Chinese Breakfast Yunnan Black Tea

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Malt, Oak wood, Tobacco, Bark, Bitter, Musty, Raisins, Sweet, Wood
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From Numi Organic Tea

This noble tea is grown in the mist covered mountains of Yunnan province. What distinguishes this fine, organic black tea is its perfect sense of balance, exquisite tiger’s eye color, and a lean vibrancy which makes it suitable at any time of day. Like a complex wine, it is the perfect tea for food, marrying well with a wide variety of dishes. It has a distant and hard to place floral quality, yet it leaves the mouth tasting as clean as spring water. And it energizes the body and mind more harmoniously than the best of coffees. We are proud to bring you this high grade leaf.

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1183 tasting notes

Sipdown no. 86 of the year 2014. Four bags left. Four people in the house. Breakfast!

This is one of my “starter” teas that I’m really going to miss. It’s a Numi I’d consider stocking.

A few months ago I was at a pizza place near work and ordered iced tea to drink. The tea was incredibly tasty and asked what it was. It was this.

Wonderful, deep, malty, sweet flavor. Yum. Bumping the rating.

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429 tasting notes

Now I’m being surprised by a tea bag. This is really a very good yunnan tea. It has that raisiny sugar smell and is brisk and robust. I wouldn’t put this tea on the level of a Rishi or LeafSpa yunnan, but it is really good. I bought this to take on vacation and decided to try one. I found a very good price at T.J.Maxx.

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I really like this one too!

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578 tasting notes

1 bag for 250mL water, bare.

Got frustrated with the writing today and took a trip to a nearby mall, ending up in Winners, where I found some forlorn and battered boxes of Numi teabags. I bought the two boxes of “Numi’s Assortment,” mostly to get a few old faves in there; I adore Numi’s Aged Earl Grey and Monkey King Jasmine. A few others in there I really want to try, too.

To my surprise: one bag per box of Numi’s Chinese Breakfast Yunnan Black Tea. Oooh, a new China black tea to try.

Very good. Especially for a bagged tea. Bit of malt, faint bits of honey and smoke, and a nice pepper bite. Mineral finish. (I guess that’s what the Numi ad copy called “spring water” in the finish.) Refreshing. I love Yunnan black tea, and I really wish Numi was easier to find in NL. I will try to re-steep the bag, but my hopes aren’t high.

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Michelle Butler Hallett

Not a brilliant re-steep (7 minutes). Mostly mineral now with a bit of pepper. Much lighter in colour. The honey, malt and smoke are gone.


Ooh lucky you, i should check Winners here…

steeping some Yunnan Black Needles tea this very moment in fact

Michelle Butler Hallett

The box is worth it for just that one (!) bag.

Sigh. Drinking the Morning Rise this morning — a disappointment.

Where did you get our Black Needles?


It’s from DavidsTea – I emailed them to see if they would be getting any more at the store and they said no but offered to send some for me to pick up! I was way impressed :D

Michelle Butler Hallett

No faulting DT’s customer service. They recently replaced a 250g bag of Jumpy Monkey for me. (Yes, that’s 250 grams, half a pound.) I’m always impressed when I interact with them.

Good Black Needles is sooooooo nice. I’m more a fan of the Black Needles Yunnan from Stash. I found the DT’s version a bit flat in comparison. But that might have been an older batch. Mmm, peppery tea …


Can’t wait to try the stash version, then, since I (and everyone I give it to try) really love the DT version. Main reason I got it was that all the staff there said it was their favourite straight black .. they sold me on it!

Michelle Butler Hallett

Good Yunnan is a treasure.

Sipping some Stash Black Needles here while nibbing on a piece of 70% cocoa chocolate. Serious yum.

DT’s Black needles is not a bad tea — don’t get me wrong. And it has the distinct advantage of being easier to get, if you live near a bricks and mortar DT. Yunnan has that amazing ability to refesh even more quickly than good Indian teas — and believe me, I am a serious fan of India blacks. I just find the variety I get from Stash has more depth of flavour.

I’ve got some Organic Keemun Panda #1 here, too, for my local tea shop. Mmmm, tea …


That’s too funny, i was just nibbling on some 80% dark chocolate (love my cocoa) with my DT Keemun

Michelle Butler Hallett

Chortle. String and tag here, are we? :)

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3253 tasting notes

Mine & Tony’s favorite breakfast joint has the Numi Box, which has been depleted for weeks. We went to breakfast this morning, & they finally refilled it, so I had a few cups of this.

This is decent for a bagged tea, with enough of the yunnan taste & texture to satisfy. It also features an interesting light Shu-like aged straw essence, as if they mixed a little Shu in to give it some additional depth.


terri, i like the fact that you give teas a chance…. (sorry, couldn’t resist). i avoid bagged tea now. you are far more open than i am… i was out with mother the other day and she asked if i wanted tea and i politely replied in a whisper ‘no because what they have doesn’t even walk behind the ballpark of what i have in my stash at home.’ she died laughing.

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I try to give everyone, even teas, the benefit of the doubt James. I’ve actually drank this China Breakfast before, & although it won’t be found in my cupboard, I didn’t mind having a cup or 2, but then I wanted something better. I always carry my little steeper & at least one loose tea (today I actually had several with me, LOL). Others might be embarrassed, but I have no qualms about it. Most of the time I drink my own. Life is too short to drink crap, or to go without. I’ll even ask for a small dish to dump my spent tea leaves on too.


you are lovely!

Terri HarpLady

Why, thank you! :D

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1954 tasting notes

It’s not as earthy as a pu-erh, but I am getting some of those vibes. Straight up, no milk.

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2816 tasting notes

Picked some of this up on the way into work, nice to see Yunnan is available in a tea bag and it’s organic. I only had one little teabag for 16 oz of water but there was still a nice flavor here, smooth, rich and malty. I was able to sip on plain on the way to work without any added soymilk. More experiments are required. I might get some of this to take with me on my next airplane trip.

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1868 tasting notes

Wow, this is a really dark-looking, dense tea – almost like pu-erh in some respects. It tastes quick ‘thick’ if that makes any sense. It has quite a strong flavour that verges of being bitter, but I can distinctly taste the slightly smokey, tannic (leathery? malty?) flavour that all Yunnan teas seen to have. It’s quite smooth- tasting initially, but it’s at the end and a bit in the aftertaste where the bitterness comes in. It doesn’t have those sweet, cocoa notes that some Yunnans have, but it’s likeable despite its rough edges.

I can already tell that this is a good, morning kick in the arse tea. Lord knows I’m going to need it today.

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42 tasting notes

Has a smooth tobacco tone which reminds me of Celestial Seasonings’ Morning Thunder

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I love morning thunder….must try this.

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70 tasting notes

There’s a little Starbucks kiosk at my community college where the desperate may buy their sundry caffeine fixes and perhaps a sandwich (usually in exchange for a promissory note for future progeny). I got coffee there once and it cured me of ever wanting it again!

Anyway, I decided to see if they would sell me a cup of tea, since it’s pretty hard to screw up a tea bag and some hot water. There was a wall of Numi tea selections in there and I chose a breakfast tea, since I’ve never found a bad one of those. Steeping went a bit long—I was doing some homework and forgot to take it out!—but it wasn’t bitter. It wasn’t very strong, either, just pleasant, mellow, and inoffensive.

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It’s been a while since I’ve tried Numi, but this was a nice comeback. It’s a solid black tea that I can use for travelling when I don’t have my loose tea or if I don’t have the patience to make a loose black tea brew. Very smooth, not incredibly bold, and solid.

Overall: Good.

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