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Alex Zorach

(1331 reviews)
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Yunnan Loose Tea from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 19th, 2017

This was one of the most classic examples of a Dian Hong or black tea from Yunnan, that I have tried in a long time.

The dry leaf is rich in golden tips, looking a little more greenish and silvery than in the company's picture. It smells mild but very pleasant and complex, with smoky and fruity notes typical of a Y...

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decadeoftea

(3 reviews)
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Imperial Pure Bud Yunnan Black Tea of Simao from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

95 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 10th, 2017

I have had this tea in 2016 and now this year. It has a strong aroma with hints of sugar. It also has a sweet flavor and great mouthfeel.

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JGS1122

(54 reviews)
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Yunnan Black Dragon Pearls from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 12th, 2017

Nice amber colored liquor. Subtle aroma and flavor. The 'pearls' open up during steeping. Would not be my first choice if I wanted a 'strong' Yunnan. Very enjoyable.

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Teuvo

(53 reviews)
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Yunnan Flowery Orange Pekoe from Simon Lévelt

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 4th, 2017

This tea smells similar to Simon Lévelt's Ruhuna Orange Pekoe. The leaves are more colourful, with many golden tones, but the aroma has a similar strong dried fruit quality. However, I don't think I'd describe it as plums, exactly. Raisins come to mind, or rather, a kind of spicy raisin cake.

The liqueur tastes ver...

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Plowboy

(12 reviews)
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China Yunnan from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 2nd, 2017

This came in my second order from Mark T. Wendell. It looks nice in the tin, dark brown and gold mixed together. It has a pleasant faint smell. After steeping for 4 minutes it produces a deep red color. The aroma remains faint. The taste is smooth and very good with a peppery component that others have mentioned. It's ...

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Difflugia

(51 reviews)
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Organic Black Tea from Golden Sail Brand

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 16th, 2017

The teabags in the box are standard style bags filled with 2g of fannings and sealed in clear plastic. Opening the pouch releases a dry, earthy, leafy aroma. Adding hot water intensifies the aroma and adds a note of sweetness that wasn't present in the dry leaves.

Because the tea in the bags is cut so fine, it steep...

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Ancient Golden Yunnan from Rishi Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 18th, 2017

While somewhat broken, the dry tea is in relatively large pieces and the golden tips that the style is known for are apparent. The aroma is malty with notes of raisins.

While brewing, the tea smells wonderful. The maltiness is pronounced, but tannic, leafy and perhaps mineral elements are also present.

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Organic Golden Monkey Black Tea from Prince of Peace

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Yunnan, China

96 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 26th, 2017

This tea is absolutely sublime, but has a price tag to match.

I was wandering around Chicago's Chinatown yesterday looking for interesting tea and saw a display of Prince of Peace's premium "gift box" teas. At $19.99 for 150g, I was worried that the quality wouldn't match the price, but decided to try it anyway. I w...

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JGS1122

(54 reviews)
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ZY83D China Yunnan Rare Grade from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 5th, 2017

Great Yunnan. Wonderful aroma, smooth mellow taste. Amber liquor. This was a good choice.

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Golden Yunnan Black Tea (Sachets) from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 18th, 2016

Strong flavor and aroma. Delightful Yunnan. I bought these for dining out. When I go out for breakfast, I take some of these along. I enjoy this tea and find it much more flavorful than the national brand the restaurant offers.

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amaranto

(2 reviews)
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Imperial Pure Bud Yunnan Black Tea of Simao from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 16th, 2016

Appearance: The dry leaf is intact, curled, and often intertwined with other leaves, making it hard to easily separate. The leaf is pure bud covered in a light golden-orange down that comes off on the fingers when handled without care. Some of the underlying dark-brown leaf is visible closer to the non-terminal end of ...

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b22johansen

(44 reviews)
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Qianjiazhai Wild Picked Black from Verdant Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 9th, 2016

This was a wonderful black tea. Overall it was very mellow, mild, and smooth.

I steeped this near boiling, around 200 degrees, in my gaiwan with 5g of tea. The first infusion brought forth a light orange liquor with a light black tea taste and hints of chocolate. It is almost sweet with no astringency. The aroma is...

