The Classic Feng Qing '58 Dian Hong from Yunnan Sourcing is visually beautiful tea with fuzzy golden needles and dark brown/black leaves attached.
The dry aroma smells malty, musky, and slightly spicy like a dried chili. This is a burly Dian Hong with a strong character, not attempting to be at all subtle. It carries a rustic vibe, as opposed to a hyper clean, savory, and subtle tea like the Imperial Dian Hong or Xiang Gui Dian Hong from Yunnan Sourcing.
Rinsing the leaves, an aroma is released that's dominated by a characteristically sharp malt character. Molasses and leather sweep through with a sweet note that might be fruity if it weren't surrounded by all of the deep, masculine fragrances.
Steeping the tea in my gaiwan, the malt tone dominates with the other fragrances dropping to the background to provide complexity to the sweet, rounded maltiness. The flavor is smooth, and not overly subtle, providing peaty and leathery retronasal aromatics that remind me a bit of Scotch whiskey. The brew is also savory, with hints of sweetness, and is entirely devoid of bitterness, astrigency, or drying character.
This is a great dian hong for when I'm in the mood for a Yunnan tippy tea that is less subtle and pleasantly less refined.