Popular Teas from Yunnan SourcingSee All 261 Teas
Recent Tasting Notes
I’ve been enjoying this final tasty malty cup. Now I need to load up to go play a gig, a christmas concert at the library.
BTW, I know this is shameless self promotion, but if you are a fan of Holidaze music & lullabies, with elements of new age, classical, & jazz, stop by my website & check out my Christmas CD, MidWinter’s Canon. CDs also make great gifts!
No notes yet. Add one?
Big Golden Hairy Buds!
What does it sound like I’m describing to you? Some kind of homegrown?
I think this is one of the teas I’m going to be sending to my BBB sisters this month. Maybe. It brews up a nice mellow Dian Hong, with that thick kind of mouth. I haven’t tried a gongfu session with it yet, but I plan to. Not as fancy as The Golden Fleece or Mojiang Golden Bud, but very nice just the same & the buds are huge!
Tried water at 165F, 180F and 190F on three separate occasions. Each time, I rinsed the tea for 10 seconds & poured out the first infusion, then added water again and steeped for 30 seconds. No matter what I did, this tea smelled of oil paints (linseed oil, perhaps?) and tasted like it smelled. Subsequent infusions weren’t much better, though I finally got a bit of honey-like flavor with a bit of light, sweet fruitiness when I used 195F water on about the third infusion.
This tea was so horrid that it must be something I’m doing wrong or my taste buds were completely out of whack the three days I tried it. Any suggestions for brewing this tea would be greatly appreciated!
Lovely, deep red/orange broth with a sensual, dark aroma of malt, fruit and raw cacao. Taste is also dark and sensual with a thick, dark, malty taste like a good stout beer but without any bitterness at all, as well as a light fruit and raw cacao flavor. The second infusion was not quite as thick but still very round and lush, the malty goodness was still there, as well as the taste of fruit and raw cacao nibs. The third steeping was left for close to two minutes and I was rewarded with an aroma and taste that was just as thick and lush as the first infusion but brighter and with even more raw cacao taste and aroma added to the fruit, though the malt overtones were much less foreward but still there. The fourth infusion was much lighter, even after steeping for three and a half minutes, but still just as delicious. A fifth infusion was weak, even after five minutes, so I let it steep until cold and it made a very nice cold tea.
This was actually the first ‘real’ tea (non-flavored) I’ve ever bought and I bought it via Amazon.com. I loved it so much that I went to Yunnan Sourcing’s site and bought more immediately.
I’m gonna go ahead and say it… Raisinetes! Or maybe more like chocolate covered apricots or golden raisins… Good dry Sherry… Silky texture, slightly viscous mouthfeel, long sweet finish. This gets my current “favorite black tea” award! Brewed 2g in a small gaiwan. Quick 4 second rinse then combined the next 5 infusions in a mug. Inf. times: 25s,35s,50s,70s,100s
Not available from Yunnan Sourcing at the moment; sourced from Grandness Tea on AliExpress.
Over the past week I have been sipping on two lovely “dark teas” (both are new to me) – this one and a 2012 Supreme Purple Bud Raw Puer Mini Cake (8g).
This is a highly enjoyable find! Gong Ting fermented in an orange rind and it is delicious. The first 2-3 steeps are a bit strong with a pleasant astringency but the later steepings are more mellow – very enjoyable cups from the first to the last. If you break up a bit of the rind with the tea leaves, you can adjust the flavor to match your individual preferences. I find the orange flavor to be quite subtle and the leaf itself is of a good quality. Each orange package weighs 22-24 grams so it’s good for four different sessions (each session with many resteeps).
I drank this all afternoon while I was practicing. I set up a little table next to my harp, with my new bamboo tea tray (from Mandala) & electric kettle, thus combining 2 of my 3 favorite things (Music & Tea. The third thing is food). I put 7g of leaf in my little 4oz blue lotus porcelain tea pot. The first steep was 15 sec, adding 15 sec to each subsequent steep. This went on for about 4 hours. Those leaves just kept giving, reminding me of bee pollen & cream.
You can see my setup at https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak
Not sure if I have the 2012 or 2013 since it came as an unlabeled freebie. Was really kinda nasty when it first arrived (from the overpoweringly pungent chrysanthemums, not the puerh), but after airing out for a few months it’s starting to settle down and get drinkable, and after aggressive rinsing it’s actually surprisingly nice. Sweet, and kind of a medicinal and spicy sort of flavor. After cursing this tiny brick (and it is tiny, that 100g is so densely compressed) for completely stinking up my entire YS order on it’s long journey here, I’m now actually enjoying its existence and looking forward to its future, so long as it promises to stay far far away from my other tea (and from my yixing).
This tea is delicious!
It has a smooth & bright mouth to it, & the flavor is sweet, with a chocolate & honeyed essence, and nicely rich but clean taste, if that makes sense.
