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Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Chinese Red Black Tea from Teavivre

April28

ChineseRedTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Teavivre

Tea Description:

A cup of Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Chinese Red Black Tea will not only attract you by its taste, but also by its appearance: so dark and strong with tight and long tips. This tempting appearance is produced in Yunnan. While if you want to describe its taste, you can use the word elegant. It can serve you a cup of elegant gongfu tea or afternoon tea.

High mountains and proper environment produces good tea. Chinese Red has a price of high value. Its special tea tree and superb making skills make this tea carrying a unique fragrance as rich as perfumes. The top notes make you delighted; the middle notes fresh your mind; the base note of strong floral fragrance make you intoxicated.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Ahhh-ma-ZING!  This tea is truly remarkable.  Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Chinese Red Black Tea from Teavivre is one of those memorable black teas that I believe all tea lovers should try!

The tea brews up dark and has a thick, silky mouthfeel that seems to coat the palate with it’s full-flavored goodness.  I taste notes of deep, dark bittersweet chocolate and an undertone of rich, creamy caramel.  It has that “baked” quality to it, the kind of taste that evokes thoughts of freshly baked bread.

There are notes of malt and there is very little – as in next to NO – astringency to this tea.  In fact, I mention the astringency only because just now I took a sip and really focused on what I was experiencing to see if I could notice any astringency.  And when I’m very focused on it, I can detect a slight dry sensation toward the tail.  It’s ever-so-slight and those who tend to be astringent-sensitive shouldn’t worry about this tea.

For those of you who remember Dawn from Simple Leaf and miss it (and let’s face it, if you remember the tea, you miss it!) this tea would make a really good substitute for that tea.  It reminds me a lot of that tea.  It is rich with notes of cocoa, sweet, caramel-y undertones and notes of stone fruit (plum-ish) mid-sip.

A really memorable, delicious tea – and it’s just as flavorful with the second infusion, too!

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Our mutual love for tea and writing about it inspired us to start this blog so that we could better share this love with others.

One thing I (Anne) learned very early on in my career as a tea artist is that everyone has different preferences, and every single tea tastes differently on every single palate.  So just because one of us doesn’t happen to like a tea, doesn’t mean that YOU (the reader) will not.

We try to be as impartial as we can.  We do have our favorites.  We are human.  But we do our very best to be as fair and as honest about a tea as we can be.

You might not agree with my assessment – or with Jennifer’s assessment – of a tea.  But that’s OK… if we all liked the same exact tea – we’d only need ONE kind of tea and … wow… that sounds really boring, indeed!

What a beautiful world it is that we have so many teas to suit so many tea enthusiasts!

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