70 Tasting Notes
I am really liking this. This white tea is strongly oxidized and the leaves are pretty red. There is a lot of sweetness and thickness, with bold foresty/swampy and fruity+vanillaish aromas that give this tea great depth and complexity. There is also a bit of that almost medicinal old book sweetness of aged white teas. Very comforting overall feel that makes this feel really nice in the body.
Nice, potent Yunnan black tea. It is sweet in a fruity way, with some nice cinnamon-like spicy aspects, which give it an uplifting and thirst-quenching quality much like a good second flush darjeeling. When it is brewed stronger it becomes grippy without feeling dry, the kind of astringency that feels good. I can see why this is more expensive than most other dianhongs.
Impressive tea, as should be expected of course. The leaves are really big and well intact and unfurl nicely. Most distinctive is just that very deep old and damp woodsy thing that I have only had so strong in old shou puers like this one, it is impressive and challenging yet very cosy and comfortable. Wonderful dark color and nice sweetness and thickness. Good tea.
Flavors: Cherry, Vanilla, Wet Earth, Wood
Yes, really nice. Happy to have bought two cakes of, one to drink now and one to keep.
When it had just arrived I feared a little. It seemed quite harsh and dryish, with an interesting, but very upfront fermentation note. After having sat for a few weeks though, it is really great. The liquor is nicely thick and juicy now and has plenty of sweetness. The storage/fermentation notes are quite present and remarkable, but hard to describe. It’s not like the rounder basement notes of some other teas, there is a kind of pine-like sharpness to it that I really enjoy. This tea is easy to brew and can get pretty intense without a lot of bitterness.
The rinsed leaves smell intensely refreshing. The scents are fresh and foresty, in a sweet way. The brew is really sweet, syrupy, mouth-coating sweet rather than foresty. This is a very pleasant and comforting tea. It remains sweet, never becoming grassy or harsh in later brews. It seems like good value to me, but it’s a little bit above my budget to buy a cake of. Maybe I would if it would really click with me, the sweetness is very nice, however this doesn’t feel 100% my thing, I guess it lacks that bit of edge or mystery for me. It’s just too accessible and pleasing perhaps. Really great tea though.
I would not really agree with the ‘medium oxidation’. As visible in the image quite a lot of green shines through these leaves, making it relatively light for a dianhong. That also doesn’t make it a ‘classic Yunnan black tea’ for me. It is pretty complex, with flowery, fruity and even somewhat vegetal aspects, and it lacks the classic honeyish, caramelly, sweet, thick and smooth dianhong thing.
If you don’t expect this to have that typical dianhong profile, it is a nice, lively and refreshing black tea with much character for its price.