Body & Soul 2021 Dianhong Black Tea & Ripe Puer



With some minor tweaks for 2021, it’s back: A beautiful marriage of Bangdong black tea and Bulang shou puer.

This experimental blend represents the best of both worlds. Bangdong black tea provides an immediate sweetness and enticing fragrance up front. Meanwhile the Bulang shou puer holds things down in terms of mouthfeel and texture, but without any noticeable earthiness or interference in terms of fragrance.

The overall experience is a balanced and highly enjoyable one, as again, we ask ourselves how we didn’t think of this earlier.

After storing the 2020 version for one year, we were also pleasantly surprised at how this tea developed with one year of storage. While this is an excellent tea for drinking now, it can also develop and mellow out with time in storage.


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4 reviews for Body & Soul 2021 Dianhong Black Tea & Ripe Puer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Lopez (verified owner)

    I was kinda scared to taste it, but it’s great, much better than expected. The black provides brightness and sweetness. The ripe provides body and earthiness. Balanced, interesting, delicious.

  2. 5 out of 5

    fuzz (verified owner)

    Very good but more red than black. Was expecting a shu and got a fuck-me-up hongcha. Powerful qi.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Josh (verified owner)

    Wonderful combination – signature sweetness from the black tea meshes with earthy, fruity density from the shou. It reminds me a bit of waffles & syrup, or warm peach pie.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris (verified owner)

    To my taste, the 2020 version worked better (don’t get me wrong this one is fine too). The three main smells are cranberries (light), gummies holiday cake and outdoor wet trail. Regarding the taste, I got: red fruits coulis, almond cake, wet earth trail, wet rock, gravy, warm spices. This tea is ideal when you want to slow things down. It gives ‘calm energy’.

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