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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Yunnan Noir from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 14th, 2014

The aroma of the dry tea is rich and quite sweet, with notes of cocoa, roasted peanuts, yams, honey, and a delicate finish of dried cherry. It is nothing short of mouthwatering, but I do have a great love for this kind of tea.

The first steeping is light, a creamy blend of sweet cocoa, roasted peanuts and a rich aft...

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SarsyPie

(119 reviews)
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Golden Fleece from Verdant Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 11th, 2014

I’m not sure what to make of this! I was expecting something a little different based on the reviews and description.

Method: about 1tbsp (sounds like a lot, but these are small, pointy leaves), 8 oz, 205 degrees, 2 minutes, ForLife brew in mug strainer

Dry Leaf Aroma: This smells like a malted campfire.

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Ailaoshan Black from Whispering Pines

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 11th, 2014

Whispering Pines is going to be the death of me, but at least I'll die a very happy, tea-drunk death.

Method: 1.5 tsp, 8 oz, 203 degrees, 3 minutes, French Press

Dry Leaf and Brewing Aroma: light malts and honey

Flavor: Why, WP, WHY?!?!? Every time I think I've found my favorite tea, I end up with another ...

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Morning Sun from Mandala Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 5th, 2014

Ehrmagerd! OM NOM NOM.

This tea is amazeballs. I made it like this: 1 tsp, 8 oz, 208 degrees, 3.5 minutes. I used my brew in mug strainer. I sampled at 1 and 2 minutes, but it wasn’t strong enough. 3.5 minutes is perfect.

I am going to try a second steep, but I’m already sold. This is gorgeous. It smells and ...

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Flowering Black Tea Cones from Mandala Tea

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 1st, 2014

Method: 3 cones, 8 oz, 185 degrees, grandpa style

Dry Leaf Aroma: Black tea, a little malt

Brewing Aroma: I recognize something, but I'm not sure what it is. Dang it.

Flavor: Smooth, malty, not bitter. I will brew these properly eventually, but I purchased them to take to work specifically for this style...

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geologyguy

(108 reviews)
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Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Chinese Red Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

53 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 1/5
Jun. 28th, 2014

courtesy of alex...steeped for a bit over 3 minutes...right in between the suggested times using full bag and teapot...first try just tasted like black tea to me....couldn't taste all the diverse flavors others did....strengthened it up afterwards...still doesn't taste much different to me...average :/

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SarsyPie

(119 reviews)
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Zhu Rong Yunnan Black from Verdant Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 26th, 2014

Method: 1.5 tsp, 8 oz, 205 degrees, 45 seconds, Forlife brew in mug strainer & Dr. Who mug

Dry Leaf Aroma: O. M. G. This is positively sublime. See how it made me use a word like "sublime"? It smells like roasty chocolate, malt, and roses. That's right. Roses.

Brewing Aroma: Very malty, but with a hint o...

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JGS1122

(104 reviews)
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Season's Pick Yunnan FOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 21st, 2014

Moderate earthy aroma upon opening the bag. Dark honey colored liquor. Good flavor. Nothing remarkable, good Yunan.

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SarsyPie

(119 reviews)
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Yunnan Breakfast Black from Simple Loose Leaf

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 12th, 2014

I wasn't terribly impressed with this one, but I'd drink it if it was around. Now that I am fancy enough to tell the difference between the two, I find that this was both bitter and astringent. I'll perhaps try this with a shorter steep time and see if that makes a difference.

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Yunnan Breakfast Black from Simple Loose Leaf

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 6th, 2014

he aroma of the dry leaves is a mix of pine resin, pepper, stewed cherries, and an aged oak cask. It smells like fruit, scotch, and smoke-less Lapsang Souchong. What an unusual tea!

This tea is brisk and strong! Breakfast blend is a perfect description because I am certainly awake now. The taste is a blend of molass...

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SarsyPie

(119 reviews)
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Bi Luo Chun Yunnan Black from Whispering Pines

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 2nd, 2014

Oh my. This is a good one! The dry tea leaves smell like malty cookies with a hint of jasmine. Malty Jasmine cookies! I want to bake some to go with this tea.

The brewed tea smells less floral and more sweetly malty. And the flavor... it's very sweet on its own, without any additives. I love that. It tastes m...

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Imperial Gold Bud Dian Hong from Whispering Pines

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 22nd, 2014

The dry aroma on this tea is really interesting. It smells malty, and there's a general roasty aroma. It smells like something I have smelled before, but I cannot place the aroma.

