Yunnan Rare Grade (ZY84)

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Yunnan Black Tea
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  • “FrrrrrrrrUIT !!! Dry leaf: overwhelming aromas of roasted peaches, apricots and figs. Wet leaf: Even. More. Overwhelming. Aromas. This is either going to be the best Yunnan I've had, or...” Read full tasting note
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  • “tired and long day keeping it quick tonight..i hope. This was early morning delicious tea and it was nice to revisit. Bumped the rating up a little because it as much tastier this...” Read full tasting note
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  • “A Yunnan that fits my usual tea profile. This was very good. The leaves are a large percent golden, and long and curly. They brew up into a lighter version of the typical Fujian blacks I drink. ...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Note: the crop reviewed here was purchased from Upton in late December 2013. This tea is OK steeped Western style, but seems to really shine with Gong Fu treatment. All experiments used 1 tsp (2.3...” Read full tasting note
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From Upton Tea Imports

Bold, well-formed leaves with a very high concentration of golden tips yield a cup with complex flavor and pronounced sweetness. Hints of cocoa and a silky smooth finish round out the profile. Recommended for any time of day. New lot with a slightly bolder leaf.
Origin: China

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153 tasting notes

Has that chocolatey smell and taste I usually associate with Yunnans, however this is the smoothest one I’ve had thus far. Also has a bit of a sweetness going on in the smell and taste, kind of makes me think of figs, and maybe even spaghetti squash. In addition, I’m also getting a bit of earthy-mineral notes. Great tea. I prefer this one with a little sugar added.

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I’ve tried two different lots of this tea and loved them both (though the first lot from last fall was a little richer). Typically smooth and sweet, and earthy after a 4-5 minute steeping, I drink this tea any time during the day. Frankly, other than fine darjeelings, or lapsang suchongs I find myself drinking gold bud Yunnan teas almost every time I drink black tea.

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Wow, this is a complex tea. I’m congested so I feel like I’m not getting the full effect, but can taste the fruit notes. Will have to try this again.

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