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Yunnan Gold (Golden Yunnan)

6 ratings
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Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Yunnan Gold
Region:Yunnan, China
Product page:Yunnan Gold (Golden Yunnan)

This tea's info last updated: Sep. 12, 2011

Commercial Description

Black tea from the Yunnan region of China. Yunnan tea is easily identified by its luscious soft leaves, and a unique peppery taste. Our 'Yunnan Gold' as the name implies is an exceptional quality tea with beautiful gold-colored leaves and an abundance of rich peppery flavor. Allowed to take only one tea to a desert island, 'Yunnan Gold' would be our clear choice.

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Reviewer pic77 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
(13 reviews) on

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 complex flavor that somehow doesn't get lost even though there's this up-front sort of astringency. Instead of a dry-mouthed tannin taste, what lingers is very pleasant. If it reads like I can't write about this tea without mixing up the pleasant and unpleasant, that's about right. What matters is that the tea never fails to engage, and I keep coming back to relive the experience.

Oh, I also tend to start out drinking this without any sweetener. By the time I finish the cup I usually add a bit. It's more enjoyable with it, but it's so interesting without.
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Reviewer pic63 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
(119 reviews) on

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 started eating a red bean cake, and the sweetness of the cake gave the tea a nicer effect.

Next time, I will add a little rock sugar and see how that goes.
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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
(142 reviews) on

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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Reviewer pic73 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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The aroma is very light and floral and the taste matches! I find the taste to be a mix of floral and citrus with a very mild tea flavor. Very subtle and enjoyable!

I only got a sample if this tea but definitely plan on getting more from Agagio as it might be my favorite of their teas
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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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This tea is mostly golden buds, and it is very similar to the other tea I've sampled that looks most similar to it in appearance, which was Life in Teacup's Yunnan Golden Bud. Smooth and peppery. Compared to that tea, this one has a softer peppery quality. Both teas are slightly Keemun-like.

Requires a long brewing time to bring out the flavor, and does not become too bitter even with a 5 minute or longer infusion.

Aroma is immediately distinct as a black tea from Yunnan...fruity, somewhat malty, very fruity. Not as fruity as the dry leaf suggests. Flavor is extremely initial bite, bitterness, or edge. Rather, a tannic quality comes through in the middle of the sip, but dissolves into a clean aftertaste.

More so than other Yunnan gold teas, I found that the taste in the middle of the sip more closely resembled other strong teas, but this taste also vanished rather quickly.

This tea is reasonably priced among other teas of its class, these pure golden Yunnan teas. Still, I find I actually prefer the darker Yunnan teas, which tend to be less expensive, have more bite up-front, and have no less complex of an aroma.
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Reviewer pic97 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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my favorite tea. smells delicious, tastes delicious. still palatable after over brewing. simply the best.
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