REVIEW: Grey’s Teas – Grand Yunnan FOP


Tea and origin: Black tea from Yunnan province, China
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I’m pleased to be reviewing a tea for the first time available at Grey’s Teas. Based in Warwick, UK, Grey’s Teas is an online retailer that carries an extensive range of teas, herbal infusions and teaware.

Today, I’m reviewing Grey’s Teas’ Yunnan Gold, a black Chinese that is typically packed with complex flavours and a lot of aroma. Read on to see what I think of this Yunnan Gold.

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: Medium-sized leaves that have a smoky aroma. The leaf colour is                                             predominately black, although a few golden tips are scattered throughout

Wet leaf: Sweet and spicy

Liquor colour: Light to dark brown, depending on infusion time

Liquor aroma: Smoky and spicy

Liquor flavour: Classic Yunnan flavours: a bit smoky, slightly sweet and spicy.                                                 Medium-bodied, although little astringency

Infusion method: Glass teapot. Infuse 1 to 3.5 minutes                                                                                                 3 grams of tea                                                                                                                                         200ml of water at 90 to 95C                                                                                                               Best taken without milk                                                                                                                       Infuse 2 to 3 times


This tea has a wonderful complexity. With each sip, the smoky, sweet and spicy notes in the liquor tantalised my palate and provided a sweet and spicy finish and aftertaste. Because it is packed with flavour, it could be an ideal breakfast tea, but infused for a shorter time, and thus pulling out its sweeter notes, it could also be perfect for afternoons

Retail price: 125 gram packet for £13.44 / 125 gram tin for £15.44


About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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