoa notes on the aftertaste. It makes for a very easy to drink cup of medium black tea that is perfect without milk or sugar. It is particularly suitable for pairing with cakes, pastries and other sweets.
We suggest brewing this Dian Hong Wu Liang Mountain black tea at 90°C for 3-4 minutes according to your taste. It can be brewed around 3 times depending on your taste preferences.
This Dian Hong Wu Liang Mountain black tea was first featured in our July 2018 Curious Tea Subscription Boxes.