Wow. Just. Wow.
Yunnan is my favorite black tea, and I didn’t realize this was Yunnan until I opened the tin.
The dry leaves are long, beautiful, and dark with silvery tips. They have a malty, baked goods smell. The steep very red, a dark cherry color. The tea smells like baked bread with a touch of…. pepper?
I’m not getting smoke in the flavor as others are, but perhaps that is because I am nose and taste blind to smoke right now because of the air quality here in the SF Bay Area following the Camp Fire. I understand why some might call it smokey though. For me, it’s more of a character than a flavor.
I do get a baked goods flavor with the depth that is hard to describe and I find characteristic of Yunnan (I also find it in some red wines). The tea has pleasant aftertaste. Not really sweet, but not sour or bitter either.
I don’t find it heavy or woody either, like some others have noted.
It’s just a really, really nice Yunnan blend.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt, Pepper