Yunnan Golden Buds Black

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea
Flavors
Fruity, Honey, Pear, Rice Pudding, Sweet Potatoes
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Edit tea info Last updated by John Ciubuc
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 3 oz / 90 ml

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  • “Starting off with around 3-4g, 205F, 90ml with a 5s wash. Very sweet honey smell from the lid and the leaves themselves do have a combined sweet potatoe, honey, pear, and rice pudding smells. Seems...” Read full tasting note
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Full bud Yunnan black teas are an elegant expression of texture and aftertaste. Xingyang’s pre-Qingming picking has been selected and finished to represent a perfectly classic ideal of the Golden Buds flavor and texture profile. The downy buds make for a thick and rich brew. While Xingyang would usually blend buds like this into fine shu pu’er commemorative pressings, it is a pleasure to try such a pure expression of what their fields have to offer.

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Starting off with around 3-4g, 205F, 90ml with a 5s wash.

Very sweet honey smell from the lid and the leaves themselves do have a combined sweet potatoe, honey, pear, and rice pudding smells. Seems verdant isn’t lieing about flavours this time!

Steep times were as follows: 7s, 9s, 12s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 30s, 35s, 50s, 5 minutes.

First steep. Flavour is much different than standard chinese black teas. A very strong fruity / pear taste to it, follows up with a ‘rice pudding’, sweet potatoe, and honey taste.

Second steep. Very strong honey, fruit, and sweet potatoe flavour.

Third steep. Same as second, a bit stronger

Fourth steep. Raised temperature slightly and resulted in less taste! Seems that if I let temp drop to the 190’s or so, it should be good. lets find out fifth steep.

Fifth steep. Flavour starting to wane, but still maintains that honey-sweet potatoe aroma. I also just ate dinner so that could be a factor.

Sixth steep. Mainly a honey taste but it’s getting fainter. Will need to do longer steeps here.

Seventh steep. The honeyed sweet-potatoe is back! longer steeps gave a slightly stronger flavour than fifth steep, and definitely stronger than sixth.

Eight steep. Forgot I was steeping so this one went 5 mins or so. But for a final, long steep, no bitterness just sweetness. Can’t complain.

Overall a really delicoius and surprisingly sweet black tea. I think this tea will average around 5 or so steeps til the flavour starts the dwindle, but those five steeps are excellent.

Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Pear, Rice Pudding, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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