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Yunnan Breakfast

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4 ratings
Picture of Yunnan Breakfast
Brand:Rishi Tea
Style:Yunnan Red
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Yunnan, China
Loose/teabag:Sachet
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This tea's info last updated: Jun. 7, 2013

Commercial Description

Yunnan Breakfast is a pure Dian Hong style black tea harvested from Yunnan's antique tea trees.

Tasting Notes: A robust and flavorful taste profile that is rich and malty with subtle notes of chocolate.

Ingredients: Organic Fair Trade Certified™ black tea.

Brewing Instructions: (from Rishi Tea)

Water Temperature: 212°F
Leaf to Water Ratio: 1 tea bag per 8 ounces
Infusion Time: 4 minutes

Varying the water temperature isn't recommended, as water that is too hot will over-extract the bitter components of tea, while water that is too cool might not fully draw out the aromas and flavors of tea.

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57 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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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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73 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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I was expecting this tea, on the basis of its name, to be basically the same tea as Rishi's China Breakfast, as that tea also comes from Yunnan province. I don't know if it is a different tea, if it was simply a different batch that I tried, or if something about steeping it in a tea bag changed the character, but it tasted quite different to me.

The aroma of the tea is strongly fruity, and has a classic Yunnan character.

I found this tea to be quite a bit heavier, however, than the China breakfast I am used to. That tea is a little more clean and brews a lighter color.

I would brew more weakly than Rishi recommends. There is a lot of leaf in this tea bag, and 4 minutes is a long steeping time. I found this resulted in too much astringency for my taste.

I thought this tea was very reasonably priced for high-quality sachets. It's priced similarly to brands like Two Leaves and a Bud, and I think I would prefer this to any of their black teas, and it also has the organic and fair trade certification. Still, this seems pricey compared to Rishi's loose-leaf.
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73 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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I only had one bag of this, so I brewed it according to the instructions - straight off the boil and let steep for four minutes. Neither the leaves or the brewed tea had a very strong aroma. I'm not sure what to compare it to: it was something dark and faintly bitter smelling, but not like coffee or chocolate. More like some kind of tobacco.

The taste, however, was strong and pleasant. Brewing it according to the instructions produced a cup of tea that was intensely, intensely malty. That flavor nearly overwhelmed all others, though there was some bitterness and a little bit of tannin (though less than I would have expected for such a strong brewing).

I really like malty things, so I'm biased in favor of this tea. I found it strong, intense, and a great thing to drink early in the day. I felt good after finishing it. Relatedly, I happened to be eating a clementine when I tried the tea, and the two tastes went really well together.
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70 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
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The first time I brewed this tea, it had a dry aroma, but I liked it. Although it was a bit bitter, it was strong and full-bodied. The second infusion had a more flavorful and interesting aroma, and was less bitter, but still strong. I liked it better. I added cream and sugar.
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