Yunnan Noir

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Black Tea
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Fruity, Honey, Malt, Sweet, Wet Earth, Cocoa, Earth, Pepper, Smoke, Spices, Toasted, Dark Chocolate, Metallic, Molasses, Roast nuts, Yams, Grain, Wood
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 10 oz / 303 ml

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Yunnan is a region in China known for growing large-leaf tea. High mountains covered by mist, clean water and rich soil form ideal growing conditions and contribute to the unique flavor of Yunnan black tea. The Yunnan Noir is a hand-rolled version of this famous variety, with tightly rolled leaves into a “black snail” shape. The aroma is sweet with hints of honey and fruit. To the palate it is red wine-like with notes of fruit and cocoa and reveals an intense depth of character with each beguiling sip.

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So I am in the “happy” position of having the course schedule of dumb. Specifically, on Tuesdays, I currently have class from 9-10 am and then 3-9pm. THREE TO NINE WTF.

I may drop one of the courses, but it will, sadly, not be the one that ends at nine.

Anyway, a day like that requires LOTS of tea, currently I am carrying Yunnan Noir with me (little known fact: just hot water from the coffee carts costs 5 cents, and bringing your own container gives a 5 cent discount, and therefore…—A WITCH—, I mean FREE TEA while I’m on campus!) It is serving well, so far, but it is a little…dry. Not to mention there is the whole finicky about steeping time thing. Not the ideal tea for a busy day, really. Oh well!


I have a schedule of dumb on tuesdays too – work at a university 9-5 then attend another university 6-8:40 – ow ow ow!


ick, you win this one I think. although “win” is kind of a strong word…


We had a word that we used to use in our knitting group when attempting a really hard pattern – dumbitious. (dumb + ambitious) Yep, that’s my schedule! Totally dumbitious.


That is an awesome word! I am stealing it.


Dumbitious. Taking on (let me count the folders on my desk) six major writing assignments all due before the end of the year… no, wait … seven; the paperwork hasn’t arrived yet …


Oh yes, dumbitious is perfect, and I too am stealing it for my own nefarious purposes.

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335 tasting notes

Sipdown. Infusion number one before I head off to work.

(Edit several hours later)

So I did like 2.5? teaspoons of this in ~2 cups of boiling water. Didn’t let it steep quite as long this time, maybe 4 to 5 minutes.


It was so good, when I drank it at work I had to stop and close my eyes for a moment, even though I was drinking it out of the traveling cup that tends to taste like dishwasher detergent. All of the right amount of malty and none of the wrong amount of mushroomy. This is how it’s done. Having a second infusion tonight as I practice my bass. A great way to finish off this sample I’ve had kicking around for a few months.

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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300 tasting notes

Tea of the morning (my that seems so long ago) shared with the husband, thanks to Michelle! A decent black tea, not astringent, nothing offensive, held up to three infusions but no shining qualities either, except perhaps the cute comma shaped leaves. Husband said it mostly tasted like tea, but he could tell it was a Yunnan, that may be progress, or he might have just been saying that. It didn’t have strong sunshine and buttery toast qualities that I associate with the better Yunnan blacks, but then again I was drinking it with toast and butter so perhaps it got lost ;)

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911 tasting notes

Okay, I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority here, but I love Adagio’s new bags. They are cute and I like the feel of them and even the samples are resealable. I don’t know about everyone else, but I have a big box filled with empty tea tins – I don’t need more of them to clutter up my pantry. Yay for bags!

And yay for cute little leaves! These are little black and gold not-quite-pellets and smell malty and fruity sweet and possibly a little cocoa-y. The leaves unfurl easily while steeping and brew into a pretty dark liquid. Mmm, that smells very rich, sweet, smooth and malty.

Maybe my taste buds are wonky because everything is tasting sweet to me. Or maybe I’m just gravitating towards sweeter teas… Anyway, this one definitely tastes sweet. Sweet with a hint of grain (barley-ish?), smooth, a little bright fruity (plum? fig? blackberry?) on the front, a tiny hint of toasty on the end. It’s a very smooth tea that is surprisingly mild. The aftertaste really seems to stick around which makes the mildness of the next sip surprising. As it cools, a little astringency builds up but only to the ‘refreshing’ level, not the ‘uncomfortable’ or ‘unpleasant’ and makes the toasty want to turn into smoky (though it doesn’t quite make it there). And my empty cup is giving me whiffs of hot chocolate, which is interesting since I didn’t really pick up any cocoa notes in the taste.

This is actually very pleasant. Definitely recommended to anyone that likes the smoother Panyang or Fuijian type teas. (Yes, I know, Yunnan Noir is the name, but it’s so fruity sweet and smooth that I can’t help but associate it mentally with Panyang or Fuijian teas, just a slightly stouter version of them.)

