Nine Dragon Yunnan (black tea)

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Nine Dragon Yunnan

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  • 4.7 oz Tin $24.95
  • 0.7 oz Sample $3.95
  • 2.0 oz Pouch $8.95
  • 8.0 oz Pouch $25.95
  • 1.0 lb Pouch $43.95
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Our complex, rich and full-flavored black gold buds/needles from Yunnan.

A vivacious, smart honeyed liquor; bright coppery leaves with many gold tips; a mysterious ever-so-lightly smoky finish. This richly layered tea presents a bouquet of wildflowers and wine that evolve through subsequent steepings. Grown organically.

A truly superb Yunnan Black. Many find it to be a perfect afternoon restorative; soothing and energizing.

2.0 oz Pouch $8.95 - 30 servings 30¢ per cup | 4.7 oz Tin $24.95 - 71 servings 35¢ per cup

Customer Reviews

  1. October 26, 2013 Review by Deborah

    Very nice. I've tried a number of teas from the Yunnan province, and they all have a certain similarity of taste that I really enjoy. This tea did give me 3 steepings without starting to taste tannin-y (which is better than the Yunnan teas I've tried from other companies). However, I find Yunnan teas so "ummm"-inspiring and relaxing that I prefer to splurge and get what I consider the best: Royal Gold Yunnan Needle.

  2. February 14, 2009 Review by H.

    Nice tea. Tnank you very much.

  3. September 3, 2008 Review by Denise

    Wow. Fantastic. The best black tea I have ever had. Blows away the indian teas.

  4. August 14, 2008 Review by Edith

    A superb tea feels like a trip to china.

  5. July 21, 2008 Review by JP

    Better does not exist. Turst me or you WILL go to the dark side.

  6. June 21, 2008 Review by Scott Cross

    A fine, fine quality black tea from Yunnan Province. Nice gold tips and a faintly smoky note in there.

  7. May 7, 2008 Review by Dawn

    I like this tea a lot and it arrived the very next day! A+

  8. April 5, 2008 Review by Brittany B.

    Not quite a five, but darn close. Had to give it a four cuz I think there might be better out there.

  9. March 8, 2008 Review by Ray

    This is a purrrfect example of a yunnan tea...takes me to high mountain villages in China.

  10. November 5, 2007 Review by Cynthia

    Awesome. Really enjoying this very fine yunan black tea.

  11. October 3, 2007 Review by Chrissy

    Supremo black tea.

  12. August 7, 2007 Review by Jake

    Great! Thanks!

  13. July 28, 2007 Review by Lance

    Above average tea with a hint of smokiness.

Water: 208°F | Leaves: 2 tsp per 12 ounce cup | Infusion Time: 3-4 minutes

Basic Steeping Tips
- Use filtered or spring water, whenever possible
- Don’t overboil water
- Remove leaves after recommended time (adjust to taste)
- If you want stronger tea, use more leaves instead of steeping for a longer time.
Leaves can be re-steeped 2-3 times resulting in various flavor differences. Don’t throw out those leaves until they have given it all up!
Black tea has a class of polyphenols that protect your bones and teeth (help the body from pulling calcium) and is good for your heart. Black tea contains antioxidants and about 1/3 the amount of caffeine as found in a cup of coffee.
Yunnan Black comes from the province of Yunnan and has a history of only about 70 years. In China, this tea is referred to as “Dian Hong”, meaning “Yunnan Red”. Black tea is called red tea in China because of the reddish brown color if the infused liquid. One major distinction of the Yunnan Black is that it contains many fine leaf buds, or “golden tips” in the dried tea. Yunnan Black of higher quality produces a tea that is of a brassy golden color, whereas cheaper varieties produce teas that are of a darker brown hue.

Yunnan Black is produced in the southwest of China, which features rough terrains and is dotted with cloud-veiled mountains and meandering rivers. Yunnan Province is ideal for producing tea – it has high abundance of rain fall, mild climate, and fertile soil. Yunnan Black is made from Yunnan Big Leaf tea bushes, which contain a rich supply of polyphenol, which gives the black tea its strong taste.

Yunnan Black first came to existence in 1938, when a man named Shao Qiufeng traveled to Fengqing County of Yunnan because the county where he came from, Qimen, was occupied by enemies. He discovered that Fengqinq Province was a great source for tea, so he produced about 66,700 pounds of tea and sold it to London for a price of 800 pence per pound. Although it received great popularity abroad, it wasn’t until 1949, when the People’s Republic of China was established, did the tea really take off to become one of China’s best black teas.

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