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Yunnan Gen Ben Shi

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Black Tea
Ingredients
Yunnan Black Tea
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Loose Leaf
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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  • “I'm sure a lot of women I know (and some men) will not be able to relate to what I'm about to say, but I'm always looking for the holy grail of shoes, one pair I can wear for most occasions--work,...” Read full tasting note
    triumph 97 tasting notes
  • “I made a gallon of this after brewing up two pots in my ceramic teapot. I probably made it way too strong. Nonetheless its very flavorful and I have to up the score because in my previous tasting...” Read full tasting note
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    chasmargate 293 tasting notes
  • “Well hello there friend. I received this tea from Ellen as my sweetea. Yes that was quite a generous package. Not a bad tea. Unfortunately Upton has discontinued this tea. Which to my dismay...” Read full tasting note
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    thedjbooth 345 tasting notes
  • “I bought a 100-gram package of this Yunnan Gen Ben Shi Imperial tea a couple of years ago, brewed it on three separate occasions, and then it sunk in my tea closet. I recently rediscovered it, and...” Read full tasting note
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    VitoTuxedo 7 tasting notes

From Upton Tea Imports

Description:
This bold leaf Yunnan tea yields a dark cup with a bold flavor, gentle spiciness and delicate toasty notes. A classic Yunnan for everyday enjoyment.
Origin:
China

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6 Tasting Notes

97 tasting notes

I’m sure a lot of women I know (and some men) will not be able to relate to what I’m about to say, but I’m always looking for the holy grail of shoes, one pair I can wear for most occasions—work, a night out, at home in the country and city. I guess this is a quest that spans many areas of life: skiers want one pair of skis that will excel in powder, ice, moguls, and trees; motorcyclists want one bike that can go touring, race through the back roads, or putt around town. It is this impulse in humans that is the genesis of the Desert Island list (what is the one book/album/food/famous person you would take to a desert island?)

Now I know it would be heresy to suggest that there is only one tea that would satisfy all tastes, but there are those teas that I regularly turn to when I’m not in the mood for something specialized. A good mid-priced Assam or Ceylon, or now, this Yunnan from Upton, back in stock due to popular demand. It’s fancy enough for an elegant night out (chocolate and fruit) but unpretentious enough for a trip to the corner pub (malty, frothy, cherry pipe tobacco).

I wish I had found this earlier, but I guess I was too busy being wooed by the flashier golden-tipped Yunnans I love so much. But as every romantic comedy has taught us, sometimes the best partner is the guy or girl next door who has unobtrusively been there the whole time.

Bonnie

Too true! I think I’m old enough to appreciate this way of thinking. My go to tea is Verdant’s Laoshan Black. All choco malty yam wonderful that I’m hoarding a good amount for fear the stock will run out (happens with small farm suppliers!) .

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293 tasting notes

I made a gallon of this after brewing up two pots in my ceramic teapot. I probably made it way too strong. Nonetheless its very flavorful and I have to up the score because in my previous tasting I made it too weak. It’s a strong , complex brew thats perfect iced. I only wish I had more to brew hot for a more tastings. I would recommend it to anyone who likes Yunnans. This is my lazy tea. When there’s surf it’s easy to consume and then out the door. So I brew up a big strong batch and it waits in the fridge when I need a quick fix….

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345 tasting notes

Well hello there friend. I received this tea from Ellen as my sweetea. Yes that was quite a generous package. Not a bad tea. Unfortunately Upton has discontinued this tea. Which to my dismay I’ve been finding some good teas that are no longer available from good companies. I should be content in being able to try this tea, and I am. Which is an overall outlook that I try to keep in life being content in my circumstances. This tea has the that nice flavor that you can pick out from the Yunnan providence, but has a little bit of a peppery kick. A very nice surprise.

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I bought a 100-gram package of this Yunnan Gen Ben Shi Imperial tea a couple of years ago, brewed it on three separate occasions, and then it sunk in my tea closet. I recently rediscovered it, and I’m finding it delightful.

I reviewed my notes for those earlier tastings, and my comments were generally favorable, but not overwhelmingly so. Then I noticed that I had used a 208° brewing temperature in those earlier tastings. That explains it. In the intervening two years, I have gradually learned to brew almost all congou teas at 195°F, regardless of what the vendor’s brewing instructions say. The only teas I brew at 208° are Lapsang Souchong and pu-erhs.

Anyhow, this tea is malty and lightly sweet — characteristics that are mostly obliterated by brewing it at higher temperature. (The 212° recommended by Upton is simply barbaric.) I brew 8 g. of dry leaf in 12 oz. of 195° water for 1:00 min. and 2:00 min. respectively for the first two infusions, and in 8 oz. of water for 3:00 min. for a third infusion. There’s not a lot of complexity in the liquor, but it’s a nice self-drinker with mellow flavor. No need for milk or sweetener.

It’s kind of a moot point now, though. Upton still has a page for this tea (“ZY47”), but the page contains a notice that the tea has been permanently removed from their catalog. Ah, well…it wasn’t a spectacular tea — just a nice Yunnan black at a very affordable price. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of other tasty Yunnan teas.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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