Relatively lightly oxidised, this Dian Hong, most frequently debonair and malty, here seems to be a masquerading green tea—indeed, to waft the aroma of the dried leaves puts one in mind of a walk on the mountainside surrounded by fresh herbs. And yet only the golden coat of the extended and unbroken leaf buds belies the appearance of a Yin Zhen or similar white tea. A wonderful surprise for black tea lovers, or for those who feel they have tasted it all, this Dian Hong seems to marry spring with autumn, and is bound to be a refined—if unexpected—pleasure.
- ORIGIN: Fengqing, Lincang, Yunnan, China
- MEANING: Yunnan red (dian hong)
- CULTIVAR: Da Ye Zhong
- HARVEST TIME: Spring 2017
- TASTE: Smooth, Thai basil, mint, corn