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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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82 / 100
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This tea was quite singular, unlike most of the other teas from Yunnan Sourcing. I thought it was a good tea but it was a bit too much for me. It's strong, both by flavor and caffeine. I am reviewing the Spring Harvest from 2020.

This tea took up a lot less space than most all the other Yunnan Teas I've tried. The d...

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96 / 100
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This was a straightforward tea that I found easy to like; I became a fan from the first sip. It's robust, easy to brew, easy to drink, and pleasing in both flavor and aroma. Overall, it is more flavorful than aromatic though.

The dry leaf is beautiful, a very bright yellow color, not as orangeish as many of these ti...

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95 / 100
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This was a really enjoyable tea that also had a lot of depth and complexity.

The dry leaf is made exclusively of luscious, thick, fuzzy buds that are kinda rolled on themselves; the picture does not really do it justice. Although it seems to be pure buds, they look a bit more mature than on some tippy teas, and they...

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94 / 100
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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
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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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Yunnan Gold (Golden Yunnan)

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

Brand:Bare Tea
Style:Yunnan Gold
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
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Brand:Yunnan Sourcing
Style:Yunnan Gold
Region:Simao, Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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Brand:Rishi Tea
Style:Yunnan Gold
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
87
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Yunnan Gold

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

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