Grubby wrote:So many people seem interested in this tea..
Is it hype or is it really that good?
or Dian Hong
is very popular with a lot of black tea drinkers. It is generally less astringent than Assam but just as full or strong tasting. That's what Yunnan blacks pretty much have in common.
You may have noticed from this thread, however, that there is a lot of variation within those parameters. People identify smokey flavors, grain, chocolate or cocoa, even pepper. These characteristics vary from one offering to another and from one season to another. True aficionados often spend a lot of time trying to recapture some perfect tea moment they had in their Dian Hong
My impression is that they enjoy the hunting more than they would enjoy the finding!
For me personally, Dian Hong
is a little too
smooth, I prefer something with a bit more bite. I enjoy it once in a while, but it's not one of my main squeezes.