Yunnan Dian Hong Black Tea
Dianhong is a broad category that refers to all black tea from Yunnan Province. Dian is Yunnan’s other name, while hong means red and stands for red tea. Because “black teas” are referred to as “red teas” in Chinese, Dianhong can be translated either as Yunnan black tea, or as Yunnan red tea.
A particularity of Yunnan black tea is, that it is made with tea plants from the big leaves varietal. They are the same plants used for making Pu’er Tea. Depending on the grade of leaves used, the appearance will change a little bit. Jinzhen or “Golden Tips” is a type of Yunnan black tea only made with the thinnest tips. As indicated in its name, these are partially or completely golden. Dianhong made with leaves (not buds or tips) is darker, but will also show some golden colour.