During third century BC, the central area of Yunnan, around present day Kunming (major city), was known as ‘Dian’. The name Dian Hong means "Yunnan Black tea". Often Yunnan black teas are referred to as Dian Hong teas. Yunnan black teas vary in their flavor and appearance. Some grades have more golden buds and a very sweet and gentle aroma without astringency. Others make a darker, brown brew that is bright, uplifting and slightly sharp. You may add milk to this tea (a longer steeping time is needed to acquire enough astringency to balance the milk).
Yunnan Dianhong Group Co., Ltd was founded on Mar. 8, 1939. It was originally named as Shunning Experimental Tea Factory and then renamed as Fengqing Tea Factory when the county’s name changed from Shunning into Fengqing in 1954. Dianhong Congou is designated by the States council as gift tea for states foreign affairs. Nowadays Dianhong has existed 70 years as the biggest private share-holding tea manufacture in China, to celebrate its 70th anniversary, the group produced high quality golden cake. As we can see the cake is pressed with tender golden-colored tips. It smells strongly of chocolate and malt. Once infused to a rich, honey-gold, the nose takes on caramel and vanilla notes. It is slightly sweet, spicy tea with its finish of burnt caramel. Very smooth, minimal astringency.
Brewing Guide: The water used to steep this tea should be at the boiling point. Use about 2 teaspoons (3 grams) of tea leaves for about every 5 ounces (150 milliliters) of water. A steeping time of about 3-5 minutes with more or less time is recommended depending on the desired concentration.