Dian Hong Zhenyuan Gold

Dian Hong Zhenyuan Gold is a speciality Yunnan Red tea from the mountainous area of Zhenyuan County of Yunnan Province. Wiry black and gold leaves produce a smooth liquor that is sweet and malty, with notes of raw chocolate and no astringency.

Brewing guide: 2.5g in 250ml water at 90°C for 3-4mins



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Origin:Zhenyuan County, Yunnan Province, China
Cultivar:Camellia sinensis var. assamica
Harvest time:March 2023
Sourcing:Specialist Yunnan Wholesaler


Dian Hong Zhenyuan Gold black tea (金滇红镇远) is a exceptionally smooth 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 Zhenyuan Gold refers to the origin of this tea within Yunnan (Zhenyuan County) and the quality of this tea (Gold to signify a large amount of golden tips in this tea). This batch is from March 2023 harvest.

Yunnan is famed for its production of pu-erh, a fermented type of tea. There is also a rather large production of black teas in this province, which are gaining particular popularity due to their smooth and sweet characters with almost no astringency and only a touch of maltiness.

This Dian Hong Zhenyuan Gold can serve as a typical example of the high quality black teas that are produced in Yunnan alongside the famous pu-erh. This particular one has long wiry leaves that open up into quite large full leaves in your tea pot when brewed. The short steeping time allows for a few brews of this tea so you can experiment with numerous steepings and the flavours each ones produces. It produces an amber liquor with a lovely fragrance. The taste is extremely smooth and sweet and well balanced. There is no astringency but plenty of sweet, malty and mineral flavours with notes of raw chocolate.

This tea is best brewed with water at 90°C for 3-4 minutes. It can also be brewed twice or more depending on your tea taste preference. Best taken without milk or sugar.

This Chinese Dian Hong Zhenyuan Gold black tea was first featured in our January 2016 Curious Tea Subscription Boxes.