The tea steeps to a light yellow amber color and I taste the same malty/roasty type scents from the aroma.

It's a little pricey,...

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Yunnan Gold (Golden Yunnan) from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 29th, 2014

I really wish I tasted some of that pepper from the description.

This was brewed using boiling water for 6 min. The tea smells great before and after steeping, but it has a sharp taste that I don't appreciate.

I try to drink tea without sugar or milk, but it may be needed here. Toward the end of the cup, I star...

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Sylvia

(215 reviews)
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Yunnan Gold from Bare Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 25th, 2014

I don't like the aroma much - to me, it smells like raisins and cereal. It tastes good, but more fruity than I would like. It has a raisin-like flavor, too. I added cream and sugar.

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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Yunnan Gold from Bare Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 14th, 2014

This tastes a lot like other examples of high-quality Yunnan Gold teas that I've tried.

Pyramid sachets are very aromatic!

Upon brewing, produces a cup with numerous subtle aromas. I initially get caraway and rye in the aroma, but then vanilla and caramel. Underneath, there are cocoa tones. Flavor is extremel...

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Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Chinese Red Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 3rd, 2014

A fascinating tea, resembling caraway and rye crackers, but complex and smooth. This tea got my attention in an unusual way: most of the high-end Yunnan black teas are gold or pure gold variants, mostly or all tip. This tea had an all-dark leaf.

The dry leaf is very aromatic, with a peculiar aroma resembling caraw...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Chinese Red Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 27th, 2014

The aroma of this tea is fruity and sweet with a touch of spice and molasses. The brewed tea is also fruity but there cocoa notes as well. The liquid is honey sweet and fruity with cocoa notes.

The taste is quite fruity with strong tones of cocoa and honey. It is very tasty and I was able to get multiple steeps fro...

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Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea – Golden Tip from TeaVivre

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 24th, 2014

The aroma is a blend of roasted nuts, cocoa, and beets, it is quite savory rather than sweet. Brewing the tea brings out a fruity quality and sweetness along with the roasted nuts and cocoa quality.

The taste is quite bold and rich, it starts out with roasted nuts and dark chocolate, it has a dry mouth feel and a s...

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JGS1122

(104 reviews)
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Yunnan GFOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 2nd, 2014

My tea tastes are rather narrow. I rarely stray from Assam or Yunnan loose leaf. Trying this reminds me why I enjoy these types the best. Lovely "peppery" smell, beautiful liquor, and most important, excellent taste. Upton, in my opinion, never fails to deliver an excellent tea at a great price.

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Yunnan Jig from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 14th, 2013

The aroma of this tea is fairly delicate with notes of muscatel, oak, and summer berries. When brewed it takes a turn for the malty and stronger oak notes.

The taste is bright and clean with notes of muscatel, sweetness, and dark chocolate. It is a great afternoon tea.

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Yunnan Imperial Black from Single Origin Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 18th, 2013

The aroma of this tea is wonderfully sublime, woodsy, muscatel, and oaky like a wine cask. The brewed tea brings more earthiness and wood notes, the liquid is very sweet and makes my nose tingle.

The taste is wonderful! One of the smoothest black teas I have ever had. Sweet, earthy, and oaky. A wonderful tea.

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Yunnan Gold (Golden Yunnan) from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 18th, 2013

I thought this tea was great. I really liked the roasty smell, and thought it was a great tea for a cool fall morning.

I didn't notice a peppery smell or taste at all, so I feel like the description is deceiving.

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Jose Luis Denis

(116 reviews)
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Copper Knot Hongcha Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 16th, 2013

This tea isn´t stronger neither light to the palate, it serves when you have a company and tell or discuss some theme.

This tea have been discontinued for teavana, but I don´t miss this tea.

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E. Alex Gerster

(66 reviews)
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Golden Strand from Mandala Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 16th, 2013

I absolutely adore this tea. Wonderful amber color. Smooth Yunnan flavor with a sweet caramel taste being most prominent and a light spicy, peppery tone as a highlight. Does well with a short one minute steep for the first infusion, 2 minutes for the second, and 5 for the third.

It is a bit pricey, but worth every ...

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Black Pearl from Mandala Tea

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 16th, 2013

This is one of those teas that I first purchased a few years ago, and became one of my few go-to teas when I needed a bit of warmth and comfort. I know it is either in short supply or sold. At right now, but I was overjoyed to be able to add an ounce to my last order!

Complex, warm and soothing. This is great tea fo...

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