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Last Updated: Mar. 14, 2014 

About Yunnan Gold

Loose-leaf tea with mostly golden-orange, intact leaves, slightly twisty, some black/brown leaves in the mixYunnan Gold tea, SFTGFOP grade. This batch consists mostly of golden tips. Photo © Whiteness (Wikimedia Commons), CC BY-SA 4.0.
Yunnan gold, known as dian hong gong fu(滇紅工夫) is a type of black tea (more specifically a type of Yunnan red or dian hong) from Yunnan, China. The Chinese name "gong fu" means "great skill", reflecting the skill that goes into the production of this tea.

Yunnan gold is a tippy tea, meaning that it is high in leaf buds, and is named for the fact that its leaves are golden in color. The large portion of buds give it a higher caffeine content. The degree of golden color varies as a function of the amount of tips, as well as the production process: teas with a more golden appearance tend to have a greater portion of tips, and thus a higher caffeine content.

Most Yunnan gold looks more or less like a black tea with numerous gold tips interspersed, but ones made exclusively of tips can be mostly golden. These teas are called Yunnan pure gold or dianhong jinya(滇紅金芽), or less commonly, jinya dianhong(金芽滇紅). The most tippy Yunnan gold teas are similar in appearance to golden monkey, another tippy black tea that has a golden color; golden monkey is produced in Yunnan province but also in Fujian.

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Picture of Bu Lang Mountain Black Tea from Menghai

A mellow and balanced, easy-to-brew tea that had a lot of aromatic complexity, and an overall character somewhat intermediate between large-leaf Assam and Yunnan teas.

The dry leaf, which looks a little darker than in the picture from Yunnan Sourcing's website, has a wiry and kinda dusty appearance, and consists of ...

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94 / 100
Picture of Mengku Wild Arbor Assamica Black Tea

I found this to be a subdued, but intriguing tea that seemed to have a lot of depth and complexity. Although it doesn't jump out at me, I found that it seemed a little different each time I drank it.

It's also another tea that in many respects resembles some of the large-leaf Assam teas (not just Assamica cultivar, ...

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100 / 100
Picture of Jingmai Mountain Wild Arbor Black Tea of Spring 2018

This is a wonderful thick bodied tea! It has sort of a milk cocoa smell and it tastes a bit chocolatey as well. It has a mild sweet taste and it’s just really amazing! It is so smooth and not astringent or bitter at all

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100 / 100
Picture of Yunnan Black Gold

This tea is soo good omg! The aroma is nice and sort of chocolatey smelling. The taste is smooth and a bit sweet. The tea is very thick bodied and it is not astringent or bitter at all.

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90 / 100
Picture of Yunnan Black Gold

This was a peculiar and rather fascinating tea, a real bargain buy, and a good afternoon tea.

The leaf is very large and has an aroma that is lightly malty, but also rather herbaceous. It smells more like green teas or raw Pu-erh than is typical for a black tea. Both its appearance and aroma remind me of some of the...

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Yunnan Gold (Golden Yunnan)

Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Yunnan Gold
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
52
6 Ratings
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Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea – Golden Tip

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Yunnan Gold
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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4 Ratings
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Yunnan Noir

Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Yunnan Gold
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
64
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Yunnan Black Gold

Brand:Yunnan Sourcing
Style:Yunnan Gold
Region:Simao, Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
57
3 Ratings
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Yunnan Gold

Brand:Bare Tea
Style:Yunnan Gold
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
66
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Ancient Golden Yunnan

Brand:Rishi Tea
Style:Yunnan Gold
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
87
3 Ratings
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Yunnan Gold

Brand:Bare Tea
Style:Yunnan Gold
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
66
3 Ratings
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Yunnan Noir

Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Yunnan Gold
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
64
4 Ratings
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Yunnan Black Gold

Brand:Yunnan Sourcing
Style:Yunnan Gold
Region:Simao, Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
57
3 Ratings
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Yunnan Gold (Golden Yunnan)

Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Yunnan Gold
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
52
6 Ratings

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