Yunnan Noir

Tea type
Black Tea
Black Tea Leaves
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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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 10 oz / 303 ml

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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...” Read full tasting note
  • “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,...” Read full tasting note
  • “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...” Read full tasting note
  • “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...” Read full tasting note

From Adagio Teas

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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190 tasting notes

i had a bit of an oven mishap this morning while baking a raspberry chocolate ganache tart (smoke alarm went off 3 times, ahh! ) so this tea is exactly what i needed to get my head back in the game. Dark, cocoa-y, and pleasantly earthy makes for a good cuppa this afternoon.

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Did the tart make it or was it DOA? :D


it made it, thankfully! I spilled some chocolate in the oven without realizing and it wound up burning,yikes! It happens, right? haha


Yeah something similar happened to me when I was baking cookies at Christmas – only instead of chocolate it was oil from the boyfriend’s pizza from the night before.

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1627 tasting notes

Drank this today also and finished it all up. I love the curls of this tea when its dry. Cute :P Delicious and malty.

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583 tasting notes

1 tsp for 250mL water @100C, steeped four minutes.

Dark and strong. I can barely see to the bottom of the cup. Now, I like a strong black tea, but this is intense. Bitter, too. I’m surprised. Strong and bitter cocoa notes, hard mineral finish. No pepper, no honey.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Man, this one will be hard to finish. It’s almost tarry. I hope it at least packs some caffeine. Maybe I’d like this early in the morning, when I’m more desperate for a caffeine hit than for a nuanced tea. Maybe.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Yeah, I can’t finish this. HARSH.

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Matt: “My cup’s half empty.”
Jack: “I can never get this right without adding some water.”
Jason: “It feels bitter in my mouth.” – This is actually a direct quote :)
Group: “Over steeped!”, “Too bitter”

Brewed in Huge Glass Teapot

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Ricky is a poor excuse for a journalist…


Can you re-steep the pot? We want tea in this section here.

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131 tasting notes

I love watching these hand rolled leaves slowly unfurl and infuse the water with a golden brown color. The aroma is seductively laced with tones of honey and dried fruit amongst the woodsy base. Adagio has a winner with this tea that is both complex and consistently very good. Similar to Adagio “Yunnan Jig,” but with a touch more sweetness.

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63 tasting notes

The tea is really fun to watch unfurl. The earthy cocoa notes are prominent. It is a nice black but not my favorite. With a little cream and sugar, it feels like a cup of coffee.

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81 tasting notes

A lovely tea indeed! I received 4oz of this beauty just over an hour ago to which I immediately made a cup straight away. The aroma is complex as the taste of the liquor, with hints of honey, a peppery like smell and of course an earthy aroma. The liquor brewed with boiling water just over 208 degrees gave off a stronger aroma of honey and a dominant earthy aroma famous of this tea type with a smooth, slightly sweet, and astringent on the palate. Flavors that make of the tea is dominant in (again) earthy, aged foliage, with a leathery/smoky undertone without the smooth velvet like chocolaty at the back end of the palate. A decent tea, a decent buy with a great price, deserved of Mrs.Luo’s devotion!

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226 tasting notes

Hmmm… I seem to have had this tea before. Very chocolatey, hints of cream way down in the flavor, full-bodied… but I couldn’t put my finger on it until my fiancé smelled it. He took one or two whiffs and then said, “Be right back.” He came back with his tin of Teavana’s Copper Knot Hongcha… and we both agreed that they must be either the exact same tea or extremely similar.

So, folks, if you, like my fiancé and I, LOVE Teavana’s Copper Knot Hongcha, you will love this tea. :) It is good for up to about five steeps, and the leaves just keep getting bigger and bigger and bigger. I love how relaxing it is, and I love how there’s not a drop of astringency, even in the first steep. An AWESOME morning tea!

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141 tasting notes

This is a staple in my tea bar. The tin contains curled black and yellow tea leaves. They’re not quite pearls but more like tiny nuggets. (Snails per the merchant) The fragrance they impart is what I would describe as “aqueous”- like clean, fresh water.

When brewed, the leaves unfurl to partial and full leaves and produce a bourbon* colored tea.

This is one of the smoothest, most mild black teas I’ve tasted. It’s mildly vegetative with no bitterness and is quite sweet for an unflavored black tea.

*Steep responsibly and remember- friends don’t let friends drink bad tea.

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116 tasting notes

Trying my sampler. Brewed it light – 1 tsp/10 oz but has a strong smoky, earthy flavor. This reminds me of large elaborate Chinese banquets. Complex, reminiscent of puer’s dark tastes.

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