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drank Yunnan Black Tea by Tea Dynasty
1258 tasting notes

Ugh, so apparently this is a Pu’erh blend as well?!? are ALL Yunnan’s like that? I thought it was a region, not a type of tea :(
Well it’s better than the one I had yesterday, possibly because I added milk, and when that wasn’t enough, some cream. and about triple the amount of agave I normally add, and I can still barely taste it- agave is potent stuff! apparently yunnan doesn’t take to sweeteners very nicely.
I had planned to share this with a friend, but it looks like I need to find another one to do that with because I don’t see anyone except pu’erh fans loving it…
That said, are there any steepsterites interested in a swap on this one? heck, forget the swap, I’ll just send it to you!

Now, about the flavours… it’s earthy, but not as much as other pu’erhs so perhaps that’s why it isn’t listed as such. The other notes remind me of a plain black tea, with a mild malty flavour. Call it an orange pekoe/pu’erh blend.
It smells earthy to, which I think is half of what turns me off. The other half emerges at that point where you’re about to swallow, that’s when I taste the earthy oddness. I wouldn’t say it’s unpleasant… more like my taste buds don’t know what to make of it.
Anyone ever tried a Bentonite cleanse? like that only a whole lot less intense.
Oh my goodness, I just realized that’s what it reminds me of!! ok now it’s not so bad. There is something comforting in recognizing it. Still, I’m offloading it to any takers…

aisling of tea

I’d be happy to take it off your hands!

Indigobloom

Sweet! you are in TO? I can meet up or send it to you…

aisling of tea

Sending it might be best, I don’t know when we’ll be downtown next!

ashmanra

I like yunnans, but they tend to give me tummy rumbles so I just don’t drink them! When I smell that peppery scent I know there is going to be growling bear noises. Oddly, pu-erhs don’t do that to me, even though they are usually made from yunnan tea.

Indigobloom

huh, now I know! I had no idea that yunnans were the base for pu’erhs. They taste very similar to me, which is strange cuz I thought the earthy taste was a product of the fermentation. hmmm
They make me feel ill as well, you aren’t alone there!

Angrboda

It is a region of China, it’s just a region that has a very distinctive flavour profile. :) But yes, from what I understand it’s also the birthplace of the pu-erh type.
To me, though, the Yunnan blacks and the pu-erhs aren’t that similar in flavour.

Indigobloom

double huh :)
I think maybe because I dislike it so much, I notice more of a similarity… they both taste very earthy to me, only the pu’erh is thicker and stronger in flavour

Angrboda

Isn’t that odd? :D But it totally illustrates why flavours can’t be discussed, only clarified, agreed or disagreed on. :)

ashmanra

I have to shorten my steep time on yunnans. When I sniff the leaves, peppery=rolling tummy noises. Don’t know why but I assumed it was because they believe most yunnan tea is assamica varietal, and Indian teas do the same to me so I guessed it was something about that varietal. On the other hand, if I eat a fatty meal and feel miserable, a cup or two of pu-erh usually perks me up. I prefer the ones that smell like a horse barn to the fishy ones, but I suspect my ou-erhs from Southern Season may not be as strong as some others. It doesn’t taste like the smell (thank goodness) and has a nice sweetness. It seems to do away with that yucky bloaty feeling.

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aisling of tea

I’d be happy to take it off your hands!

Indigobloom

Sweet! you are in TO? I can meet up or send it to you…

aisling of tea

Sending it might be best, I don’t know when we’ll be downtown next!

ashmanra

I like yunnans, but they tend to give me tummy rumbles so I just don’t drink them! When I smell that peppery scent I know there is going to be growling bear noises. Oddly, pu-erhs don’t do that to me, even though they are usually made from yunnan tea.

Indigobloom

huh, now I know! I had no idea that yunnans were the base for pu’erhs. They taste very similar to me, which is strange cuz I thought the earthy taste was a product of the fermentation. hmmm
They make me feel ill as well, you aren’t alone there!

Angrboda

It is a region of China, it’s just a region that has a very distinctive flavour profile. :) But yes, from what I understand it’s also the birthplace of the pu-erh type.
To me, though, the Yunnan blacks and the pu-erhs aren’t that similar in flavour.

Indigobloom

double huh :)
I think maybe because I dislike it so much, I notice more of a similarity… they both taste very earthy to me, only the pu’erh is thicker and stronger in flavour

Angrboda

Isn’t that odd? :D But it totally illustrates why flavours can’t be discussed, only clarified, agreed or disagreed on. :)

ashmanra

I have to shorten my steep time on yunnans. When I sniff the leaves, peppery=rolling tummy noises. Don’t know why but I assumed it was because they believe most yunnan tea is assamica varietal, and Indian teas do the same to me so I guessed it was something about that varietal. On the other hand, if I eat a fatty meal and feel miserable, a cup or two of pu-erh usually perks me up. I prefer the ones that smell like a horse barn to the fishy ones, but I suspect my ou-erhs from Southern Season may not be as strong as some others. It doesn’t taste like the smell (thank goodness) and has a nice sweetness. It seems to do away with that yucky bloaty feeling.

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50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

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