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 the spring 2017 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.