Rose Black Yunnan

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Rose Black Yunnan

Postby sneakers » Mar 1st, '10, 23:29

I wouldn't classify this with the spray-on flavored teas, so I posted it here.

I was shopping at a local oriental supermarket today, and looking at loose teas in cannisters. Some were labeled too generically, but I found cans of Rose Black from the Tuhsu Guangdong Company in Yunnan Province. $10/8 oz, not expensive for tea, but it's still $10 if I hate it.

Does anyone have experience with rose-flavored tea? I also have little experience in Chinese teas. Can you compare the taste of Yunnan to something I know, like Assam, Nilgiri or Ceylon?

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Re: Rose Black Yunnan

Postby bsteele » Mar 1st, '10, 23:40

No rose tea experience, but the biggest thing that makes Yunnan stand out to me is that it's sort of peppery and fruity. Sooo good. Mouthfeel doesn't seem as heavy to me.

Indian teas are more of the traditional black tea flavors you'd get from a standard tea bag. Assam being a little more malty. Niligiri is pretty low key I think.

But anyway... yeah. Yunnan is da best. I can't imagine a rose + yunnan blend though. Hmmmm interesting.

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Re: Rose Black Yunnan

Postby sneakers » Mar 2nd, '10, 00:53

My Oaklands Estate, Rembeng Estate Assams and Tiger Hill Nilgiri don't come from tea bags, and are from a reputable dealer. In fact it's been years since I tasted the fannings in "standard tea bags." I was referring to the taste only.

Why do you think rose and Yunnan would not go together, since you haven't tried it?

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Re: Rose Black Yunnan

Postby bsteele » Mar 2nd, '10, 00:59

Oops, didn't mean I didn't think they'd go together... just that literally I can't imagine the flavor combo. I'm not sure what rose tastes like :D

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Re: Rose Black Yunnan

Postby debunix » Mar 2nd, '10, 10:39

I've not combined Rose with Yunnan, but have really been enjoying a mix of osmanthus flowers and Yunnan Gold. The Yunnan is very fruity and the osmanthus are floral and peachy, and the combination is terrific. I think the rose would also be pretty nice with yunnan, although I've never tried that combo.

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Re: Rose Black Yunnan

Postby beecrofter » Mar 2nd, '10, 11:57

I have had mini tuo cha of shu puerh with rose petals that were remarkably well done considering they were minis.

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Re: Rose Black Yunnan

Postby omegapd » Mar 4th, '10, 14:45

beecrofter wrote:I have had mini tuo cha of shu puerh with rose petals that were remarkably well done considering they were minis.


Victoria was kind enough to send me a large bag of these also, after she didn't like them. I liked them quite a bit and will be on the look-out for more rose/tea blends. I noticed that Upton has one very similar to what the OP is asking about. It sounds very interesting to me...something I'll definitely try out sooner or later.

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Re: Rose Black Yunnan

Postby sneakers » Mar 5th, '10, 00:37

It sounds good to me. Next time I'm there, I'll buy a can.

What's a mini?

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Re: Rose Black Yunnan

Postby beecrofter » Mar 5th, '10, 08:11

A mini is a 2-5 gm tuo or block of compressed pu-erh.
As in mini tuocha or Xiao-Tuocha.

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Re: Rose Black Yunnan

Postby sneakers » Mar 6th, '10, 04:10

Of course!! How could I miss something so common? :lol:

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Re: Rose Black Yunnan

Postby marlena » Mar 7th, '10, 18:07

I recently had a rose Yunnan and I love Yunnan excessively. I really did not think the two went together. Yunnan is more on the savory side of teas - peppery, spicey, sometimes earthy, sometimes vegetal, once in a while a tad floral. I was hoping it would be a good mix - 2 of my favs together, but alas, it was not to be.

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