44 • Dian Hong Mao Feng
A sweet tea with notes of honey and yellow fruit and a hint of liquorice in its aroma. This tea tastes great with chocolate, sweet dishes and beef broth. This tea is nice as iced tea.
The Dian Hong Mao Feng is a black tea from China. The tea grows at a high location in the Himalayan Mountains and is grown at a plantation in the province of Yunnan. Here it is grown according to traditional methods and especially selected by Madame Tseng for De Eenhoorn. The name of the tea means Black Hair Point from Yunnan.
A black tea is a fully fermented tea. The plant has black leaves with bright yellow tips. After harvesting these leaves, they are dried in the air. This is called fading or withering. As soon as the leaves are flexible enough to be processed, they are rolled by hand. The oxidation or fermentation process begins. After rolling, these leaves have to ferment for a few hours to get a good taste and color. To prevent rotting, the leaves are also baked in a hot air oven in the end.