Year of the Tiger 2022 Yiwu Black Tea



Made using the same left-to-grow (fangyang) material as our Year of the Tiger Yiwu raw puer, this budget friendly black tea offers a savoury and floral experience, punctuated by a sugary sweetness and slightly fruity aftertaste.

While shaihong/sun baking has become more common for Yunnan black teas, this tea is machine roasted according to our preference for black teas, as it offers more consistency and control over the results. We also recommend brewing this tea with ~90c degree water in order to achieve the best results.

For a more in-depth description of the environment where this tea comes from, you can read more here, as well as pick up both the raw puer and white tea versions of this tea in order to compare the same material with different processing.

This year’s wrapper features artwork by Toronto based artist 1%Talent. Be sure to check him out on Instagram, TikTok and pick something out for yourself from his shop here.

Picking period: Pre-March 27


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7 reviews for Year of the Tiger 2022 Yiwu Black Tea

  1. 5 out of 5

    zmartjohnson (verified owner)

    Extremely soft and smooth. Usually black teas that pack this much flavor at this price point carry at least a little harsh finish. Not this one, it’s like drinking hot chocolate.

  2. 5 out of 5

    BCM (verified owner)

    Has a fruity (probably plum), chocolatey aroma. The liquor is chocolatey, malty, slightly floral and with a certain fruity twist. Very smooth tea as well. Delicious.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Martin Ödman (verified owner)

    Very enjoyable and decent tea for the price. Especially if clean tea is important to you. Pretty straight forward session. Wet leaves smell exactly like oven-baked raisins! This note translates into the liquor which is smooth and lacking in any unpleasant elements apart from a slight rubbery note.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Josh (verified owner)

    Savory sweetness with a bit of a tang in the aroma, like fresh bread, plum sauce, or oddly enough, paneer. There are some florals on the breath out, along with a smooth, slightly sticky viscosity. I found no bitterness or astringency- this is a very gentle, high note black tea, which reflects the character of the Yiwu material to me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris (verified owner)

    Perfect tea the chilly days.

    //Smell : Chocolate, candied fruits, raisins bread, spices, stewed fruits, rich dessert, cream, floral (fall kinda flowers)
    //Texture: Tingling on the tips of the tongue, thin mouth coating, medium texture, drying effect
    //Taste : Warm cake/bread cooked at home with butter on it, warm spices (ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg), dark chocolate, sugar, candied fruits
    //Body sensation: Quick heartbeat with calm minds, comforting, eyes awake

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rosy (verified owner)

    As with the other reviews, I have to agree with the chocolate and raisin notes that the tea carries all the way from dry leaf to the last cup of the session. Little to no astringency but I do have to agree with the other reviewer who mentioned a slight rubbery note. However, it doesn’t detract from the experience at all. If you don’t consider it sacrilegious, this tea also makes for an interesting, albeit delicious, milk tea.

  7. 5 out of 5

    rudi (verified owner)

    Brief steeps (5-10 seconds) in 90 Celsius water.
    Liquor is an almost clear deep caramel in color.
    Taste is bold but smooth with a fruity and spiced cacao-like notes and a long sweet aftertaste on the palate.
    Medium mouthfeel with a slight stickiness on the lips, but no astringency detected.
    Wet leaves are long and dark bronzed brown in hue, giving off a scent of sugared plums and raisins with spices.
    The flavor intensity starts to mellow down by the 6th infusion, thus best to do a longer steep from here onwards.
    A (1 minute) steep gives a slight darker hue to the liquor and brings out more of its spice note, with a hint of tartness.

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