Leaf Type: Pu Erh
Where to Buy: Cloudwalker Teas
Sweet, smooth and sparkling. As with all of our teas at Cloudwalker, three year old Dian Hong is a high level pu erh tea. It combines an aquamarine floral taste with fine up-lifting chi characteristics. Dian Hong is a loose leaf pu erh tea processed similar to that of a black tea. It is already deep and rich with full and complex flavors. It is at once enlivening and cooling. A full, floral and rich tea. This tea is an excellent introduction to pu erh, or to entertain guests who have not yet experienced the earthy nature of these fine Chinese teas.
This Pu-erh is so unlike other pu-erh teas that I’ve tried!
I’ve said it before: I’m not a big fan of Pu-erh. I am, however, acquiring a taste for it. And I’ll say this – if this were the first Pu-erh tea that I tried, I don’t think I would have disliked it for so many years! This is good!
The dry leaf lacks the strong earthy aroma that many other Pu-erh teas possess. It does have a slight earthy quality to the scent, but, not nearly as strong as other Pu-erh teas I’ve experienced. Likewise, the brewed liquor – while slightly more earthy than the dry leaf – is still not nearly as earthy as other Pu-erh teas.
This Pu-erh reminds me more of a black tea than of a Pu-erh, but without the bitterness that sometimes accompanies black tea. This is very smooth and rich in taste, and brews up very dark (most Pu-erh teas brew up darker than the average black tea). There is an earthy note to the taste, but again, like the aroma – it isn’t as earthy as a typical Pu-erh.
The flavor is sweet with notes of flower and even hints of dark cocoa in the background. There is a deep sweetness in the background that reminds me of burnt sugar. There is a damp woodsy note to it as well.
Overall, this is one of the most pleasant Pu-erh experiences I’ve ever had (if not THE most pleasant). I really like this one, and it is one that I could easily enjoy on a daily basis – unlike a typical Pu-erh which is something I drink only on occasion.
Like I said at the start – this is a Pu-erh that is like no other that I’ve tried!