All Day Breakfast 2022 Lancang Dianhong Black Tea



Our first pressed Shaihong processed (sun baked) black teas, this tea is an example of why it’s good to keep an open mind.

Right out of the gate, things start off with light caramel and fruity notes in the early infusions, as more intense sweetness build in the 2nd and 3rd steeps. The body and mouthfeel is also quite impressive for a black tea in this price range, while a noticeable huigan (returning sweetness) lingers in the mouth and throat. As the session goes on, some floral notes start to emerge as well.

This tea was a bit of an unexpected, but pleasant surprise. Suitable for any time of day, this tea is also suitable for any weather, offering lots of warmth for the winter, and a refreshing crispness to suit summer. And while we’re skeptical about ageing Dianhongs beyond 2 years, this may have the potential to take things further – only time will tell.


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3 reviews for All Day Breakfast 2022 Lancang Dianhong Black Tea

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris (verified owner)

    Nominee for the best comforting tea 2022.
    //Smell : Rehydrated dried raisins, floral, dessert coming out of the oven, honey sweetness, raisin bread, zest, orange juice, cinnamon, carrots
    //Texture: Tingling on the tip of the tongue, excited cheeks, medium texture, overall mouth coating, heat
    //Taste : Freshly pressed orange juice, warm raisin bread, cinnamon, zesty with a sweet touch
    //Body sensation: Comforting heat in the mouth, long lasting effect, eyes awake, gentle energy, smiling cheeks

  2. 5 out of 5

    sannemo (verified owner)

    I finally got round to test it – and it is sold out??? How can I get hold of a new “round”. Floral, smooth, mild as in not astringent or bitter, orange blossom honey – one to get hooked on. “Harvesting” it like a PuEr increases the fun.

    • Bitterleaf

      We honestly didn’t expect that either There’s always the 2023 version though!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Cheong (verified owner)

    This, alongside Bull Noir, really demonstrates Bitterleaf’s excellent taste in dianhong. This tea may honestly be one of my favourite red teas of all time, Beautiful balance of fruit on the nose and the tongue, vanilla-like smoothness better than any you could get from a blended whisky, it was the perfect tea to gift to friends and family for a winter treat. I think I bought the last cake (sorry sannemo) and really regret only buying three cakes instead of a whole tong, or several.

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