Body & Soul 2020 Dianhong Black Tea & Ripe Puer



After testing out various combinations of material, we eventually settled on an in-house blend of 2018 Bulang shou puer and 2020 Jinggu area dianhong black tea for this creation. The result: an unusual combination of teas with some fantastic results.

There is a pronounced sweetness and fragrance as soon as the water hits this tea. At this point there’s no hiding the fact that there is indeed black tea at play. This fragrance and becomes more obvious with the first sip, exhibiting everything we know and love about a good Yunnan black tea.

Meanwhile, this fragrance is rooted down by a thick mouthfeel and heavy body, but without too much earthiness or interference flavour-wise by the shou puer. These two teas end up producing a well-rounded experience, making you wonder how you never thought of this before.

Is it brilliance or blasphemy? You decide!


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7 reviews for Body & Soul 2020 Dianhong Black Tea & Ripe Puer

  1. 5 out of 5

    ceciestmonthe (verified owner)

    An experiment gone right. Shou gives this mix body and depth, while dianhong provides it with some higher notes of red fruits. Throughout the session, the brew consistently tastes of prune. Delicious!

  2. 5 out of 5

    StellaLia (verified owner)

    Sometimes it pays off when you dare to make an experiment – this is one of those chases. Mixes the best qualities of Ripe Puer and a Dianhong for me!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Togo (verified owner)

    Shou and black tea doesn’t sound like the weirdest combination, but I still wouldn’t expect it to turn out as well as this tea performs. It is fairly well integrated and balanced overall with more savoury character than a straight black tea would have.

    Dry leaf aroma is an funny mix of fish, wooden cabinet, black cherry, and crickets. Throughout the session, the smell has some of more familiar notes from dian hong – malt and chocolate – as well as some notes of fireplace, hazelnuts, maple syrup, and grilled peach.

    First infusion is fairly sweet and medium bodied with a creamy texture to it that is a staple of the session. The dominant flavours are in the neighborhood of chocolate and autumn leaf pile. Second steep is more woody with notes of corn syrup and peanuts. The next then brings the savoury and umami aspects, as well as a prominent nutty cocoa bean flavour and hints of cannabis.

    The aftertaste is a little biting and this is where the shou character tends to take over the show somewhat. After a short while, the expected earthiness emerges, as well as some vanilla and hints of sour fermentation notes.

    I really like the cha qi too, which is very relaxing and (body and soul) melting. I personally wouldn’t bet on this performing great if aged, but what do I know. In any case, it is a lovely tea to drink now.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Daniel969 (verified owner)

    An absolute WOW for that tea! I should have ordered way more while it was still in stock…
    A nice mix that should be done again year after year!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Pirkig (verified owner)

    This is my favorite tea of the black or Puerh variety. It’s the one I drink most often. It’s a fantastic tea to start your morning, get through your afternoon, or relax with in the evening after a good meal. I purchased a tong of this last year, and Im pretty sure I will need to replace it soon with this years blend.
    Others have made tasting notes that are better than any that I can add, but I would add that it starts out more dian hong and ends up more smooth Puerh.

  6. 4 out of 5

    MC (verified owner)

    This is an interesting tea. At first you taste the Dian Hong in the first 2 infusions and then the puerh hits in the subsequent infusions. I do like this tea as I like Shou puerh and I like Chinese black tea. This would also be a good every day tea. I just ordered the 2021 version.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris (verified owner)

    Perfectly well balanced blend! The liquor expands in the mouth and generously coats the teeth and cheeks. The taste is complex with its notes of raisin bread, wet rocks, forest trails, ginger, nutmeg and red berries. yum ^_^

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