I love this tea. It is essentially the same as Upton’s Yunnan Rare Grade. I love to just stick my nose in the goodness of the scent in the container. It tastes like fruit and cookies. Lovely, lovely aromatic golden indulgence!
“I love this tea. It is essentially the same as Upton’s Yunnan Rare Grade. I love to just stick my nose in the goodness of the scent in the container. It tastes like fruit and cookies....” Read full tasting note
“Updated on 10-22-11 after doing a second brewing session with it Experience buying from Jing Tea Shop: http://steepster.com/places/2780-jing-tea-shop-on-line— Age of leaf:...” Read full tasting note
Yunnan Gold is an extraordinary red tea with fuzzy shimmering golden buds. When infused, this lovely red tea creates a smooth full-bodied liquor with a rich amber color. The malty flavor combined with natural sweetness and vigor is unforgettable.
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Updated on 10-22-11 after doing a second brewing session with it
Experience buying from Jing Tea Shop: http://steepster.com/places/2780-jing-tea-shop-on-line—
Age of leaf: harvested spring 2009; received and brewed summer (and fall) 2011
Dry Leaf: Appearance just as shown on website: beautiful light and dark brown leaves. Aromatic, typical of other Yunnan red teas: malty.
Brewing guidelines: brewed a full six cups in standard ceramic teapot using 2” mesh cup strainer; three steepings, 1st a little of the boil and 2 minutes steep time, 2nd at boiling, 3 minutes, 3rd at boiling 4 minutes (brewed the next day, after keeping in fridge). Used a little Stevia to bring out the flavor. My second go around with this tea yielded three good steepings, and a decent forth.
Aroma: a mild malty aroma.
Color of liquor: Coppery.
Wet leaf: This leaf is amazing. There are very few broken pieces (probably from transport and handling) and it’s composed almost entirely of buds, with very few leaves, and a few stems. They are brown in color, where some have a light brown cast to them. The buds look very healthy (not withered looking as I have seen in some tea leaves/buds).
Flavor: Great! Sweet, similar to other Chinese red teas I have had, with the characteristic Yunnan malty flavor.
Value: Considering the quality of the leaf, and the flavor therein, the value is incredible! $5.99/100grams (currently sold out).
Overall: This is my second go around with this Yunnan red tea, and I was as impressed as I was the first time I tried it. Since the first time I tried it I have had a few other moderately priced Chinese red teas, and this one easily stands up to them. I iced some of it and it tasted wonderful! I warmed up some of it the next day, and it was still yummy. This is a beautiful looking, very reasonably priced and flavorful Yunnan.