Yunnan Assamica Gold Needle Black Tea * Spring 2017

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea Leaves
Flavors
Brown Sugar, Chocolate, Cookie, Honey, Malt, Marshmallow, Sugarcane, Yams, Yeast
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Not available
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Edit tea info Last updated by eastkyteaguy
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 5 oz / 140 ml

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  • “Bought this tea last Spring and opened the bag recently, pretty leaves with sugarcane aroma. It is a nice morning tea with a pleasant sweet malty taste. I went heavy on the leaf but the tea is...” Read full tasting note
  • “The dry leaf smells exactly like chocolate chip cookies with a bit more malt, I let this tea sit for a few months to settle into itself before brewing, but I think it was one of the quicker to...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Today I took my last exam of the semester, and I’ve got about two weeks before summer semester starts. That translates into two weeks to drink lots of tea! This is a very nice Yunnan black that...” Read full tasting note
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Picked in early March in and then expertly processed by a small Ning’er area village cooperative this burly black tea features thick stems, with leaves and buds covered with downy hairs. The withering process has given the buds a deep copper-gold color and the leaves a brown black color. The flavor is very sweet, but there is a slight mineral astringency to counter it. The depth and thick viscous texture of the tea and the heavy sugarcane aroma makes for a delightful experience.

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Bought this tea last Spring and opened the bag recently, pretty leaves with sugarcane aroma.
It is a nice morning tea with a pleasant sweet malty taste. I went heavy on the leaf but the tea is very affordable.

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The dry leaf smells exactly like chocolate chip cookies with a bit more malt, I let this tea sit for a few months to settle into itself before brewing, but I think it was one of the quicker to acclimate black teas I have tried.

I brewed up 6g in my 120ml gaiwan with 190F water, and the liquor brews into a delightful light brown color (almost with a hint of light green) that gets darker at each infusion. It smells heavily of malt and chocolate like a malted chocolate shake with a hint of the more plant like sugarcane. The taste is pleasantly balanced with an undercurrent of astringency that accentuates the sweetness and keeps it from being as one note. I get heavy malt and sugarcane with marshmallow and chocolate taking a step back but still very much there. The mouth feel is like drinking soup, much more reminiscent of a bud/tip heavy tea, or a good puer.

I get about 10 infusions out of every session with the second to last infusion at 200F and the last infusion at a rolling boil ( at my altitude `~2k meters water boils not much above 200F) The taste steadily moves into more malty flavors and picks up more astringency.

I am usually a big fan of black tea made from material traditionally used to make puer, and this tea is no exception. I find myself reaching for this tea every other day to start off my morning, and it pairs spectacularly well with my sourdough cinnamon rolls I have been perfecting lately. I’m almost out of my 100g, and this will be in my next YS order.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Chocolate, Cookie, Honey, Malt, Marshmallow, Sugarcane

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Today I took my last exam of the semester, and I’ve got about two weeks before summer semester starts. That translates into two weeks to drink lots of tea!

This is a very nice Yunnan black that brews a dark orange. The leaves are really pretty; they’re long and pressed into straight needles with many furry gold buds.

It’s a medium bodied brew with lots of malt and milk chocolate with a bit of yam and a doughy/yeasty quality. As mentioned by someone on Reddit, this tea tastes like chocolate chip cookies! It’s not the most complex tea, but it’s really tasty and goes among my favorite blacks from YS.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Yams, Yeast

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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