Yunnan Jig

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 g 11 oz / 312 ml

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  • “Mmmm. I think that TeaEqualsBliss said that this was bold yet comforting, and she’s exactly right. This is my first Yunnan tea. The dry leaves themselves smell a bit peppery, and they’re a really...” Read full tasting note
  • “This was the first Yunnan that I had ever tasted and immediately became one of my favourites. I owe my love of Yunnan blacks to this tea. I still have a little bit of this to finish off and it’s...” Read full tasting note
  • “This is the last of my stash. I have been thinking about making a purchase from Adagio because I have so many credits there…but have been trying to wait for some new stuff. Anyone know of any...” Read full tasting note
  • “Halloween party tonight and what better way to make sure I’m bright and awake? I think I used a bit too much dry leaf because it has a slightly bitter aftertaste but oddly enough it almost seems...” Read full tasting note

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Black tea from the Yunnan region of China. Yunnan tea is easily identified by its luscious soft leaves, and a unique peppery taste. It is a very forgiving tea; will not taste bitter when over-steeped. Yunnan tea is arguably the most underrated of Chinese varieties. If you have yet to try it, we would recommend it highly. The ‘Yunnan Jig’ would make a great introduction.

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Drank this as an after dinner treat with almond wafers – the smooth earthiness was just right.

Curse Adagio and their samplers! I like all of the teas in their black sampler, and am beginning to panic now that I am getting low on a number of them. How to choose what to order next?


I run into the same problem with samplers. Damn the sample sets! DAMN ALL THE SAMPLE SETS!


MOAR samplers? ;)

Cynthia Carter

Yes, I could buy more samples, but . . . it makes me feel like such a tea tramp.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I heart samplers.


Bah, think of it as free (tea) love. ;)

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Additional notes: I wanted a peppery yunnan today, and this was the one I could think of. This tea is DELICIOUS. Possibly one of my favorite black teas. I finished off this harvest today… it’s so old yet retains so much flavor.

Does anyone know how well Adagio keeps their harvests consistent? Does the new harvest of Yunnan Jig still taste like the older harvests? Or if anyone has any concrete experiences with multiple harvests of ANY of the Adagio teas, I’d love to hear. There are a few I’ve tried that I would love to order again (Jane Austen’s mafia, Reichenbach Recovery, hazelnut, tiger eye, vanilla black, mambo, black dragon pearls, yunnan gold, caramel black…).

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We got the Adagio sampler with that cute little tea pot thing-mah-jig in it. There is a small book too. I think I was mostly attracted to the pictures in it. Any who on to the tea.

If all yunnans are like this one then I like them. Nice smooth tea to keep around for those days when you don’t want to challenge your brain or tongue. That almost sounds like an insult. Perhaps, I should say a comforting tea. A hint of malt or grain with your honey like sweetness should go a long way after a hard day. There is a moderately thick mouth feel to it. While not super impressive, it’s a good solid tea to keep around.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My first pot of this yesterday I steeped for 5 minutes. I think I should have steeped a bit longer though. The golden-amber liquor was malty and sweet but a bit light-bodied compared to my last experience with this tea.

The second pot though was definitely steeped long enough. I doubt anyone would say that 45 minutes was NOT long enough. Entertaining a 3 year old and a six month old does that to your sense of time unfortunately. Thankfully this is a very forgiving tea, although I wasn’t expecting it to taste even better than the first pot. My eyes went as big as quarters at the first sip and I’m afraid the 17oz of tea did not last very long! It was sweet, malty, and mellow with a bit of a honey taste and a buttery mouth feel with only a hint of astringency in the aftertaste.

