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Difflugia

(27 reviews)
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Ancient Golden Yunnan from Rishi Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 18th, 2017

While somewhat broken, the dry tea is in relatively large pieces and the golden tips that the style is known for are apparent. The aroma is malty with notes of raisins.

While brewing, the tea smells wonderful. The maltiness is pronounced, but tannic, leafy and perhaps mineral elements are also present.

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JGS1122

(50 reviews)
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ZY83D China Yunnan Rare Grade from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 5th, 2017

Great Yunnan. Wonderful aroma, smooth mellow taste. Amber liquor. This was a good choice.

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Golden Yunnan Black Tea (Sachets) from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 18th, 2016

Strong flavor and aroma. Delightful Yunnan. I bought these for dining out. When I go out for breakfast, I take some of these along. I enjoy this tea and find it much more flavorful than the national brand the restaurant offers.

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amaranto

(2 reviews)
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Imperial Pure Bud Yunnan Black Tea of Simao from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 16th, 2016

Appearance: The dry leaf is intact, curled, and often intertwined with other leaves, making it hard to easily separate. The leaf is pure bud covered in a light golden-orange down that comes off on the fingers when handled without care. Some of the underlying dark-brown leaf is visible closer to the non-terminal end of ...

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Alex Zorach

(1284 reviews)
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Yunnan Golden Tips from Harney and Sons

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 8th, 2016

This tea is really strange. I enjoy it most when I don't think of it as a black tea, and I still don't know exactly how I feel about it. I disagree with Harney's assertion that this is "vigorously assertive": to me it lacks the strength and punch of a black tea, and in many respects is more like an oolong or even a m...

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JGS1122

(50 reviews)
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Yunnan FOP select ZY30 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 21st, 2016

Tasty Yunnan. Good aroma, nice flavor.

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Alex Zorach

(1284 reviews)
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Tippy Yunnan from Harney and Sons

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 16th, 2016

I thought this an excellent tea and it is definitely among my favorite Dian Hong or Yunnan Red (black teas) that I've ever sampled. It's one of many samples I recently ordered from Harney & Sons.

I chose this for a very cold morning, because I find Yunnan teas to often have a powerful warming quality, and I found i...

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JGS1122

(50 reviews)
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Yunan Mao Jian ZY24D from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 29th, 2015

Intense aroma, not as strong as a Pu Erh. Rich brown color to the liquor. Mild flavor.

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levers

(13 reviews)
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Yunnan Gold (Golden Yunnan) from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 4th, 2015

I like this tea, at least when I give it a good week or so between tastings. I'm not sure why I get sick of it, but I do. I think it's the leaf-pile scent that remains after my nose gets used to the sweet and fruity aromas.

With that confession off my chest, let me stress that this is a quality tea with a lots of c...

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Alex Zorach

(1284 reviews)
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Golden Monkey from Octavia Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 19th, 2014

A pleasant, drinkable tea, but on the boring side. I usually associate the name "Golden Monkey" with golden, all-tip black teas from Fujian province, not Yunnan. This tea is from Yunnan.

Dry leaf is very pleasantly aromatic, suggesting dried fruit, and a slight hint of malt.

Brews up a beautiful, light brown cu...

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Dian Hong Congfu from Joseph Wesley Black Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 27th, 2014

Dry leaf has beautiful, intact wiry leaf with golden tips, and a mild aroma of rye malt and fruit.

The brewed cup is very dark, but not as aromatic as I'd like. The aroma is mostly fruity, and also suggests rye malt, but the aroma is weak, and the flavor is also somewhat weak. Although this tea is smooth, I think ...

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Ancient Yunnan from Octavia Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 22nd, 2014

Sampled in Velvet Sky Bakery in Jenkintown.

A smoother-than-average Yunnan black tea (Dian hong) with a classic character, slightly nondescript, but with a hearty, warming quality that makes it very pleasant to drink. Not quite as mind-blowingly awesome or weird as some of the ancient-tree Yunnan teas I've had, but...

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Tuirgin

(9 reviews)
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Yunnan Gold Supreme. Organic from Happy Earth Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 22nd, 2014

This tea brewed to a cloudy copper tone, and smelled richly of honey, chocolate, and earthy spice—cinnamon, or allspice, or the peppery side of cardamom. It smelled as if it would be oily, in the way of a full-bodied Scotch, but also syrupy and sweet.

