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89

I bought this some time ago but am just getting around to trying it now! I don’t know what took me so long to actually try it – it is SO GOOD.

The sip starts with a nutty taste, and finishes with a light, fresh almost buttery taste with a note of tartness. It’s a very interesting contrast of flavors. Very nice.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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78

The second of my three samples from Life In Teacup. Oooh, the leaf here is VERY similar to Samovar’s Four Seasons – like, identical in scent and appearance. I’m using 2.5g, about 1/3 of the sample, in my little 4oz glass pot, which I think makes this a gongfu-light style steeping :P

The liqueur is quite pale, rather like a white tea. The scent is lighter than Four Seasons, but has similar notes: butter, gardenias (at least, I gather that’s the particular floral scent, from what others have said – I have trouble getting past “flowers”). The taste follows – buttery, floral, fresh. Like eating buttered bread in a garden.

This is lovely, rich, and not at all harsh. I’m pleased, though I’d like the flavor to be a little stronger, so I’ll make the next steeps longer.

One last thing: at $2.70/oz this is an absolute STEAL, assuming it lasts through several steeps. Compare to Four Seasons at $10/oz.

ETA: This is definitely better with hotter water – deeper color, richer and fuller flavor

Steep 1, 1 minute, 205˚F
Steep 2, 1 minute, 195˚F
Steep 3, 1:45, boiling
Steep 4, 1:45, boiling
Steep 5, 2:15, boiling
Steep 6, 2:15, boiling

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

Have you ordered from Life in Teacup before? I ask because from what I read the minimum shipping amount is $22 because it is direct from China? I really like the Yunnan I tasted but I don’t think I want to order $100 worth of tea right now in order to gain the most out of $22 shipping…if I am indeed reading it right.

teabird

I haven’t, other than these samples, but I’m planning to. The way I read the shipping policy, here http://www.lifeinteacup.com/shipping is that it’s $5 flat in the US. I think the “Buying Directly from China” section is more for wholesalers.

JacquelineM

Oooooh OK! I was thinking that it couldn’t be right! I’m so glad I asked!

LauraR

Wow, I really like Four Seasons from Samovar and this is anything like that…YUM

teabird

Laura, I’d definitely recommend trying this then! They’re very similar, in my opinion (I think I’ll be ordering this instead when my Four Seasons runs out), and Life In Teacup offers free samples with $3 shipping. http://www.lifeinteacup.com/tea-samples

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90
drank Yunnan Golden Bud by Life In Teacup
902 tasting notes

3rd steep: still amazingly strong! Tastes like caramalized honey. Definitely going to be going for a fourth steep!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Yunnan Golden Bud by Life In Teacup
902 tasting notes

Second steep has less honey, more of a malted taste to it. Slight hint of caramel…actually, it’s more like the taste of sugar syrup just before it’s changed to caramel. There’s still a baked quality to it. Extremely hearty and rich.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Yunnan Golden Bud by Life In Teacup
902 tasting notes

I’m brewing by the mug rather than the pot this morning, so I’m logging teas faster than normal. This is a sample from Life in a Teacup, and it’s a pretty darn big sample, too! There’s at least enough for 2-4 cups! The dry leaf looks just like the picture, and smells like honey.

Brewed 1 tsp in 8 oz of water for 2.5 minutes. Seems like that’s a long brew (most of the other people who’ve drank it only brewed for 1 minute), but I do like my teas strong.

This is some good stuff. Seriously. I’m getting a honey taste, and a baked taste. Almost like a warm rye bagel with honey smeared on it. It’s definitely more like an oolong than a traditional black tea, but seems heartier than many oolongs that I’ve had. It tastes golden, if that makes any sense. Wow, this is yummy.

Thanks, Ginkgo, for offering these samples!! I can’t wait to try the rest of them, and I’m definitely going to be getting more of this one!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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100

I love the smokiness of this tea, ever since falling in love with teas from Yunnan, I got this tea as soon as I could get my hands on them. I am happy that I did. Thanks LIT.

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96

Not to be confused with jasmine tea one gets in grocery stores, this is an entirely refreshing experience.

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99

I must admit I have been ignorant to the teas from southwestern China but this is truly a delightful surprise. It’s rich and flavorful, perfect for an after meal tea treat.

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100

I didn’t know what to expect from this tea but it turn out to be great for times when I don’t want to bother with the whole ritual of tea drinking. All I need to do is throw in a few buds into the mug, simply add hot water and enjoy.

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98

wow, what a treat this tea is, thank you for introducing me to it.

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100

There are many way one can describe this tea but why beat around the bush, YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!

