REVIEW: Tea Masters – 2011 Spring Big Arbor Dian Hong from Yunnan


Tea and origin: Red tea from Mojiang, Yunnan, China. Harvested in April 2011
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Tasting notes

Dry leaf: The golden tips mixed in with the black twisted leaves makes this a beautiful dry leaf. It has a crisp, sour berry aroma

Infused tea: The tea cups out an orange-coloured liquor that has a distinct black currant aroma. This analysis is not ground-breaking, as Tea Masters’ website points out the black currant aroma, but it is undeniably present. The liquor tastes of sour berries – such as blackberries or black currants. It is a medium-bodied tea with moderate to mild astringency (see below about astringency). The tea has an impressive lingering aftertaste of berries

Infusion tips: I think this tea is best made with quick infusions. I used a small teapot (200ml) with five grams of tea and 95C water. For the first infusion, I steeped the tea for 30 seconds, and 40 for the second and 45 for the third and so on. Try infusing this tea five or more times

Conclusions: I’ve had very few red teas from Yunnan that I’d consider ‘high quality’, which is very unfortunate. This is a cracking tea. I think the flavours and tannins are at their best in the second, third and fourth infusions. The berry flavour does not dissipate as you work your way through each infusion, but starting in the second infusion, the tannins calm and the tea is smooth and packed with aroma and flavour

Retail price: 25 grams for $16.00 / 100 grams for $55.00


About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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