Golden Champion Spring 2011

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  • “Very nice. Smooth and, yes, as advertised, a slightly sweet aftertaste. No astringency at all. When dry, this tea seems to have a lot of sticks and very, very long leaves. After steeping, the tea...” Read full tasting note
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  • “_Experience buying from DeRen Tea_ http://steepster.com/places/2836-deren-tea-online-portola-california?visit=1354 _Age of leaf_: Advertised as spring 2011. Received samples late September....” Read full tasting note
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Harvest Year: 2011

Season: Spring

Source: Feng Qing, Yunnan province, China

Grade: Premium

Product #: 11jph01

Our Golden Champion is a black tea from the FengQing region in Yunnan province, China. This tea is made from the buds and tender leaves of a large-leaf variety of arbor tea trees. The main character of this tea is the smoothness of its liquor, which also leaves a clean and sweet aftertaste in the mouth.

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Very nice. Smooth and, yes, as advertised, a slightly sweet aftertaste. No astringency at all. When dry, this tea seems to have a lot of sticks and very, very long leaves. After steeping, the tea reminds me a lot of rosemary (in appearance only, not taste or smell). Two or three leaves unfurled at the ends of small pieces of stick.

I like this tea. It has a nice body, good mouth feel and overall taste. This would make a good every day tea.

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Experience buying from DeRen Tea http://steepster.com/places/2836-deren-tea-online-portola-california?visit=1354

Age of leaf: Advertised as spring 2011. Received samples late September. Brewed up the day after I received it in mail.

Packaging: Samples: silver translucent bags with simple label.

Dry leaf: smells carmel-ly. It looks as shown on website, like a standard Yunnan black tea: a mixture of light and dark brown curly leaves and buds.

Brewing guidelines: two 8-oz cups of water used, leaves loose in glass Bodum pot. Stevia added.
………1st: Temp – a few minutes off the boil, Steeping time – 2.5 minutes (Great, strong flavor)
………2nd: Boiling, 3.5 minutes (Still strong flavor)
………3rd: Boiling, 6 minutes (the next day) (Still good flavor)

Aroma: Pleasant: sweet and rich.

Color of liquor: Dark amber.

Wet leaf: A number of medium and small chopped pieces, but also quite a few nice buds and whole leaves; a consistent brown color throughout.

Flavor: Similar to one other Yunnan black I have had before, but possibly more flavorful. It has what I believe to be the characteristic Yunnan flavor, which I don’t know how to describe, other than it has what I believe is known as ‘a full body’ and a carmel-ly taste. It still had good flavor even on the third steeping; that is impressive.

Value: normally about $4/oz. I am not too familiar with the standard price of quality Chinese black teas, but I think this is fairly reasonable for the quality.

Overall: I do like this tea. I drank the first two steepings in the early evening—-which I normally don’t do—-and yet I don’t remember feeling jittery (as I commonly do when I drink more two cups or more of any red/black tea. Hmmmm That’s a bonus in my book!). I think I may be hooked on Yunnan blacks!

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