Hunan Golden Twist [Out of stock]

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We were introduced to this tea during our trip to Changsha. It is a lovely tea with large black leaves and golden tips. If you like Chinese black teas, this will be for you. There is a fullness or “body”, and dark honey flavors in the cup that will be a delight.

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2214 tasting notes

This was the second tea with had with our toast and coconut oil/honey spread. How I love this tea! Cocoa-y, smokey, smooth, sweet, and such a lovely aroma. Makes you feel weak in the knees!

I wish they still sold this. I will have to try to hunt out something similar when this is gone.


Oh man, toast with honey and coconut oil? YUM!


Yes, apparently I am one of the last people on earth to find out that this is amazingly delicious! I didn’t have a recipe so I just mixed one Tblspn. honey with one of unrefined coconut oil. Amazing. I had to keep making more toast because everyone liked it so much!


I have to try it now!


Ever tried it with truffle oil? Honey and truffle oil.


No, I haven’t, Nxtdoor, but if it is as good as this, I should! :) Even hubby loved it, and he is a bit picky!


I am going to have to try this!

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985 tasting notes

Second tea of the morning…. (SRP #39)

We are at the end of my malty tea with hints of bacon and light smoke! I may get more one day, but it is time to get a handle on my stash. Farewell, Hunan Golden Twist. You make an awesome breakfast tea!

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Farewell love of her life…ah….so sad…..


I don’t see it on their site right now anyway.


It is under China Black Teas…


Thanks, I could have sworn I just looked there. :)

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110 tasting notes

Arrgh!! I just lost my complete review before posting! What the He** happened?! Many thanks to JenW for this delicious sample. :))

Well it was 5 years ago today [May Day], that I fell and broke my right shoulder blade. What a horrible few weeks that was! I always tried to stay positive during my recovery though. So, today I needed a special tea to make this day more special, and this tea did the trick. :))

I couldn’t detect much dry leaf aroma, but the steeping leaves immediately reminded me of a Keemun. The wet leaves were long & slender with a good amount of tippy white leaves. The cup aroma was mildly smokey, and a molasses like sweetness filled the air. The cup itself was dark brown in color, and again, smelled mildly smokey and of sweet molasses.

This Hunan tea was very flavorful, with a thick, chunky mouth feel on my palate. The mildly smokey, molasses sweetness coated my tongue, and is so smooth-with no bitterness at all! :)) I was also experiencing light berry like nuances on my tongue, which I can only describe as black raspberry. These flavors stayed on my palate for several minutes after the cup was gone.

What a great, comforting tea to start the month of May. I want to buy this tea again somewhere-even if Harney & Sons doesn’t restock it. It is really delicious, relaxing, and comforting. Thanks again Jen for this tea, and for making today a better day! :))

Cupped and Reviewed: Tuesday, May 1, 2012.

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Scott B

I’ve taken to writing my reviews in a word processing document as back up in case the site acts up when I am trying to post.


Good idea Scott! Hey-what a coincidence. I’m loaded with tons of good ideas too! :))


ouch!! glad you’re all better now :)


I kind of shivered trying to imagine what kind of fall it would take to break a shoulder blade. Ouch. Glad that is behind you and you can celebrate!

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Many many many thanks to ashmanra for sending me this tea to try!!!!

Well color me surprised! This tea tastes absolutely nothing like I thought it was going to taste! I was thinking it would be a Golden Monkey on steroids, but it actually tastes quite bacony and smoky to my palate! A bit Yunnan-y. A notch or two smokier than Queen Catherine I do believe. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had something proper to pair it with (like an everything bagel with cream cheese!) but my little multigrain roll really didn’t cut it.

As it cools it’s getting a little sweeter, and I think it’s a very fine tea (VERY smooth) but I have to be honest. I think this is going to my husband, who loves this flavor profile. I think what it is is that it’s smoky bacony not smoky chocolatey which is my kinda smoky (Queen Catherine, Keemun Mao Feng). Who knew there were so many kinds of smoky!?!?! There is ashy smoky like Gunpowder, and piney smoky like Lapsang – I’m sure there are more. Can you think of any? :)

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I had a campfire smokey sort of mate once. I didn’t enjoy it.


Good description, and this one put us off at first, and the next time we drank it we Iked it! Who knows how we will feel about it next time? :)


ashmanra, I had to run to a meeting but when I got back I made myself a cup of Earl Grey like the little froofy chicken tea drinker I am ;)


The Froofy Chicken Tea Drinkers Club. There has to be a book series!


sounds like an interesting tea…..

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