Yunnan Gold

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 3 g 13 oz / 393 ml

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  • “OK. What is it? The weather? Stress? Why the heck am I so tired tonight? Seriously, I could probably go to bed NOW. Except I’m not gonna. I don’t know what it is with me and this latest batch of...” Read full tasting note
  • “thanks so much for the trade, Starfevre! The leaves here are definitely gold and I did notice a peppery fragrance on the dry leaves before reading about the pepper in the description. After a...” Read full tasting note
  • “1 heaping tsp in 8 oz OK, this is not nearly as good as I remember! Probably because I’ve had much better teas in the meantime. Thanks for spoiling me, Steepster!!! The aroma is what I remember,...” Read full tasting note
  • “So this is the third Yunnan black tea that I’ve had today and the only one that has tasted even remotely right. Smooth and slightly peppery with slight malty notes but not a lot. After...” Read full tasting note

From Adagio Teas

Black tea from the Yunnan region of China. Yunnan tea is easily identified by its luscious soft leaves, and a unique peppery taste. The ‘Yunnan Gold’ as the name implies is an exceptional quality tea with beautiful gold-colored leaves and an abundance of rich peppery flavor. Allowed to take only one tea to a desert island, ‘Yunnan Gold’ would be the clear choice.

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182 tasting notes


well, i should have noticed everyone talking about how not strong this tea is – 3 tsp steeped overnight in a pitcher of water in the fridge SHOULD have made a lovely strong brown frosty tea for today’s overbearing heat (106 heat index!! UGH). it instead made a lovely light brown flavored water. lots of sugar lovelied it up, but i guess i just learned a lesson about Yunnan Gold and iced tea, that is, NO.

i shall save the remainder of my sample for when i’m in the mood for a nice HOT yunnan gold, and treat it thusly.

Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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627 tasting notes

I enjoy this – it is malty and bready and I felt like it had a sweetness, possibly even chocolatey lean. Too bad my cats chose to knock my mug over and I will now be wearing it to work as well.

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55 tasting notes

The first time I tried this it came out bitter. I gave it the benefit of the doubt by assuming that was probably because I had followed Adagio’s deficient brewing instructions, which say to use boiling water. The next time I tried it I used pre-boiling water (probably 180-190F; I’m really just guessing though) and it’s pretty heavenly and not bitter at all. It tastes a lot more like it smells, too, like sunshine on fields and fresh sweet grass hay and all the best hints of wonderfully oxidized tea leaves.

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18 tasting notes

Not bad. Meaty. Vaguely reminds me of soy sauce. Sweet finish.

2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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33 tasting notes

I was expecting more flavor. This tea is just kind of ….there. Drinkable but not memorable. Will drink down but not repurchase.

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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278 tasting notes

I really wish I tasted some of that pepper from the description.

This was brewed using boiling water for 6 min. The tea smells great before and after steeping, but it has a sharp taste that I don’t appreciate.

I try to drink tea without sugar or milk, but it may be needed here. Toward the end of the cup, I started eating a red bean cake, and the sweetness of the cake gave the tea a nicer effect.

Next time, I will add a little rock sugar and see how that goes.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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127 tasting notes

Tasty isnt bad but the caffiene is what makes this one a staple.

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79 tasting notes

A very refreshing tea. It has an interesting flavor that I don’t come across too often.

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5 tasting notes

It’s… dare I say it… very very weak. I used 2 heaped teaspoons in a 350ml cup, and it honestly tastes of water.

Anyone have any idea why? I have a 45g bag, which ran me 11 euro, and I don’t want to put it to waste.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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2 tasting notes

Clean, buttery, smooth and silky come to mind with earth tones toward the end. Great black tea from the Adaigo sample set.

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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