Wild Black Yunnan

Tea type
Black Tea
Organic Black Tea
Earth, Honey, Malt, Sweet, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Sweet Potatoes, Cream, Floral, Licorice, Wet Earth, Broth, Dirt, Forest Floor, Hay, Tobacco, Vegetables, Chocolate, Coffee, Astringent, Wood
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 13 oz / 382 ml

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  • “Mmmm… Thanks again CrowKettle for getting me to try this tea! :O Now I know I love Yunnan teas. I even over-steeped this one and it was still great, albeit a bit malty. (Sidenote: albeit is a...” Read full tasting note
  • “Giving this tea more props today. While it is pricey, it is delicious. It can take a beating and not get bitter, and it is very rich and cocoa with a hint of pepper underneath that. Could be my...” Read full tasting note
  • “Guuuuuuuuh!!! This is so amazing! How much is this? Is it a lot? I need to a buy a giant tin of this, and then another tin so the first tin can have a friend! Oh, it’s somewhat expensive… Maybe...” Read full tasting note
  • “I actually found this tea to be quite tasty! It seems I’m definitely developing a taste for straight black tea. This tasted very similar to other yunnan blacks I’ve tried, so it’s nothing I would...” Read full tasting note


How tea should taste
In Yunnan province in southern China, ancient tea trees still grow wild in the forests. They can be hundreds, even thousands, of years old. Purists rave about the rich brown colour of the steeped tea, the aroma of sweet forest floor, the clean, natural finish. Our wild black Yunnan uses small, new leaves plucked from wild-growing trees, tightly twisted to preserve their natural flavour.

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71 Tasting Notes

83 tasting notes

I guess you can categorize this as a standard black tea. I found this tea to be sweet, like DAVIDsTEA Nepal Black tea. I enjoyed the lighter taste that I get. It’s not bitter at all and has a nice fruity smell attached. It remains neutral with me—mainly because I am not a huge black tea fan. However, don’t let my opinion sway you away from this tea. If I were to recommend a black tea, this would be one of them!

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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26 tasting notes

This is “how tea should taste” as indicated on its label. I’ve now gone through 300g in 5 weeks… IMO it’s the best black tea you can get outside of China!

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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260 tasting notes

I bought a small amount of this just when it was being discontinued – and its not bad. Straight black tea with an earthy taste to it. I added a bit of sugar and that sweetened things up for me. I’m not really sure how to describe straight blacks, as they are pretty similar in taste. But yeah, this is a sweet, earthy, tea. Maybe with some honey notes to it.

Flavors: Earth, Honey, Malt, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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67 tasting notes

Deep earthy yunnan flavour

Flavors: Earth

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123 tasting notes

A good black tea, though perhaps not a great one. I did two full sized mug steepings of 3 minutes. Compare this one with Nepal Black and see which one you prefer. Notice the difference in the amount of tips. I would really hesitate before paying the 20 bucks / 50 grams that they were originally asking.


I cannot drink black tea (sensitive belly) but I drink green tea and to me yunnan greens have such a tendency to become bitter that they aren’t worth it to me :(



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239 tasting notes

I wasn’t expecting much of this tea, as I haven’t been terribly impressed with much of what I’ve gotten from DAVIDs. I was actually surprised at how much depth I got from this tea.

The flavors are malt and earth for the most part, with just the very slightest hint of bitterness. Below that is a very nice sweet potato and dark chocolate flavor, but not as strong as some other Yunnan blacks I have had. There is a mineral tang on the finish of the flavor.

Overall, I would say this is a very low grade Yunnan black. For the price of this tea, it would be better to stick with other sources.

Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Earth, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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8 tasting notes

A creamy black tea – very sweet and well balanced.

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Licorice

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554 tasting notes

I really liked this one too. It’s got a nice malty and earthiness but very little earthiness to it. It’s so good. I added some sugar so a bit sweet, but good.

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8 tasting notes

I’m not sure why I didn’t really like this tea the first time I tried it – I guess I wasn’t in a “tea mood”. At any rate, I resolved not to throw away perfectly “good tea” and to finish up the 24g sampler pack I got from David’s Tea.

I’m glad I did. The second time I tried it (a week later), I was surprised how much I liked the tea. It had a rich, earthy (but clean) flavour that felt good on my tongue. I savoured that after-dinner cup of tea and it left me with a satisfied feeling for quite a while. I just had it again today with the same level of enjoyment.

It’s a little pricey, but I think it’s definitely worth it. I look forward to trying other Yunnan teas from other suppliers in the future. In the meantime, I’m going to replace my current supply of this tea with a bigger bag from David’s Tea sometime soon.

Flavors: Cocoa, Wet Earth

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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60 tasting notes

Picked this up on a whim as a reward tea without having tried it. It sounded intriguing, and I’m glad I gave it a shot. It’s mild and pleasant, and has a wholly unique taste to any other black teas I’ve had. It’s got a nice savoury flavour, with sweet hints and undertones of earth and dirt (not in a gross way). I like it!

Flavors: Broth, Dirt, Earth, Forest Floor, Hay, Honey, Malt, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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