The mouthfeel is smooth, but on the watery side compared to th...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Jinggu Golden Strand Pure Bud Yunnan Black Tea - Spring 2014 from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 3rd, 2014

The aroma is...well, it is awesome, there are notes of dried cherries and apricots, with more subtle notes of sweet potatoes, roasted peanuts, and lastly a tiny hint of cream. It is very much so iconic for a Yunnan black tea, at least for me it is, it has all the notes I expect when sniffing a fuzzy gold tea, but with ...

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Brytta Sóþword

(287 reviews)
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Yunnan Gold from Bare Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 24th, 2014

A distinctly raisin-like aroma and flavor. I like it! No bitterness I can notice. Interestingly, this steeped very quickly for a whole leaf tea. Even as I poured the water (brewed at 200 °F), the water became a deep brown with gold tints. After just one minute I went ahead and removed the sachet, as I felt like it wou...

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SarsyPie

(119 reviews)
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Golden Fleece from Verdant Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 11th, 2014

I’m not sure what to make of this! I was expecting something a little different based on the reviews and description.

Method: about 1tbsp (sounds like a lot, but these are small, pointy leaves), 8 oz, 205 degrees, 2 minutes, ForLife brew in mug strainer

Dry Leaf Aroma: This smells like a malted campfire.

Bre...

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Morning Sun from Mandala Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 5th, 2014

Ehrmagerd! OM NOM NOM.

This tea is amazeballs. I made it like this: 1 tsp, 8 oz, 208 degrees, 3.5 minutes. I used my brew in mug strainer. I sampled at 1 and 2 minutes, but it wasn’t strong enough. 3.5 minutes is perfect.

I am going to try a second steep, but I’m already sold. This is gorgeous. It smells and ...

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Bi Luo Chun Yunnan Black from Whispering Pines

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 2nd, 2014

Oh my. This is a good one! The dry tea leaves smell like malty cookies with a hint of jasmine. Malty Jasmine cookies! I want to bake some to go with this tea.

The brewed tea smells less floral and more sweetly malty. And the flavor... it's very sweet on its own, without any additives. I love that. It tastes m...

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Imperial Gold Bud Dian Hong from Whispering Pines

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 22nd, 2014

The dry aroma on this tea is really interesting. It smells malty, and there's a general roasty aroma. It smells like something I have smelled before, but I cannot place the aroma.

The tea steeps to a light yellow amber color and I taste the same malty/roasty type scents from the aroma.

It's a little pricey,...

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Yunnan Gold (Golden Yunnan) from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 29th, 2014

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 star...

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Sylvia

(210 reviews)
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Yunnan Gold from Bare Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 25th, 2014

I don't like the aroma much - to me, it smells like raisins and cereal. It tastes good, but more fruity than I would like. It has a raisin-like flavor, too. I added cream and sugar.

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Alex Zorach

(1284 reviews)
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Yunnan Gold from Bare Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 14th, 2014

This tastes a lot like other examples of high-quality Yunnan Gold teas that I've tried.

Pyramid sachets are very aromatic!

Upon brewing, produces a cup with numerous subtle aromas. I initially get caraway and rye in the aroma, but then vanilla and caramel. Underneath, there are cocoa tones. Flavor is extremel...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea – Golden Tip from TeaVivre

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 24th, 2014

The aroma is a blend of roasted nuts, cocoa, and beets, it is quite savory rather than sweet. Brewing the tea brings out a fruity quality and sweetness along with the roasted nuts and cocoa quality.

The taste is quite bold and rich, it starts out with roasted nuts and dark chocolate, it has a dry mouth feel and a s...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Yunnan Gold (Golden Yunnan) from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 18th, 2013

I thought this tea was great. I really liked the roasty smell, and thought it was a great tea for a cool fall morning.

I didn't notice a peppery smell or taste at all, so I feel like the description is deceiving.

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E. Alex Gerster

(66 reviews)
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Golden Strand from Mandala Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 16th, 2013

I absolutely adore this tea. Wonderful amber color. Smooth Yunnan flavor with a sweet caramel taste being most prominent and a light spicy, peppery tone as a highlight. Does well with a short one minute steep for the first infusion, 2 minutes for the second, and 5 for the third.

It is a bit pricey, but worth every ...

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