Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Teavivre, Yunnan Dian Hong Black Tea
Comparing this to Golden Tips or Sun Moon Lake is unfair, but I can’t help it as I just reviewed the latter. So let me get this out of my system - This does not have the wonderful sweet potato notes of the Golden Tips, and it does not have the amazing honey and mint of the Sun Moon Lake. So, in this unfair comparison this tea starts off by sounding a little bland. Yet it is a mere $6.90/100g compared to $16.90 and $29.99 respectively. The truth is this is a really good tea on its own strengths. It is smooth and malty. I don’t know how this is processed and fired but I detect a very light amount of smoke in the cup. That adds character and depth. The cooler the cup gets the more the flavor pops.
At the price point of this tea, having a nice Dian Hong for everyday would be enough. Yet, I haven’t even gotten to the reason I requested this sample. I had a hunch about this tea that I just had to try. I brewed the second cup and poured it over ice. As I suspected, this made a refreshing light glass of iced tea. Where as the mighty Golden Tips faltered over ice, this frugal version took it in stride. No sweetener or lemon required. There was one problem with it – my glass emptied way too fast :)
One last thing, I steeped this 3 times and it was still going strong. Let’s see Twinings do that.