Yunnan Gold

Tea type
Black Tea
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Flavors
Black Pepper, Cacao, Malt
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec 7 oz / 207 ml

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From Yunnan province which has cultivated tea for nearly 1,700 years. This crop is completely composed of gold tips produces a delicious, peppery, brisk, brew.

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Well, yesterday was an insane tea day – 7 different teas for me and multiple steeps of most of them. So that’s BIG for me. And I liked it. So I decided to carry over the tea bounty on to today. I’m not going to hit 7 – maybe 4 if I’m lucky – but still. Yay tea!

Brewed this up in my handy dandy ingenuitTEA using filtered water from home. I’m pretty sure that makes me a big ole dork, bringing tea water to work, but the water here is nasty and using bottled water makes my tea flat.

For some reason, the leaves smell of fruit. Some sort of berry. I think when I first got this tea, it was sitting up against a plastic bag of black currant tea so I’m guessing the smell soaked into it a bit. Which is weird. But at least it doesn’t carry over to the brewed tea. It smells comforting – kind of like dry grass plus a little spicy and bit of baking chocolate. Plus, I get to drink it out of Totoro so how can I go wrong?

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

I bring filtered water to work as well so I don’t think your a dork. Or maybe that makes me a dork too…

Auggy

Yay! I’m glad I’m not the only one. The tea just tastes so much better!

Jillian

Plain tap water FTW! ;)

Auggy

I WISH I could drink the tap water at work. It’s really nasty. Anything less than almost freezing cold water tastes like you’ve steeped a sock in it.

Jillian

Yes, you’re in good company Auggy. :D

Auggy

Yay for tea dork-dom!

takgoti

Indeed, the Overlords should consider changing the site header to A Tea Dork Community.

Fred

I tried something which I guess is similar from Tea Trekker called Yunnan Curly Golden Buds Dian Hong 2009 Pre-Qing Ming. I am not really a fan of most black tea but that tea was great. It tasted sort of caramelly sugary sweet. Is this what your version of Yunnan Gold tastes like?

Auggy

I don’t think it was quite rich enough of a sweet taste to be caramel. There was a sweetness to it, but it might have been from the sample being stored next to a flavored black sample (both in plastic). But the smell and tastes of the sweetness seemed to increase over time even though I put this one in a tin so I don’t know!

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325 tasting notes

Nearly out of tea. Gearing up for a big order of known unknowns.

I have discovered that the key for the yunnan gold is to blend it with other leaves. This manages the sweetness well. Good options are TG’s malty black tea and, not surprisingly, a fermented pu-erh (which is also made in yunnan, and so, probably very similar leaves to the gold).

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596 tasting notes

Meh. Pretty, tippy leaves, but not much flavor.

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Gah, I was just in the middle of typing a tasting note for this and I accidentally closed the window I was writing in. Don’t you just hate that??

Anyway this is a really nice yunnan from Teance. First steep was at 205 F for 1 minute in the yixing. Tea liquor smells like brown sugar and I am getting notes of malt, sweet potato, pepper and brown sugar. A very smooth and sweet infusion and delicious. The 2nd steep I decided to go for 2 minutes. It is definitely darker and peppery notes are becoming more prominent, but it also has yummy brown sugary, bready notes like a delicious pastry. I am definitely not disappointed with this but yunnans are probably my favorite black tea at the moment.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ve been searching and searching for the best Yunnan Gold Tips out there and these are it. Teance should be more reviewed on here because their commitment to finding the best tea is unmatched. The viscosity of this tea is out of this world. I’ve never had a more satisfying cup of red tea… Laoshan Black from Verdant comes close, but this has a complexity that you just don’t quite get from the Laoshan.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Cacao, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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