Today was the day for tasting the last sample Teasenz sent me a while ago. The Yunnan Gold black tea was the final tea of the package and I was really excited to try it. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this tea so I wanted to try it for myself. If you want to read about the other teas I got from teasenz, click the following links:
- Liu An Gua Pian Tea Tasting (Teasenz)
- Lapsang Souchong Tea Tasting (Teasenz)
- Fujian Silver Needle (Teasenz)
- Anji Bai Cha Tea Tasting (Teasenz)
- Wild Orange 2009 Ripe Puer Tangerine Tea Tasting (Teasenz)
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The Yunnan Gold I’m having today comes from Fengqing Village in Yunnan Province, China. This particular tea is from Spring 2019 and is one of the highest grades of Yunnan black/red teas (also known as Dian Hong). The delicate buds of this tea are handpicked and traditional production methods are used to make this tea.
The dry leaves consist of long and furry buds. They have a golden colour; almost orange. The aroma is sweet and I’m also getting some subtle citrus. The aroma of these leaves is fantastic!
The wet leaves have lost their shiny character but I can still see that they were furry. The colour is brown and the aroma is a lot sweeter than the dry leaves. It’s intense honey with some fruity notes as well.
- Water 99°C
- 4g for a 90ml porcelain gaiwan
- 1 rinse
- 6 infusions
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Infusion 1 (15 sec): the liquor feels very thick and oily and the colour is a beautiful kind of gold/orange. I’m getting a light sweetness and some honey. It’s pleasant but I feel that there is more of this beneath the surface. That is why I’ll do a longer infusion after this one.
Infusion 2 (25 sec): the colour of this infusion is a darker kind of orange. The flavours consist of a light maltiness at the start and this slowly changes into light honey. It becomes really sweet.
Infusion 3 (35 sec): now the colour is darker gold. There is a more intense maltiness at the start so the next infusion won’t be as long as this one. Somewhere beneath the malty flavours, I’m also feeling some subtle honey and a honey-like sweetness. The liquor is still thick.
Infusion 4 (30 sec): the colour starts to become browner. The maltiness is more prominent and it’s less sweet now. Instead, I’m getting some woody notes.
Infusion 5 (35 sec): the maltiness is less prominent and I’m getting more of the woodsy notes. I also feel that the flavours are fading a bit.
Infusion 6 (45 sec): there is a sweet maltiness that has some fruity notes to it. Pleasant infusion.
I did some additional infusions without keeping track of time but I noticed that the maltiness disappeared and the fruity notes and sweetness returned, which was pretty good.
Before the session, I was impressed by the dry leaves. The leaves were so beautiful to look at. The first two infusions were amazing. The sweetness and honey were exactly what you can expect from such beautiful leaves. The later infusions were less my thing due to a maltiness. It was definitely not bad but just not 100% my thing. The good thing was that I also got some woodsy notes in combination with the maltiness. In general, this tea is more than OK. If you like black teas, I think you will really like this one. I’m just not a big fan of black teas in general.
If you want to try this one for yourself, you can buy it here.