1TB + my mug (12 oz?) X 3min/5min resteep
I keep planning to give this one the gongfu treatment, but once again I’m just drinking it in the mug.
1Tb + 3 min (re-steep 5min)
This is a very smooth & complex tea, with a satisfying taste & body, a sweet taste that in some ways reminds me of the sugar cane taste of a good Dian Hong, but with a clarity & vibe of a sheng.
This is delicious!
It isn’t super chocolaty, or crazy malty, or anything like that.
It’s just a really nice cup of tea, rich & smooth. I’ve been drinking it all morning, & I’ve been really enjoying it.
Sometimes I don’t need a tea to be over the top awesome, I just need it to be really really good, & to taste like tea. This tea has floral elements, & a sweet fruitiness, and a bready maltiness, all in a one honest cup, & it resteeps well too.
I’m sorry this will be a lame review, not because the tea isn’t delicious, but because I can’t really think of anything to say!
It is another very nice yunnan, very tasty, with that thick sort of mouth that I love. I promise to say more next time :)
Now this is more like it!
The lovely rich aroma that reminds me of Bee Pollen…sigh…
The buttery sweet sugarcane flavor…sigh…
Great taste and nice lingering qualities. I’ve always been enamored with YiWu raw puerhs. There is such an unmistakable fragrance and taste that come from this region. I know that could be said for most all teas, but this one is very easy for me to pick out.
The leaves are whole and complete, not broken up. The cake has a medium tightness, which allows for easy prying off of the desired amount for brewing. I got a deeper and brighter cup by stretching my normal 5sec brewing, to 12sec in my gaiwan. Very nice tea and the cost for a whole cake is very wallet friendly. It could easily sell for 50% or more for the quality you receive.
Very smoky and savory, with a thicker broth-like feel in the mouth. This one is already starting to change its character from when I first purchased it several months back. Very unique purple leaf, not as tangy as some. Very mature and nice chaqi. Seems to be one that will be special as it ages. We shall see.
Tea of the morning here — thanks to Terri for sending this!
I feel like I am coming down with a cold so I decided to stay at home today, take care of myself and drink a lot of tea. It’s always appropriate to drink a lot of tea anyway.
The thing that first struck me about this tea was the aroma, intense like honey, malt and buckwheat. Very nice! I love the look of the light curly leaves. Reminds me a bit of a golden monkey tea but it’s got light, fruity apricot type flavors. I like this a lot and I plan to gongfu it when I feel like my tastebuds are more back to normal.
I drank this one earlier today while I was practicing, but at this point in the day, I can’t really say that much about it. I know I enjoyed it, & it had a thick maltiness to it. I brewed it western style, but next time I hope to take my time with it, doing multiple short steeps.
Ah, after finishing the black bi lou chun i turned to some higher quality tea. The leaf is ong needles, yellowish and black. The smell is very malty.
6g / 220ml zhuni yixing.
1m @ 80C
2m @ 90C
consequitive steepings so leaf doesnt cool in between.
first cup was divine. loads of honey blended with some malty chocolate. no astringany at all.
Second cup was less sweet and more malty. Very nice strenght.
This is a tea i will be sure to restock come spring.
Sipdown. Backlog from yesterday.
This tea has been my pregym companion for some time. A good black yunnan that is as close to a “table tea” as it gets. not super quality but comforting. However since there is lots of better yunnan blacks i will not be restocking. Farewell!
I hope nobody will be offended, but I updated this tea’s page, which originally had “Spring 2011” on it, because there were only 2 other posts, both for the 2012 version, & I’m posting on the Spring 2013 version.
For those familiar with Golden Fleece, the leaf of this tea has that sturdy texture. The leaves are the opposite of fluffy, a much hardier type of material, that reminds me of grasshopper legs or something. The colors are rich caramel, gold, & streaks of charcoal.
The dry aroma is rich & malty, and for this first experiment I did 2 western style steepings at 3 min with resteep at 5 min. It was a nice cup, malty, a little sweet, & a little pepper, but honestly, I don’t think my steeping parameters did the tea justice, so next time it will be gongfu sessions for sure.
This was the free sample that Yunnan Sourcing sent me with my last order: an entire cake of this tea! It is very densely packed, but I managed to chisel some off, going with short steeps in my tiny porcelain teapot.
I don’t really have much to say about it yet, it was a little bitter, but drinkable. I probably over-leafed. I’m gonna experiment with it further, and then get back to you.
5g / 90ml celadon gaiwan with water from tetsubin.
This tea has a very distinct flavour. a subtly smoky sweetnes with some maltiness. 5g was on the shy side. Next time ill use more leaf, i like this tea on the heavy side!
mmmm thanks for sharing this one terri! I think that i’ll have to look into placing an order with yunnan sourcing in the new year. I’ve enjoyed the few that terri has shared with me so i think a few more samples are likely in order :)