Yuchi Hong Yun Black Tea, Lot 138

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 oz / 150 ml

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Taiwan Tea Crafts is thrilled to have secured an exclusive Lot of Black Tea made from the newly developed TRES No. 21 tea strand called Hong Yun.

In more concrete terms, Hong Yun is the result of a hybridization project that involved crossing the Indigenous Shancha Wild Tea strain with the one responsible for the famous Qimen Black Tea (or Keemun) originating from the Huang Shan mountains of Anhui Province in China. The result is surprisingly balanced and perceivable in the combination of aromas and tastes. First of all, in both cases these are sophisticated teas that are charmingly smooth, refreshing and easy to drink. Hong Yun is obviously in the same vein. The tangy cherry fruitiness of the Qimen blends in beautifully with the honey sweetness and thickness of the Shancha. The result is like a harmonious duet of crystaline voices. Its exotic and alluring, yet recognizable and comforting and so easy to drink. While this tea may not have the body to support milk or accompany your Christmas pudding, it is certainly would be a good choice for accompanying a good read next to a fired-up hearth.

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Style of tea? -Formosa Black Tea
Picking Date? -August 2012
Oxydation level? -High
Roasting Level? -None
Terroir? -Sun Moon Lake
Administrative Region? -Nantou County
Picking Style? -Hand Picked
Varietal(s) Used? -Hong Yun, TRES No. 21
Garden Elevation? -800 m

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361 tasting notes

Wow. This is the best peach and grape flavored tea I’ve ever had.

ETA Wait. This is an unflavored tea. Holy crap. I seriously can’t stand fruit flavored tea, but tea that has fruit flavor naturally in the leaf is pretty amazing. And delicious.


hmmm i don’t think this one was up when i placed my order heh


It’s really good. I can send you a sample next box. It’s super grapy-peachy up front and then as it cools tastes a little more like the yuchi mountain one. And a little more rich and complex. Yeah, I’ll send you some :-)

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Another tea I drank yesterday. No real comments to make about it, but I’m realizing that I’m not as much of a fan of Taiwan blacks as I originally thought I was. I do love the Sun Moon Lake Assams, & the other ones aren’t bad, or anything like that, but I’d much rather drink a yunnan or Fujian instead. Just saying…

Now I have to go practice! For tomorrow’s wedding, the recessional is ‘One Love’, by Bob Marley! That will be fun!


i love it when people move outside of tradition =0)

Terri HarpLady

Me too! I generally play at least one wedding almost every weekend, sometimes 2 or 3, although I love them all, the big lavish decadent weddings can become a little old. Plus, I feel like when people include music that is meaningful to themselves, its just more heartfelt.


Someday, you’ll have to post your “best wedding set ever…” (If you could choose your absolute favorites all for one ceremony, they would be…?)

Terri HarpLady

hmmm….I’ll have to get back to you on that, gigi :)


have you ever ‘dr. who theme song’ed’ a bride down or up the aisle? >;0D

Terri HarpLady

Funny you should mention that, James! Just a few days ago I had a phone consultation with a bride from Boston, & she asked if I could do game of thrones!theme for the recessional, at the end of the ceremony, followed by i am the doctor. I told her I’d take a look at it this week & get back to her. Nobody has asked me to play the Ian dr who theme, although, being a fan of the dr, I’ve played around with it a bit.

Terri HarpLady

I just read my post, lol, & I’m not sure how Sil’s fiance’s name ended up in there, but I’m sure it, & any other errors, are courtesy of my iPad & auto-correct :D

Terri HarpLady

Ian = original


so much fodder for FB.
can’ wait until Sil claps her eyes on this thread, lol.
oh, the GOT theme will be very majestic. here’s to hoping the bride can walk in heels! on mustn’t stumble with that theme… no no.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve played the GOT theme several times now, including as an entrance for the groomsmen, which was kind of fun!

Terri HarpLady

Oh, & I forgot to mention, they were wearing kilts on THAT wedding!!


very nice…. kilts are good for airflow, if worn correctly =0D

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8180 tasting notes

sipdown! even if it is a fake sort of sipdown, as i’m sending the other half of the sample terri sent me to FuzzyP :) The worst part of today? this review has been sitting open for hours and i can’t even focus enough to write it. Long story short this is a really tasty tea, though i think it’s a little too different for me to keep around always. if that makes sense. it’s fruity, but in a specific sort of peach grape way, as tastybrew said, rather than that generic “fruity” taste i get. thanks for sharing terri! this one’s neat!

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437 tasting notes

This tea had a lovely balance between the sweet and the savoury. I didn’t get the strong peach notes until later steeps, but I did get a lot of fruity tones from it including, longan, prune, fig tones, mulberry and lemon. This was bonded to the savoury notes by butter caramel, which evolved into honey, cocoa, malt and cereal notes and a touch of salt. The savoury herbaceous notes I found were, lemon thyme, the flavour you breathe in when you crumble dried oregano, cilantro, cinnamon, and towards the end ginger and artichoke. I got nine steeps out of this tea . (1tsp, 170ml,95°C: rinse, 10, 15,20,25,35,45,60,120,180s), and it has been a pleasant companion today.

Thanks TastyBrew for the opportunity to expand my experience with Taiwanese blacks!


Dating myself here…but you know how random creatively phrased adjectives in a review just send you off into goofy land? Fig Tones. Anybody besides me remember the dancing, singing guy in the really bad fig costume in the Fig Newtons commercial circa (cough, cough, choke)…?


I might of… But then I’ve been told I was born out of my time and that I am ageless:). I was ‘21’ from a time before I was a teenager and than became ‘16’ again when I was 24, when I went back to University they all thought I was 13 years younger than I am. So I don’t think your dating yourself.

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472 tasting notes

This generous sample came to me from Terri Harp lady – thank you!
Gongfu method
5g 150ml gaiwan 205F
rinse/10/15/20/25/30/45sec etc
This tea has similar profile as “High Mountain Red” Ai Lao Mountain Black Tea by Yunnan Sourcing. Some peach, plum, grape, by 6 steeping there is strong grapefruit note. this tea is very good quality tea. I’m not rating this tea because I’m not experienced in Taiwanese black teas.
Thank you so much Terri, I’m grateful for the opportunity to taste such a wonderful and unique tea.

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Terri HarpLady

Glad you like it!! :)


Thank you Terri, you send me awesome teas to try;)

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