Can someone explain the 'yunnan gold' & 'red' types of tea?
I’ve got a really nice yunnan gold which gets enjoyed when a cuddle blanket is needed. Ive also seen ‘red’ teas and was wondering what’s the deal with these types of tea?
Are they basically black teas & why are they different? What other teas fall into a similar category because the one in my collection is lovely
The Chinese term for what we call black tea is “hong cha” which means red tea. Yunnan blacks have a lot of variation in picking standards and processing, but the tippy ones are often called Yunnan gold or golden needle.
So simply put red tea is another name for black tea and “gold” is a somewhat arbitrary term to describe/ name black/red teas with a high bud to leaf ratio
I’d highly recommend checking out Yunnan Sourcing’s selection of black teas, they’ve got good quality and a good variety of Yunnan black/red/gold :)
Do you have a link to the red tea you’re talking about? Some vendors label what we would call black tea as red tea, since it’s called red tea in China. I believe due to the red colored infusion, while westerners refer to the black leaves. But there’s also the herbal rooibos which is also called red tea.
Yunnan Golds are Yunnan grown black that contain tips which are covered with golden hair. Some Yunnan golds are almost completely golden, while others contain only a few golden tips. Completely second the recommendation for Yunnan Sourcing. They have a wide variety of teas that are sure to please you if you enjoy Yunnan blacks.
I’ve only tried this yunnan gold which is very golden leaf and lovely, and Keemun which is a different varietal? So not sure, usually my taste is Oolongs & whites, not so malty. Will need to get samples
Not sure what the yunnan red was,it was on here being reviewed
Ah, if it was Yunnan red, then it’s just another way to say Yunnan black tea.
Keemun is a different growing region.
I liked the wine & fruity notes from the Keemun ive had.
What other variations on black tea are there with different flavour profiles?
So many variations/countries/growing regions… I wouldn’t know where to start, so I’ll leave that to someone more knowledgeable than myself.
I can, however, recommend the purple varietal black teas from Yunnan Sourcing. I personally find them very fruity. And I think this one was the fruitiest black I’ve tried http://steepster.com/teas/esgreen/26508-jiu-qu-hong-mei-twisting-red-plum-black-tea
ok, i will try that sometime. my yunnan gold and ying zhen are running out so i will maybe buy these from YS next
Any recommendations for tea like this with fruit or wine notes? im not mad about chocolate or malt or coffee. sometimes its nice but not every day
omg Yunnan Sourcing have got too many black teas o.O
Yep! The Wuliang hong maofang is very fruity/ floral, and of the ones I’ve tried the Da Hu Sai wild arbor, and the Ailao high Mountian (my favorite) are somewhat fruity as well
yeah im not sure what it is, but the darker teas i have tried that i didnt like were always lacking in either: fruit/wine, floral, butter/cream/oil. i think i need these flavours to balance the dark