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85

Gently Toasted/Roasted type taste with a juiciness to it that makes it quite memorable! Pair that with the woodsiness and you get a nice cuppa!

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88

The infusion is a very pale golden color, very enticing. The smell has a salty vegetal-ness to it almost reminding me of edamame. The taste is delicious – surprisingly savory for a Chinese green tea. It takes a few sips for this to really develop (at least using the brewing parameters I did), but it is fantastic once it does. Although I am a vegetarian nowadays, I would imagine that this would pair well with chicken or turkey.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
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or a cigar

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90

Got my free samples from Life In Teacup today – very exciting! Yunnan Gold Bud is indeed composed of lovely golden buds (the picture is quite accurate). I used 2.1g in my little 4oz pot (the whole sample was about 5g, so there’s enough for another strong serving) and I’ve steeped it twice so far for 1 minute each. Both steeps are a lovely honey-brown color. It smells sweet, and very tea-ish (unhelpful, I know, but it’s that true “black tea” scent) and a little earthy, like the hay flavor I get from pu-erh and white tea sometimes.

Oh, that just coats my mouth in a kind of savory honey flavor. Very full and smooth mouthfeel; zero bitterness with these steeping parameters. This is really reminding me of a milder sweeter pu-erh, which is funny because I haven’t liked pu-erh that much and I love this. I’ll add a rating after a couple more steeps :) I’m impressed. I’ve steeped this six times now, adding 30 seconds on each pair, and it’s still good (though it finally started to lose a little color on the 6th). This is like a cross between a sweet black and a lightly roasted oolong.

ETA: I ended up steeping this twice more this morning, for a total of eight steeps or four 8oz cups. From 2 grams of tea leaves. Seriously folks, this totally evens out the $8/oz price point. (If you’re interested, it comes out to 15¢ per 8oz cup if you include the multiple steeps, 60¢ if you don’t).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Jaime

I’m so excited to try this!!

teabird

It’s pretty great – I’m on my sixth steep!

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86

Gentle and Beautiful…lovely taste. Smooth and semi juicy. A Delight!

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85

Incredibly sweet yet vegetal. The thing that draws me to this tea is the look of the leaves before infusion…they are almost a gray color and very unique. This is a yummy tea.

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82

This has a cloud texture to it but the flavor is really good!

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82

These are some of the most lovely Yunnan Golden Bud-type leaves I have ever seen…almost PERFECT. It infuses to a manly-brown. The taste is smooth but sweet and a true black tea. Very pure tasting. With a juicy after-taste. YUM!

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90

Sweet, honey, floral, light, , maybe a touch of grass/herb – perfect summer tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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86

After a warmup infusion (95C, immediately drain water after filling small (~100ml) pot), first infusion used 92C water for 15 sec. It has a nice golden color, and a delicious roasted flavor that almost reminds me of a houjicha. It’s fairly appetizing. Brewed the second infusion the same way. All the flavor from the first infusion is still there, nearly identical to the previous cup. Third infusion, still the same, but maybe with a slightly less roasted aftertaste. I enjoyed this!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Tabby

Only 15 seconds? Must be some seriously strong stuff!

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78

I have had good Chinese green teas recently and yellow tea has always been at the top of my list so this one really hits the mark in that it immediately presents characteristics of both. There is an intriguing interplay between the brothy, green aspect and an underlying succulent fruitiness. One takes a fleeting prevalence over the other as the flavor moves but in the end any vegetal notes are enveloped and eventually vanquished by a syrupy muscatel.

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78

Dry leaf aroma is of typical warm citrus and the wet leaf smells like a baked plum tart. The liquor strikes immediately with bright, fruity notes that are very forward though not sharp in the least and is somewhat complex without being very deep. The mouthfeel is ultra smooth and lingers with an aftertaste of peach candy and delicate butterscotch. It’s a very interesting tea that has the fruity characteristics of yellow tea and a the soft malt and slightly metallic immediacy of red tea all the while carrying the typical exotic and amiable flamboyance of its namesake.

Considering the story behind this tea (read Ginko’s blog) and the pains taken by the grower to salvage an otherwise devastated crop, we are now privy to what I consider to be a unique gem, albeit cloudy and roughly cut. Enjoy in this cup not only the tea itself but also the deftness and earnest attitude of its producer. Much thanks to Gingko for sharing this with us. For the price I suggest everyone try some as I feel it will be hard not to love and appreciate.

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88

This is a good green tea for the price. At first it is somewhat savory, which fades after a couple seconds to an astringent note, that quickly subsides into a more unique flavor that is somewhat food-like; delicately sweet, it almost reminds me of gingerbread. This is a very subtle aftertaste though.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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