Yun Cui (organic)

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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Luscious jade

Envelop yourself in lushness with this handcrafted green tea. It grows high in the mountains of Wuyuan in Jiangxi province, where the greenery is abundant. Its golden-green liquor has been compared to polished jade. Even its name recalls flourishing life on misty mountaintops – yun means “cloud” and cui is “green.” Try steeping it to shiny-clear perfection in a jade teapot – it’s sheer bliss.

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3134 tasting notes

Another fairly standard green, according to my tastebuds. Perfectly suitable for when you’re craving green tea, but there are better greens to be had out there. The flavour is on the chewy/vegetal side if I recall correctly. Thanks Janelle!

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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49 tasting notes

This is my last time drinking Yun Cui from my tea stash at home, so I thought it deserved a little farewell review.

I started drinking this tea awhile ago but have since taken a break to venture into new kinds of green teas. I can say I like it less than I did before, now that I’m starting to learn what I like in a cup of green tea.

The aroma of this tea is okay. You can pick up a lot on the nuttiness, slightly sweet. The taste is very similar to the aroma, and the nuttiness really comes out. There is a very slight vegetal taste kind of hiding in the background that compliments the nuttiness in an… interesting way. It’s not at all bitter, actually more kind of sweet.

I’ve mentioned before in green teas that the flavours are too soft/weak, so I do have to give it to this tea that the flavours have quite a nice round body. I also appreciate that the nutty flavour kind of remains on your tongue afterwards. I also appreciate that it is organic.

Overall, I’m not nuts over nutty when it comes to greens, so this tea is gonna have to fall back a little on my ranks. I probably will not purchase any more of this tea in the future.

Farewell Yun Cui!

edit: just wanted to add that this tea actually tastes a lot like the Gyokuro Genmaicha I had from teavana a few days ago, with all of the nutty flavour and what not.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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318 tasting notes

Sitting down with some of this and watching TV… last day of classes, a week until I’m back at home… can’t believe it. As much as I love it here, as much as I don’t want to leave… I want this to be over. I want to be home where everything is safe.

I like this tea, generally. It’s not stellar, but I don’t hate it. It’s vegetal, primarily, but there are notes of sweetness and nuttiness that I look for in a green. Especially when you sip it just right and there’s this burst of sugar lingering on the tip of your tongue… fantastic.
(note: I’m drinking this unsweetened. The sugar-flavor comes entirely from the tea)

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Rebecca Lynn

Lucky, you get out so early! My last final isn’t for 3 weeks.


Ah wow! It’s going to be weird, though, since I’ll have almost a full two months at home… before my sister’s summer starts and things really get going. Work :/

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328 tasting notes

edit: Please see my newer review for an update. It’s not that bad

Went to DAVIDs today to pick up lots of Pumpkin Chai and to get a few other teas to try out. I don’t have much green tea at the moment so picked up Yun Cui. With my first steeps today I’m left feeling disappointed. I can’t imagine steeping this for more than 1 minute, the flavour is very harsh and “in my face”. Smelling the wet leaves also made me cringe a bit. I can’t exactly describe the scent, but it is off putting.

I’m not sure if I am starting to hate green tea, or if this really isn’t very good. I wasn’t a big fan of it to begin with, but I have a desire to enjoy it. Unfortunately I doubt by the end of this stash I’ll like it any better.

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

I get what you mean by the smell of the wet leaves. It’s kind of gross, which makes the flavour of this tea kind of suprising. Just a note though, you shouldn’t really be brewing green teas for over a minute. Some greens are even perfect with just 45-50 seconds. Over brewing causes some greens to get very bitter. If you want it to be stronger, don’t brew longer but just add more leaves. Maybe this will help in your quest to finding a green tea you will enjoy. Good luck! :)

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108 tasting notes

Mmm, what a lovely Chinese green. I love that I can distinguish between greens. Now if only I had the vocabulary to describe what I’m tasting … hmm. It’s warm and round. Powerful in a quiet, understated way. It’s not grassy or bright the way a Japanese green can be. Fairly close to an oolong, I think.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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442 tasting notes

Nope, still not whelmed by this one. I tried double the leaf and I’m still thinking that it is lacking something. Glad that this was my last of the tea. Farewell Yun Cui.

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84 tasting notes

A nutty green tea. From the bag you don’t smell much at all. I thought this would be a very light fruity tea, but I was wrong! Yun Cui has a grassy and nutty flavour to it—unfortunately not a fan of it. When steeped the tea is very light in colour, but has a mild taste. If you like Sencha Ashikubo, you might like this one too!

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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34 tasting notes

Alas, another love lost from the David’s Tea collection. This tea was sadly discontinued, and while it not be the most amazing green tea the world has ever seen, I loved it because it made me love green teas. It brews a beautiful light yellow liquor. The flavour is reminiscent of a more steamed vegetable taste, kind of asparagus I would say. I really like having this one with a good arugula based omelette.

165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

If you are looking for something similar, their Gyokuro Yamashiro has strong notes of butter and asparagus :)


I agree! The Yamashiro is really close, but the buttery ness kinda tosses me off. Le Sigh… gonna have to find a new source for this because I don’t believe I can go on without it.

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254 tasting notes

I was kind of expecting more from this. I think the name does describe this tea well, as it does have a certain cloudy texture, but the taste is muddled, very weak and slightly bitter.

I think it could be the fact that once you do start sipping the brew, it just sits in your mouth. This is a very unexciting tea. I am not a fan.

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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570 tasting notes

Lovely complement to a dinner of Chinese takeout.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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