Dark Forest 2019 Fengqing Gushu Dianhong



This dianhong is something that any black tea lover can’t afford to pass up.

Now, the term “wild” is something that we typically don’t like to throw around too much. It’s often misused and misapplied, and there is no true consensus or standard definition for it. In this case, we feel it’s safe to say that this tea is not from your ordinary garden varietal though, so to speak. Due to this difference in varietal and environment, the dry leaf of this tea also appears significantly darker and without the presence of golden buds.

This tea has a very rich flavour, with a smooth and sweet profile. While we don’t typically like to lead people with very specific flavours, but a noticeable cherry taste is present as well. It also presents a unique fragrance, which makes itself known before even taking a sip, and lingers in the mouth well after that.

Part of this tea’s unique character is due to its processing style, which doesn’t see it quite as fully oxidized as most black teas. This allows it to develop with age, making it suitable for storage of at least 2 years.

We recommend insist on brewing this tea gongfu style in order to extract the most enjoyment and range of flavour. We also strongly recommend using lower temperature water at this stage, around 80-85c.

Picking period: Pre-April 12

Please note that the 250g size does not include a tin.


Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions 16 × 16 × 1 cm

7 reviews for Dark Forest 2019 Fengqing Gushu Dianhong

  1. 5 out of 5

    wingnut4096 (verified owner)

    This might be the smoothest and most aromatic dianhong I’ve ever had. It’s delightfully balanced, combining flavors of honey and cherries with the fragrance of dark chocolate and malt. The mouthfeel is very hydrating, with essentially no astringency to speak of. Though a bit pricey, if you’re a fan of tippy Yunnan black teas, this is definitely something you should try. Overall a really unique and special tea.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sheilah Newberry (verified owner)

    I was a bit hesitant to try this one because of the price, but I am so glad I did. It is malty and fruity, and has a very pleasant aroma.

  3. 3 out of 5

    Henry (verified owner)

    Comfortable as a decent quality black tea. Tried it as was struck by the description. Has a distinct cherry taste, which I’m sure fans of this taste will enjoy. Sadly it’s not a taste I enjoy

  4. 5 out of 5

    pverhaeg (verified owner)

    This tea’s character varies interestingly with brewing temperature. When I do around 190 F, it is almost like a darjeeling, with distinct muscatel notes; at 205 F (flash steeped), it is dancong-like with stronger stone fruit notes.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris

    //Eyes Dry Leaf
    Majestic and slim dark green (almost gray) slightly twisted leaves

    //Nose Dry Leaf
    Candied fruits and raisin bread smell

    //Nose Wet Leaf
    The raisin bread is now warm with butter on it!

    //Eyes Liquor
    Cloudy liquor with maple syrup color

    //Mouth Texture
    Silky, syrupy, coats the teeth. Thick texture – long lasting warmth

    //Mouth Taste
    Sugary and hot like a cake that just goes out of the oven. Lighter raisins taste vs 2018 version.

    //Nose Empty Cup
    Sugary smell of a ripe fruit

    //Mouth Finish
    Juicy sensation in the mouth.

    //Eyes Wet Leaf
    From ocer to warm brown. Leaves are very glossy

    //Body Sensation

    //Brewing Notes
    1 gram per 20mL of water at 95C. 15 seconds + 5 seconds

    Very pleasing tea session

  6. 5 out of 5

    StellaLia (verified owner)

    Oh my, what do I say… I´m in love with that tea!
    It´s perfect for fall right now, with it´s dark, warm, deliciously sweet, malty and round flavours. I´m so glad I tried it, but now I need more… well it´s christmas very soon, and maybe santa will bring me some 😀

  7. 5 out of 5

    Togo (verified owner)

    It is quite a demanding black tea. First of all, it demands attention, but it seems to also really need fairly specific parameters to uncover its full potential.

    In terms of specific notes, from the dry leaves I got a strong woody one complemented by molasses and prunes. Throughout the session, there are also aromas of candle smoke, black cardamon, resin, moss, and cocoa beans.

    The taste is likewise woody and resinous. It is smooth and sweet with a bitterness of dark chocolate. In the cooling aftertaste, I also noticed hints of butter and pinecones, as well as an intensified cocoa bean note.

    The mouthfeel is buttery and smooth. It can get a little bubbly and has a medium body.

    Probably the most memorable aspect, however, is the stupefying and defocusing full body sensation. While drinking this tea, I frequently need to lie down as my body feels very light and I imagine flying up in the clouds.

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