Jinggu "Golden Strand" Pure Bud Yunnan Black tea * Autumn 2013

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  • “I rarely do gongfu sessions first thing in the morning, but I think I need to change that, because my taste buds are probably at their best. (Although having allergies, I feel that my taste buds...” Read full tasting note
  • “This came to me from Terri Harplady. Well ain’t that a beauty. Long downy bright golden strands. Pure buds indeed. The taste did surprise me a little. I was expecting a candy sweet cup, but it’s...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Another tea from Terri via our BBB Box. I really do love that we’re still managing to do this even after nearly a year :) its nice having friends to share in new tea experiences :) I like this...” Read full tasting note
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This tea is made from early spring tea (late September 2013) and is made from highest grade Yunnan Large-Leaf buds! Fermentation is brief and masterfully controlled to preserve the delicate taste and appearance of this rare tea. This tea is the goldest and hairiest in appearance that i have ever sold. Jinggu area tea is often referred to as “Da Bai Hao” (aka Big White Fur) for its prominent hairy white buds.

The brewed tea liquor is golden with the slighest golden and reddish hues. The flavor is smooth and sweet! For a stronger cup brew with more leaves or increase steeping time. This is a delightful Yunnan Hong Cha in both appearance and taste.

Production time: Autumn 2013

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I rarely do gongfu sessions first thing in the morning, but I think I need to change that, because my taste buds are probably at their best. (Although having allergies, I feel that my taste buds aren’t at full function, like I’m missing alot of nuances right now). With that in mind, I pulled out this tea.
This is a beautiful golden tea, with the leaves looking so robust that they remind me of insect legs. Not much dry aroma, but if you heat the leaves up in a warm little pot, they begin to give off an essence of honey & buttered toast.
5G + 4oz tiny teapot (rinse) X 15/30/45 sec = buttery caramel with a growing bass note, ultra smooth bee pollen, & the beginings of a tongue tingle! I love tasting the leaves as they open up.
1min: My favorite cup, so satisfying
2min: tingly almost metallic tongue, spreading to my throat & sinuses & I feel as if my sinuses are opening, as if my circulation has improved.
3min: Making my mouth water & my throat a little dry…kind of a strange combo.
4min: I rarely go this far with a gongfu sessions, but am enjoying the moment. The taste has remained pretty much the same throughout all steepings, & although it’s beginning to wane, there’s actually still plenty of flavor here.
5min: Just a light taste of honey & wood, almost like an elixer of life.
6min: This final cup is sweet, kind of like agave. I have a pretty good tea buzz going.
Time for some Taichi.

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This came to me from Terri Harplady.

Well ain’t that a beauty. Long downy bright golden strands. Pure buds indeed.

The taste did surprise me a little. I was expecting a candy sweet cup, but it’s got a little more character than that.

First, it’s provides a very interesting texture. It feels thick and powdery in the mouth.

I’m a little perplexed by it. It’s brisk and bright, the way fresh green bell peppers are. It’s also a bit earthy and woodsy. I also get plums and flowers. It’s not overly malty and I get no cocoa in this at all.

I can’t say this is my favourite type of black, but I like that it surprised me and gave me a good morning cup.

Thank you Terri for helping me narrowing down my favourite Yunnan Sourcing teas. I don’t think I would order this one, but I’m so happy I got try it but also see it cause it’s so beautiful.

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Another tea from Terri via our BBB Box. I really do love that we’re still managing to do this even after nearly a year :) its nice having friends to share in new tea experiences :) I like this one, though it falls into that generic category of teas that i will enjoy while i have them, but not feel the need to restock or make permanent in my cupboard. it’s a smooth brew, i love these leaves and the taste is really nice. just not knock your socks off :)

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This one is especially for a gongfu sitting. I don’t think I’ve tried it ‘western’ yet.

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