Traditional Process Dian Hong Black - Yunnan Sourcing
Tea : Traditional Process Dian Hong Black Tea of Feng Qing
Producer: Yunnan Sourcing
Website description: Processed with very light oxidization and roasting this Feng Qing area tea has a strong taste with some astringency and a long floral sweet after-taste. This tea will continue to age and develop over the years.
Excellent choice for longer-term storage or just longer shelf-life for the lazy tea drinker!
Water: 240 ml/ approximately 8 oz
Steep Time: 3 minutes for 3 gm
My Review System: https://artofthepair.com/tea-overview/
My Overall Impression (Score of 83.0%)
This has to be one of the best values in tea that I’ve reviewed. First of all, this is a simple tea. There are no bones about it, what you get is what you get. That’s one of its positive characteristics and why I really like this. It’s easy to drink and I’ll be using it for Iced Tea in the summer.
As much as I love trying different teas with great flavor profiles and nuances, every now and then, I look for something easy to drink. This is it. It has a great mouthfeel, and a flavor profile that can stand up to meats and wild game. I brewed a second cup to check its quality and it was still amazing. Now I’m going to the third cup, and it shows the same.
The price as of 5/9/23 is $11.50 for 100 grams.
- 100 gm / 3 gm for steeping = 33 cups
- 33 cups from package = app 34.8 cents per cup
Typically, I double steep all my teas (use the tea twice) so I can get 66 cups or approximately 17.4 cents per cup. Incredible value with great characteristics. I would honestly drink this with a cheeseburger and be happy with the pairing.
- Opening the package, it shows high dusty malt tones with earthy/soil components. This is followed by hints of straw/hay, toffee, and white pepper.
- In the cup, it shows almost equal malt/leather aromas with hints of toast, toffee, tar, and musty leaves.
- It’s not intense and overall consistent across the profile. You can almost describe it as flat on the bell curve (not a bad element – it’s just what it shows).
- This is a simple, easy to drink tea that’s off dry with some acidity. It’s almost full body but drinks exceptionally well.
- It shows moderate malt tones with plain toast and hints of caramel. My brain keeps thinking about dried meats (similar to a plain jerky).
- I love the dusty mouthfeel and structure.
- There’s a touch of bitterness on the back end (that’s not unpleasant). It just adds to the structure to give it dimension.
- Aromas (4.0/5)
- Flavors (8.1/10)
- Overall impression (4.5/5)
- Total score = 83.0 percent (16.6/20)
Foods to Pair and Why
- Slow Braised pork (not spicy) that pairs well with the flavor, mouthfeel, sweetness, and acid levels.
- A Cheeseburger pairs well with flavors, mouthfeel and sweetness and aromas.
- A grilled rib-eye with sauteed mushrooms pairs with the mouthfeel, flavor, aromas sweetness.
- Wild game jerky or charcuterie that pairs with the mouthfeel, flavors, aromas, and sweetness levels
- Smoked ham breakfast quiche to pair with the aromas, mouthfeel, acid, and flavors.
- Dark meat (Leg / Thigh) fried chicken (Thomas Keller Style) that pairs well with the flavors, mouthfeel, acid, and sweetness levels.