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Origin: Fengqing, Yunnan, China
Ingredients: orange pekoe colored buds
Harvest time: Hand-picked in April, 2011
Taste: A rich, complex but smooth and fresh taste
Brew: 1-2 teaspoons for 8oz of water. Brew at 185 ºF (85 ºC) for 2 to 3 minutes (exact time depends on your taste – a longer time will give the tea a stronger taste and color)
Health Benefits: A good source of antioxidants and so will help reduce the risk of cancers and lessen the affects of aging. Black teas such as our Dian Hong also are considered to help prevent tooth decay and help lower your cholesterol levels.
I love the way the tea leaves look! I know you aren’t supposed to judge a tea by the way the leaves look but I just love them! I love the different colors, textures, shapes! They are truly a work of natural art! They look JUST LIKE the picture!
The first infusion ‘brewed’ very dark with a light fibery texture to the eye but not to the taste. It was rather malty and quite tasty! I decided to do an infusion test with this one and am glad that I did. Multiple infusions with this black tea are fun and delightful! I will say the overall malt-like flavor I mentioned wasn’t NOT over the top at all…it was just enough to give it some Umph! The 2nd and 3rd infusions were less malty and a mellower toned-down black tea taste. Still nice tho! As for the 4th infusion – the tea color was MUCH lighter and the malt was near gone. It was like a very gentle black tea but the neat part about the 4th infusion was that I could pick up on some fruity notes. It was a nice surprise!
I really like this tea. I would consider it a nice, solid, SHARING tea. A good go-to when you have people over. It’s tasty stand-alone and has a great flavor but isn’t overly dark or strong either. It’s a goodie!