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Alex Zorach

(1331 reviews)
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Yunnan Golden Tips from Harney and Sons

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 8th, 2016

This tea is really strange. I enjoy it most when I don't think of it as a black tea, and I still don't know exactly how I feel about it. I disagree with Harney's assertion that this is "vigorously assertive": to me it lacks the strength and punch of a black tea, and in many respects is more like an oolong or even a m...

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JGS1122

(54 reviews)
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Yunnan FOP select ZY30 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 21st, 2016

Tasty Yunnan. Good aroma, nice flavor.

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Alex Zorach

(1331 reviews)
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Tippy Yunnan from Harney and Sons

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 16th, 2016

I thought this an excellent tea and it is definitely among my favorite Dian Hong or Yunnan Red (black teas) that I've ever sampled. It's one of many samples I recently ordered from Harney & Sons.

I chose this for a very cold morning, because I find Yunnan teas to often have a powerful warming quality, and I found i...

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KWhite

(1 review)
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Yunnan Noir from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2015

This tea is rich and bold with slightly sweet fruity smell and taste. I would say the most prominent taste comparison would be cinnamon or allspice. It reminds me a little of Italian super Tuscans.

I have tried many of the Adagio black teas and this and the black pearls are my two favorite.

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JGS1122

(54 reviews)
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China Yunnan from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 12th, 2015

Dark amber liquor. Subtle peppery aroma. Good choice for anyone looking for a excellent Yunnan.

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Yunan Mao Jian ZY24D from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 29th, 2015

Intense aroma, not as strong as a Pu Erh. Rich brown color to the liquor. Mild flavor.

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Total Amateur

(16 reviews)
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China Breakfast from Rishi Tea

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 8th, 2015

With many Chinese teas I find the bitterness to be somewhat overwhelming, but while this tea has some definite bitterness, it is pretty smooth and not at all unpleasant. It's a strong tea with a mild grassy aroma. Very astringent. A bit of a sour aftertaste. On the second steeping when the bitterness was significantly ...

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levers

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

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 4th, 2015

I like this tea, at least when I give it a good week or so between tastings. I'm not sure why I get sick of it, but I do. I think it's the leaf-pile scent that remains after my nose gets used to the sweet and fruity aromas.

With that confession off my chest, let me stress that this is a quality tea with a lots of c...

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Alex Zorach

(1331 reviews)
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Golden Monkey from The Meaning of Tea

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Yunnan, China

37 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Mar. 23rd, 2015

This was the worst example of Golden Monkey that I've tried, and the worst example of any golden Chinese black tea. I thought it quite awful and I poured it out without drinking much of it.

The dry leaf is beautiful, and has a very intense aroma of cooked fruit, like raspberry jam. The leaf has a slight dusty qual...

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Golden Monkey from Octavia Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 19th, 2014

A pleasant, drinkable tea, but on the boring side. I usually associate the name "Golden Monkey" with golden, all-tip black teas from Fujian province, not Yunnan. This tea is from Yunnan.

Dry leaf is very pleasantly aromatic, suggesting dried fruit, and a slight hint of malt.

Brews up a beautiful, light brown cu...

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Dian Hong Congfu from Joseph Wesley Black Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 27th, 2014

Dry leaf has beautiful, intact wiry leaf with golden tips, and a mild aroma of rye malt and fruit.

The brewed cup is very dark, but not as aromatic as I'd like. The aroma is mostly fruity, and also suggests rye malt, but the aroma is weak, and the flavor is also somewhat weak. Although this tea is smooth, I think ...

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Ancient Yunnan from Octavia Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 22nd, 2014

Sampled in Velvet Sky Bakery in Jenkintown.

A smoother-than-average Yunnan black tea (Dian hong) with a classic character, slightly nondescript, but with a hearty, warming quality that makes it very pleasant to drink. Not quite as mind-blowingly awesome or weird as some of the ancient-tree Yunnan teas I've had, but...

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Brytta Sóþword

(293 reviews)
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Yunnan Breakfast from Rishi Tea

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 1st, 2014

Pleasant for a black tea, not bitter, and seems to be of good quality, but it tastes pretty ordinary to me. Black tea isn't my favorite, but I like trying them to see what I'll find. I added milk and this improved it a bit. I don't have anything negative to say about this tea, but it isn't really for me.

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