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drank Yunnan Golden Buds by Samovar
260 tasting notes

Our fair state has looked like this for the past week.

http://twitpic.com/lr240

Which, yes, is pretty. And I usually like the rain. But it’s gotten dreary and I’ve been feeling lethargic. So when I woke up the the other day and was greeted by sunlight, it made sense that the glorious event be coupled with a metaphorical awakening as to just how exceptional this tea is.

I’m really glad that I decided to pull this one out of my tea stash before the cold I am coming down with decided to rear its ugly self, because I can already feel my taste buds starting to dull.

I’ve been drinking an increasing number of black teas lately [for which I must credit to the fine people at Andrews & Dunham], and I think that that has added new layers of wonder to the appreciation that I have for this tea.

So. Many. Flavors! I mean, I was floored. It reminds me, bizarrely perhaps, of the best parts of movies and TV shows for me – where they do something and it’s funny or whatever and I’m mildly amused, but then they take it past the slightly mundane and all of a sudden kick it into overdrive.

I know that I really think TV shows or movies are good when I am watching them alone and I catch myself laughing out loud, or holding my breath, or becoming seriously annoyed when the commercial break hits. What have you. I know that I really think that this tea is good because three mouthfuls in, I let fly a, “Holy shit.”

If you are going to fully enjoy this tea you need to let it hit all the sections of your tongue, and you need to let it move around a bit. It’s smooth, deep, and reminiscent of wet autumn leaves. The predominant flavors I get are a caramel maltiness and yams or sweet potatoes. Maybe yams because it has more of that sweetness to it. I get hints of a buttery flavor, spices that I can’t place, and raisins. This is a tea that I am definitely going to be drinking a lot more once this cold goes away, because there is a LOT going on in it.

I like it better warm, but it changes as it’s cooling. When it’s actually cool I don’t find it nearly as enjoyable, but the journey that it makes on its way there is somewhat fascinating, so its a bit of a Catch 22.

Plus, it’s one of the prettiest teas I’ve ever seen.

http://twitpic.com/m6s6k

Carolyn

Wow that tea sounds amazing! I’ve added it to my shopping list.

I sympathize with you regarding the rain. It was non-stop here until we left for Chicago. Now it is glorious sunshine and I can feel the sun entering my body and filling me with joy.

takgoti

It’s at the top of my list for favorite black teas. That’s how much I like it.

And yes, SUN. We’re supposed to have nice weather through the weekend here so I’m trying to spend as much time outside as humanly possible.

Hyrulehippie

Why are you trying to ruin my bank account?

takgoti

Misery loves company and mine’s already a hot mess?

The tea is gooood, though.

S

Wow, this sounds interesting….too bad I hate raisins :(

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Carolyn

Wow that tea sounds amazing! I’ve added it to my shopping list.

I sympathize with you regarding the rain. It was non-stop here until we left for Chicago. Now it is glorious sunshine and I can feel the sun entering my body and filling me with joy.

takgoti

It’s at the top of my list for favorite black teas. That’s how much I like it.

And yes, SUN. We’re supposed to have nice weather through the weekend here so I’m trying to spend as much time outside as humanly possible.

Hyrulehippie

Why are you trying to ruin my bank account?

takgoti

Misery loves company and mine’s already a hot mess?

The tea is gooood, though.

S

Wow, this sounds interesting….too bad I hate raisins :(

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