The long, bold leaves of Yunnan Fancy contain many blonde tips. Rich, spicy taste coupled with an elusive floral aroma.
Southern China’s Yunnan province borders Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar, and the tea fields of Assam in India are just to the West. Yunnan is generally regarded as the birthplace of the tea plant and the province contains eighty percent of all known varietals of camellia sinensis. Yunnan Fancy is made from the broad-leafed variety known as Dayeh, an ancient variety that grows only in this province. In spite of the long pedigree of Yunnan teas, the current style F.O.P. black tea types have only been produced for the last 60 years or so. Yunnan Fancy has a full body and rich flavor, and it is a popular tea with the people who work at Peet’s. While the aroma is toasty, floral, and woodsy, the flavor is honey-sweet with firm fruity and spicy notes.