200 °F / 93 °C

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I adore Adagio’s Yunnan Noir, and now that I’m out for the time being, I’m making due with their other two Yunnans that are in my cupboard, Jig and Gold. Yunnan Gold is actually the first Yunnan of theirs that I tried and loved. Yunnan Jig is one that I’ve neglected, mainly because it’s the cheapest/lowest quality of the three. But it’s still good, and still has all of those great Yunnan qualities – the slight earthiness, the cocoa taste, and the peppery spikiness on the tongue.


i haven’t tried this yet, but i might think about ordering a sample next time. I adore their yunnan noir, though.


Bethany, what is the biggest difference you taste between the different grades? Bitterness? Amount of cocoaness? Earthiness? I’ve never had yunnan before, so I’m curious as to which one I should try :)


@Shanti Hmm. They are all similar but very different, as well. Yunnan Jig is definitely the least cocoa-ful of the three and has more of an earthiness to it than the others. Yunnan Gold is the most peppery with a slight cocoa aftertaste and some earthiness. And Yunnan Noir is almost exclusively cocoa-tasting, with very little earthiness or aftertaste.

None of the three are bitter at all. They’re all very smooth – the pepper taste is the only thing that could be conceived as “bitter.”


Oh okay. I think I’m going to go for the Yunnan Noir, then! I also want to try the Black Dragon Pearls, and compare it to the Yunnan Noir. I’ve read that it’s also supposed to be earthy and cocoa-y. :)

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98 tasting notes

Smells a little earthy and musty with a hint of Chili pepper. Wet the leaves smell like soggy noodles. There is very little astringency and it is very smooth and light in the mouth. I probably could either use more leaf or steep it longer.

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Chili pepper YUM!


More leaf. Longer steeps are too malty and become bitter.

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This is ever-so-slightly smoky, and it’s probably the highest amount of smoky that I can tolerate. I don’t know why I don’t like smoky teas. I guess it just always reminds me of meat or something. I never liked much smoky meat, and having not eaten any meat in over 8 years, it just… isn’t a taste I like. I do like the occasional bit of smoky cheese, though… Go figure.

I like this tea. The reviews imply that it’s not quite what a Yunnan should/could be, so I would be interested in trying another. It’s a nice contrast to my usual sorts of tea.

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over steeped this :( i can finally taste the pepperyness of this now though. i think i like it stronger. i was looking for a cup of something boring and un flavored, but i didnt get it lol. this tea is always interesting when i have it. it has subtle differences each time and i look forword to the next new thing that this tea pops up for me :)

Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

WOW! If this is only a 1st infusion you definitely oversteeped this. lol Just use more leaf next time.


o yeah i did i can taste it more and more and i drink it. it isnt bitter at all though which is nice. i gotta try and not get myself distracted when i make this :p


NOT bitter? at 6.5 min how the heck did you manage that one? Just seeing the time made my stomach churn lol!


i added sugar lol it was a preemptive strike so i wouldn’t waste it :) usually the sugar wont make the bitterness go away it just makes it tolerable. i wonder if my water wasnt hot enough or i was just really lucky


If I make my tea too bitter, I just steep the leaves again but I cut the time and mix the two steepings together. It usually balances it out.


ooo ill have to try that! especially with my strawberry that one gets way too bitter and no matter how much sugar i add its still gross


Yes, endless subtle differences.
Ricky, that’s tricky business! Living on the edge.

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131 tasting notes

This is a real classic Yunnan tea. Rich and savory flavor, with a slight cocoa powder finish. Earthy and spicy and soft, smooth, creamy mouthfeel and finish. Adagio has a variety of Yunnan teas, some that are higher rated and higher priced, but this is probably my favorite. It is beautiful to see the mixture of gold and black leaves, and the aroma of dry leaves, wet leaves and liquor are all quite nice. Just a touch of peppery flavor and it brews up well in a teapot, gaiwan or gong fu style. A really nice experience for newcomers to loose and/or Yunnan teas.

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141 tasting notes

This tea has a pleasant earthy taste that is also somewhat malty. The earthiness reminds me of the puerh I tried, except that this is much more pleasant. Not my favorite, and I probably wouldn’t buy it again, but pleasant enough.

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