Organic Golden Yunnan Tea: Special Grade (Jin Cha)

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This wonderfully nuanced tea is organically grown and harvested from the ancient tea tress of Yunnan, China. This special grade, “Jin Cha” (Gold Tea) is produced using only younger golden leaves – other grades have a mix of black tea leaves and gold tips. Not as deeply flavored as the more common Golden Yunnan black tea, the infusion still retains the raisiny spice and a slightly malty finish. Very smooth and well balanced the tea can be enjoyed through multiple infusions.

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Thanks to Geoffrey for a sample of this tea!

In comparison to Rishi’s Yunnan Golden Buds (hereafter RYGB), these leaves are smaller and darker (less pure gold). I think that is because this isn’t a pure bud tea. The liquor is also much darker than RYGB (this is more like a dark brownish-red, whereas RYGB is a light red with a disctinctive gold ring around the edge of the cup).

There was no bitterness or astringency, and had a definite presence of honey sweetness, and cinnamon or some other spice. The aroma and overall flavor are not as strong as RYGB, so I am rating it slightly lower. However, this is still a delicious Yunnan Gold.

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Up to that point, I tried my fair share of Dian Hongs (Yunnan blacks) but never the “golden” variety, which was apparently the best way to get it. And, boy, the sommeliers are right. This IS the way to get it. I felt like I was drinking buttered candy with a cup of straight beer malt. It was clean, subtle, but somehow…manly. Also worthy of mention is a cinnamony note on the scent and aftertaste. It was a perfect black tea.

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This is such a wonderful, mellow black tea. It’s mild enough that it doesn’t really have a tannic edge, and the first steep the best almost perfumed black tea smell. Second steep doesn’t smell as heavenly, but is still wonderful to sip.

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