Yunnan Golden Pu-erh Tea

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Black Pu-erh Blend
China Pu Erh Black Tea
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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 6 oz / 168 ml

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Robust but elegant earthy notes with a smooth and mellow, sweet finish.

Legend has it that pu-erh black tea was made famous given as a dowry by Chinese Princess Wencheng in 641AD. Subsequently, Emperor Daoguang granted pu-erh as the ‘Divine Tribute to the Kingdom of Heaven’ and was considered a tribute tea in 1839AD. After drying, the tea undergoes and additional fermentation process, which activates enzymes and provides and elegant earthy flavor. Ours is a rich loose-leaf pu-erh carefully blended with a high-grade Yunnan black tea. Well- balanced, smooth and mellow, the cup finishes with a noble floral note.

How to prepare:
Use 1 teaspoon of tea per 8oz of water. Heat water to 195-205 degrees (90-96 degrees Celsius) and steep for 2-3 minutes. For stronger flavor, use more tea leaves. 2oz of tea equals 25-30 teaspoons.

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19 Tasting Notes

1774 tasting notes

I’m resteeping my second cup of this now. I have so much tea that I’d like to drink and enjoy, but I also don’t want to waste the stuff that I have.

So, I’m going to resteep this at least once!

It tasted much like I expected: warm yunnan notes balanced against a bit of earthiness. And, for some reason, I get a touch of smoke at the end of the sip. I really enjoy Yunnans so it was nice to try this as I’m trying to get used to unflavoured puerh. I’m not sure I would buy more of this as I prefer Yunnans but it’s nice to mix things up, and I wouldn’t say no to a cuppa.

Thanks JustJames for giving me such a generous sample! I’ve got several cups (+resteeps!) of this to look forward to!


so glad you’re enjoying!

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286 tasting notes

This is one of the very first tea’s I bought when I began my tea journey. I was ‘talked into’ 150 g’s of this, and now I’m down to my last cup of it.

I wasn’t too impressed with the tea when I first tried it, I thought it was a little boring; but that’s because my friend, who started me on this tea journey had purchased me 2 flavoured tea’s that I adored.

Now a few months into my tea experience, I can appreciate the subtle nuttiness that flavours this tea. It is a smooth with a light earthy flavour. I don’t recall having this tea ever going bitter when steeped a little too long. It steeps really twice, and sometimes I got 3 steeps out of it if I was careful with brew times.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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103 tasting notes

2/3/14 2nd tea of an afternoon pu-erh flight. 3g/100ml gaiwan/212F Washed. The dry leaf had a delicate cinnamon raisin scent which I associate with Yunnan black teas. After the wash there a richer wet leather aroma – the pu-erh in the blend coming out, I think. The brewed tea was very Yunnan black – pleasantly tannic and astringent, with a low key earthiness from the pu-erh. A bit of vanilla turned up in the scent and very faintly in the taste on the second steep. I might recommend this to someone who I knew loved Yunnan teas and was put off by the intensity of straight pu-erhs.

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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44 tasting notes

I know I just added a tasting note for this tea, but it’s my morning tea. Anyway, I slept very poorly last night, like I laid awake in bed for hours, and I woke up at noon today to—snow. I’m not used to snow, and I was extremely startled.

Anyway, the tasting story goes like this: I decided I’d try to change the way I brew this a bit. Since I prefer the second steeping of this tea to the first, I decided I would try washing this tea with 4 ounces of boiling water before I brewed it. The tea tasted so different. I was really surprised. I still brewed the tea at 190 for 3 minutes.

The smokey notes of this tea came out and covered the bright taste of the original tea. I suppose the Pu-erh notes came through with this steeping. The tea was still very good, but instead of being well rounded and mellow, it became smokey and soft.

But, you are probably asking, how did the mythical second steeping taste? Disappointing. All the complexity of the cup left, and I ended up with the most generic tasting black tea ever.

This was an interesting experiment. I won’t be rinsing this tea again.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

teavana is not known for longevity. i think was my first puerh…. i used to use it as a base for other things. i’d layer all sorts of things on top of it.

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382 tasting notes

simply, this is a beautiful tea. puerh is a daily ritual for me…

this golden version is not as heavy as a black, with a vague nutty flavour that comes with a puerh. it is elegant on its own and great as the base if you like to mix and match. i like it both ways and have yet to find a herbal that it doesn’t compliment. teavana’s azteca fire is a great combination if you like some spice with your morning caffeine!

the higher the brew temp, the stronger the taste, but i haven’t had it go bitter on me yet… impressive!

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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72 tasting notes

The taste comes off alright, though I think I’d rather have the pu-erh or the Yunnan Black separated. The tea blend seems like a perfect fit for a first cup of the day; if not for one small issue I have- one steep only! Sure there are plenty teas that are good for only one infusion, but a single steep pu-erh? A single steep Yunnan black? I don’t think so… how is it that combining two fantastic teas, somehow lessens it’s versatility?

But for what it is, it’s pretty nice.

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78 tasting notes

I did. I went into a Teavana for the first time today. Up til now I’ve been a Teavana virgin but not anymore! Chose this tea even though it looked dirty in the can because nothing else interested me much. The brew took so long, even though I know to expect that, but it is tough to see a long brew of a leaf meant for flash steeps.

The tea had a red brew and a bit of a Lipton taste, but also something sweet that isn’t in the tea. Maybe the tea ware used to brew it had some residue of a previous brew. I tasted rubber band aids.

Oh well, it was a diverting experience to finally go to one of these shops. They have some rather scientific looking tea brewing devices, but I am still just a simple girl.

Posted a photo on my blog, as gamers always say “pic, or it didn’t happen.”


Teavana does not do puerh well. Its as if they try to go out of their way to find the worst puerh. They do flavored whites very well.


I tried teavana once and ordered this exact same tea. I agree it tastes like lipton or some standard black tea. I looked it up and turns out it is a pu erh blend mixed with black tea. The whole 90 second steep thing bothered me too, but it was to be expected. They really shouldn’t call this pu erh IMO.


The girl was steeping several teas, the steep was more like 3 minutes.

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253 tasting notes

Stopped at Teavana and got this tea this weekend when I went up north for a wedding. I don’t like black tea, but apparently I like ripe pu-erh! For some reason I have to add more sugar than normal to enjoy it, but once I do, it tastes quite delicious :)

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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1780 tasting notes

Thank you MissB for some of this one! I don’t know what is going on with Teavana, but with that feather thing, I’m kind of glad I don’t own more Teavana teas. They aren’t really my thing anyway, but their plain teas are usually okay. A Yunnan / pu-erh sounds interesting! I guess it’s blended with both pu-erh leaves and Yunnan leaves and I can definitely taste that. It’s interesting, but at the same time, it seems like it should be either one or the other. I would appreciate both blends independently. But there is an equal balance – definitely earthy dark pu-erh but also an additional sweetness from the Yunnan. Not very chocolatey though. Both cups tasted the same. So sweet though! It’s odd. I’d choose this over some of Teavana’s wacky blends though.
Steep #1 // 4 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min


what feather thing?

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This was my first loose tea to start off my collection and I am so glad. I love having this tea in the morning. It’s also nice at night on occasion since it does have some caffeine. The smooth earthy flavor is a wonderful way to start my early mornings.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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