Organic Yunnan Golden Needle

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High-altitude-grown Golden Needle Yunnan is considered to be one of the finest teas in the world. Ours is completely composed of big, downy, almost fluffy leaves in strawberry blond, copper and French grey. The delightful dry leaf aroma is woody and lightly floral, with a hint of chocolate.

The brew’s deep caramel color hints at its bold aromas of drying tobacco, wildflower honey and blond woods. Its honey-sweet flavor is full-bodied, round and brimming with smooth notes of apple blossoms, apricots, buttery, baked yams and chocolate. The long-lasting aftertaste has exquisite notes of tobacco and bittersweet chocolate.

Like any true “self drinker,” this lusciously rich, fantastically nuanced tea is at its pinnacle when drunk without milk or sugar. It is a personal favorite of Randy, American Tea Room’s co-founder, and one of our store’s best-selling teas.

This tea is certified USDA organic.

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This is definitely a quality tea. It is very smooth and mellow. Refined really. It consistent notes of wood, tobacco and honey. It also gave off notes of dark chocolate at hotter temps and was a bit starchy as it cooled. There was a mellow spice on the finish. I love a good Yunnan. This one is pricey but worth it if you like a good Golden Needle.

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Nice review hello how are you?


Good thanks. Haven’t been on much lately due to some back issues that are flared up by my computer chair. ;(


Oooh. This sounds really nice; I may have to add it to my shopping list!

[And sorry to hear about your back.]

Geoffrey Norman

Oooooo, a new Golden Yunnan. YES! Goin’ on the wish-list.

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Incredible, and one of the best of its type. As the others have said, it is creamy and chocolaty while also having a slight woody backnote that gives it some structure. Remarkable.

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Any of you who’ve seen my other updates regarding Golden Needles, Gold Buds, or – hell – anything with the word “gold” in it will know where this is going. This was the most perfect of the perfect. Smooth and creamy, honey-like, malty, nectarine-rich, and basic Midas-touched excellence. If I have any gripe, it’s that I think I brewed it too light. Even with that personal snag, though, it turned out majestic. This was Christ-on-a-pogo-stick perfect.

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American Tea Room

we love that you love it.

Geoffrey Norman

Glad you approve of my approval. :-)

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(Caveat: The sample I received was labeled “Golden Yunnan” and advised steeping @ 200 for 5 minutes. I hope/assume it’s this tea).

Wow. What a smooth, full-bodied, flavorful cup this is. I brewed it for the full five minutes suggested, all the while worrying it might turn bitter, but such was not the case. No bitterness whatsoever. I did not get the tobacco notes — which is fine with me, because I’m not fond of tobacco or anything smoky — but I did sense honey, dark chocolate, caramel and a hint of fresh-baked bread. The mouth-feel is sort of thick and heavy, in a pleasant way, but there is no aftertaste. The liquor is golden-reddish-brown.

This is robust without being rough. Elegant, even. But not delicate. It’s bursting with smooth, addictive flavor. This is how black tea should taste. I’d love to have more of this.

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American Tea Room

We have two different teas…Did you order Golden Yunnan or Golden Needle Yunnan? Or was this just a sample we added? If it says Golden Yunnan than it is not Golden Needle Yunnan.

Geoffrey Norman

I. Loved. This.

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