Yunnan Black - High Grade

Creamy, malty sweet notes & thirst-quenching sweetness

Our Yunnan black is a Dian Hong style black tea. It is single origin and grown organically in the higher elevations of Yunnan Province. Often referred to as the "mocha of tea", it is full-bodied and offers a malty flavor with a delicate spiciness. As the leaves are large and "soft" they yield a lush, full-flavored tea that will cup to a rich, russet-red color. This bright, clean coloration well exemplifies the process of oxidization of the leaf and thus its denotation as a Dian Hong or "red" tea in China. Yunnan Black is widely enjoyed as a breakfast black tea. It can be served with milk and sugar.

Lot Notes
We look for two things in selecting this tea. Cultivation using organic practices is our priority. Along with this, the taste must be rich, malty and sweet. The craftsmanship in processing was evident by the tea's appearance - the leaves are consistent in size with a nice accentuation of golden bud. Its' distinctive clear, russet-red cup color reflects the skill in the oxidization process with a resulting clean "red" liquor color offering plenty of flavor.

Tea facts
This black is made to the Dian Hong style. Classic methods of cultivation, harvesting and processing are applied to make this unique tasting tea with all of its wonderful taste attributes. The leaves are single origin, organic and grown at high elevation. Yunnan style black teas are often held to develop complexity in flavor as they age.

Tasting Notes
Leaves will steep to creamy and malty sweet notes with a thirst quenching sweetness in the finish. Taste is clean and lingering. Some flavor of caramel and certainly spice.

Brewing Suggestions
Use a round tablespoon or about 3-4 grams for 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature right up to boiling. Boiling water will bring the leaves flavors out quickly. To heighten first steep flavors, rinse the leaves briefly with boiling water, pour off, let the leaves steam for a few minutes and re-infuse. We suggest a steep of 3 minutes to experience the variety of flavors offered. Longer steeps of 3 + minutes will give more body to the cup. Leaves will steep multiple times.

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  • 5
    Best tea out there

    Posted by Ahmad Alrsheed on 1st Dec 2018

    this tea is really high grade malty sweet beautiful color delicious even with over steep it will be more good flavor.

  • 5
    Excellent Breakfast Tea

    Posted by Nancy on 25th Aug 2018

    I have been a tea drinker for decades, and this is the best I have found. It is high quality, complex tea and I like it with a tiny splash of whole milk.

  • 5
    World class tea!

    Posted by michael koplen on 20th Jun 2018

    Excellent tea!

  • 5
    None Better

    Posted by Nancy Wracher on 9th Mar 2018

    I have been a lifelong tea drinker and this is by far the best breakfast tea I have found. It is full bodied, rich, flavorful and stands up well to a splash of milk in the morning. My favorite morning tea by far.

  • 5
    The best!

    Posted by Christine Fletcher on 30th Sep 2017

    Oh my gosh, I just love this tea! Absolutely no bitterness no matter how long you let it steep. It has a very round taste to it, if that makes any sense.
    Quite possibly the best tea I have ever tasted.

  • 5
    Excellent, rich flavor! Like comfort for your taste buds.

    Posted by Laurie Gehrt on 28th Aug 2017

    I loved this tea. I reminded me of curling up with a good book and a steamy mug of this tea in some nook somewhere and getting lost for hours. The taste was of "comfort" for me.

  • 5
    Loads of Flavor!

    Posted by Daniel on 21st Jul 2017

    This is a very flavorful tea.
    I have been a coffee drinker all my adult life. Unable to consistently good coffee, I took control and began roasting my own nearly a decade ago. Amid health concerns that led to better eating, I began blending and drinking herbal tisanes.I enjoy those enough, but miss the boldness and flavors I found in coffee.

    After a friend introduced me to Pu'ehr Teas, it was on! My tea journey has me sampling regions, vendors, and processing methods in search of a new list of favorites. This Yunnan Black easily made the list!

    Rich and exploding flavor, I could sense its taste an hour after my first cup. One small sample has provided great results after steeping it several times.

    There is still a lot out there to sample, but the Yunnan Black (Fine Grade) from Silk Road Teas is an early hit in my home.

  • 5
    A basic in my house!

    Posted by Lucy G on 10th Dec 2016


  • 5
    Surprised excellence

    Posted by William Wennen on 24th Jul 2016

    It surprised me with its excellence: gentle, smooth.but with a depth of almost indescribable taste nuances....Loved it!!