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Well, I don’t know if it’s all that strange to make the comparison, myself! The Golden Monkey you sent me to try (which I now own, yay) has some qualities that are very strongly like those in the Emperor’s Gold I have a tin of.

Maybe one of the people on steepster with seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of tea processing methods and history can illuminate the reasons for this. I’m looking at you, Thomas Smith. ^.-


Hahah – I was thinking of the same need for encyclopedic knowledge! :)
I suppose ultimately they are all Chinese blacks so it’s not surprising there is some similarity? I just tend to think of Yunnans as being a little stouter/bolder and this one is milder and sweeter than I would anticipate. Of course, a year ago when I got fruity notes from a Yunnan, I thought I had stored it wrong (next to a fruit-flavored tea). So who’s to say my ideas now aren’t as off as that idea was? (And yay for Golden Monkey!)

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This was my first cup of the day, and it’s actually pretty good!
It’s got that deep dark bready chocolatey maltiness that I love first thing in the morning (and really anytime of day). A drank it in bed with the Love of my life. A perfect start to a perfect goof off day.

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355 tasting notes

This one couldn’t brew fast enough. It is 2 degrees here in Chicago with -15 degree wind chills, so as soon as I got to work I pretty much ran to the water dispenser. This is definitely one of my all-time favorite teas. I love all Yunnan blacks for their peppery taste, but I love the red wine and sweet cocoa qualities in this one. I could drink it everyday.

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767 tasting notes

squiggle ropes. ANOTHER very very pretty tea.
hand-rolled and elegant. i need to buy a small glass globe necklace or something. so i can wear a little tea around my neck sometimes.
for me, this tea is mellow upfront. even the scent is just slightly malty. then it turns into a warmer flavor, maybe that’s the chocolate notes? ending with a little dry aftertaste, which i like.
gentle and dark. that’s my short hand.

i’m really glad i have a lot more to try of this sample from TastyBrew. i’m gonna try to wrangle my ADHD boyfriend’s attention for long enough to have him notice the leaves as they steep. cuz this is another one of the teas i’ll have to keep an eye on before he drinks it all up in a blink.


A tea necklace! What a pretty idea! I have a pendant that looks a little like an upside down bulb from the TARDIS that has glitter in it. Something similar would be neat with a flowery tea in it.


Oh man tea necklaces would be awesome!,default,pd.html Something like these might work :)


omg those vials are a pretty good option and probably very inexpensive. i definitely need to go to the craft store this weekend. (if i find an economical way to do this i’ll start adding them to every tea swap box i just know it!)

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318 tasting notes

This tea is good. It’s one of my first experiences with a Yunnan, and I really like it. I poured it out of the sample package, and the leaves are tightly rolled, shiny and almost snail-shaped. I steeped a few pinches in a paper tea filter. It’s the first time I’ve used a paper filter, and the first time I’ve tried this tea, so I suppose I wouldn’t be able to tell if I was getting paper flavor in my tea, but I don’t think I do.

This is a black I really like. It’s almost a heavy sort of mouthfeel, like it’s solid. There’s a bit of noticible astringency, but it’s not too strong. At the beginning, it almost reminded me of coffee, and as it cooled I’m starting to get some more cocoa notes in here. It’s very smooth.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Definitely getting coffee vibes over here.

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50 tasting notes

I loved it! I steeped it a bit long the first time because i walked away from it, so it was steeped for about 6 minutes which made it too strong for me, but on the second steeping it still held a rich smooth flavour. It’s kind of like Black Dragon pearls but more rich. This is the perfect morning tea. If people like English Breakfast, they’ll likely love this! I have to add milk to it, but it’s a great new tea for me!

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So good news… GOT MY ADAGIO SHIPMENT IN TODAY!!!!!! I was so pumped i bout dove into the box. This is one of the five i picked, basically, at random from the black tea list and was entirely to happy to have picked a Yunnan… funny thing though, i ended up picking 3 Yunnan and was ok with it.

I brewed at 3 minutes and 15 seconds at 195F. i added a small bit of honey and its really all it needed. First sip without sweetener, i picked up on a bold dark cocoa and maybe a little pepper, as well the aroma of the tea was strangely fruity and very sweet.

After the first couple small sips, i added honey and a smig of milk. This tea works very well with others, becoming very creamy and charming, building with the honey for a wonderful medley of flavors. As the tea cooled a bit, the tea flavor subsided a little and a natural fruitiness broke through. A perfect end to a damn near perfect tea.

I am a Yunnan fan and it just hit the spot for me. Thank you all for your suggestions and i’ll will talk to you all in the morning.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

Glad to see you had great luck with your first Adagio order :)

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