Last month, again as part of my Summit sampler, and not a huge black tea drinker, I tried the Yunnan Gold Buds. What a treat!
I don’t recall the specific impressions, but remember clearly the lovely reddish-yellow color glowing in my double walled bodum glass mug. I hate to make this comparison, but not very experienced with black chinese tea, recognized the flavors I’ve known to be served in chinese restaurants, but lightyears apart in complexity. I know that really betrays what a novice I am with black tea, but it is what it is.
I brewed per the instructions on the package (boiling water, 4-6 mins??) and found this tea to be quite enjoyable. It packed a mighty caffeine kick as well. Drinking it after dinner just before heading to a Cirque performance, I found myself quite chatty on the ride to the theater. Probably a good one for serving with a meal, either lunch or dinner.
This is a very special tea. Showing how remarkably different teas can be, I think I would love to introduce this as part of a sitting, paired with their Tie Luo Han.