Being a green tea fanatic as I am, I don’t often swing to the dark side and sample a black tea, however when I do it tends to be a Chinese variety, as I find these seem to appeal more to my green-tea-palate… or maybe I’m just biased because I like Asia!

Aroma: Rich wood, marmalade and spice. Distinctly a ‘black’ tea (obviously) with those slightly tannic notes.

Palate: Surprisingly tasty! Quite light, complex and enjoyable for a black tea. Deep and woody, almost smoky but well balanced and not overpowering. Spice and fruitcake on the aftertaste. Slight bitterness.

Other: I prefer loose leaf tea to those in a bag, but these are very high quality fabric pouches -at this price though you’d expect so! As such this tea loses points with me for price, but if you are shopping at Simon Johnson then you probably aren’t concerned about that ;)

Overall: This Grand Yunnan didn’t quite win me over, but It pushed me that little bit further into enjoying the world of black teas. Not so much so that I’ll be buying a box, but I wouldn’t turn down a cup if you offered me one on a cold winters morning!

Price: AUD$15.70/15 bags

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Tea Glorious Tea!

Since a trip to Japan as a young lad I have had a growing obsession with tea. Oolongs are my all time favorite but I love almost all green and white teas and love trying anything new.

I’m just starting out on Steepster but am looking forward to uploading a whole bunch of teas in the future!

I’m always keen to review sample teas so please PM me if you would like some reviews done!


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