Flight of 2017 Dianhong Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

// Published August 16, 2018 by mgualt

Five Yunnan Black teas from Yunnan Sourcing:

  1. Bulang (Guangbie)
  2. Yiwu (Luoshuidong) wild arbor
  3. Jinggu (Daqing) old arbor
  4. Mengku (Xiao Husai) wild arbor
  5. Big Snow Mountain, Mengku

1. Bulang

Quite chalky and bitter, slight metallic, good aroma. Rock taste.

2. Yiwu

Excellent sweetness, honey. Good aftertaste. And salivation. Some astringency too. Significantly sweeter and more honeyed than 4. Or 5. This is what I think of as classic hongcha taste

3. Jinggu

Quite roasty, despite YS’s claim. Chocolatey and toasty . Bitter chocolate. Not very sweet. Slight bancha and yancha notes. Would appeal to coffee drinker.


Has large leaves like the Yiwu, but much browner colour. Sweet profile, honey, but much more subtle and subdued than 2. Excellent aftertaste strength, this is where the charm is.

5. Big Snow Mountain

Noticeably strong english black tea taste, creamy, good cooling throat feel, and excellent aftertaste. Seems to be slightly less oxidised. Someone used to drinking English tea bags would love this as an excellent version of that style.


2 > 4 >> 5 > 3 >> 1

I can understand why 2,4 are much more expensive than 1,3,5.


  1. Notes on Tea
    August 17, 2018 @ 9:27 pm

    I haven’ t ordered from YS in a long time. Silly me. Tempted to order 4 and 5 ASAP.

    • mgualt
      August 17, 2018 @ 10:50 pm

      But not 2? 🙂


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