Golden Yunnan

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Also known as “Yunnan Gold,” Golden Yunnan is a coveted black tea from Yunnan, China. It’s made from the oxidized tips (or “buds”) and leaves of the tea plant, and very fresh Golden Yunnan teas (like ours) are often coated with a fine golden dust. These beautiful, tippy leaves brew into a dark, copper-red infusion with sweet aromas of warming spices, baked apples, raisins, tobacco and wood. The flavor is full-bodied, woodsy and malty, with notes of pepper, tobacco, toasted wheat and flowers. The finish is remarkably clean, with notes of honey and malt. Try it with dark chocolate desserts, plum tortes or lamb with apricot chutney.

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“Honey, I’m Home!”
And I’m so glad to be here. I got home last night, & I am convinced that the state of Florida hates me & wants to kill me. Every part of me was hurting…kidneys, guts, head, etc. I felt that way all week, with most of my symptoms gradually getting worse each day…aughghghghg.

18 hours later, I feel remarkably better, with all of the irritation gradually melting away. My appetite has returned as well. I put myself on an emergency GAPS protocol, ingesting only homemade stock (my freezer is full of single size portions) with freshly picked greens added. My guts are starting to work again! WHEW!

And finally, a cup of tea that tastes good!
(Falls to her knees, kisses the earth, reaches to the Heavens with a tear in her eye, & cries out to the Divine Universe), “Thank You!!”


Welcome back! Feel better soon!


Hahaha. That’s awesome.


Being grateful is the best part! Glad you’re feeling better :-)

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Loving a small cup of this today on my sore throat. Still enough to have another last cup once I’m feeling better, but this morning, this is delicious.


Oooh sore throats are the worst! Hope you feel better!


Feel better!


bon rétablissement Sil


Thanks everyone. I hope I bounce back fast since we’re off to Montreal on Tuesday :)


hey so you can visit the tea shop selling Betjeman & Barton teas ?


Oh! Is there one in Montreal that sells them??


I hope that you will feel better soon.


yes :
Fouvrac – Maison des Thés
1400 rue Fleury Est
Montreal Quebec
+ 1 514 381 8871

Le Fouvrac, c’est le paradis de tous les grands amateurs de thé au Québec! Vous y trouverez en exclusivité du thé Betjeman and Barton de Paris,a voir aussi, une collection magnifique de théières en fonte émaillée, en porcelaine et en terre cuite.

Horaires d’ouverture :
Ouvert tous les jours du Lundi au Mercredi de 9hr30 à 18hr , Jeudi et Vendredi de 9hr 30 à 20hr30 , Samedi de 9hr à 17hr ,Dimanche de 10hr à 17hr

maybe call them before just to ensure they have what you would like to taste :)

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i mega oversteeped this and it is still freakin delicious!
i’ll still drink some down and then add some more hot water to mellow it a bit, but seriously this is a good yunnan. the dry leaf smelled VERY honey to me. like sweetener-added in the most delicious way.
i’m so so glad that i have at least 2 big cups worth left from what Shelley_Lorraine gave me in a swap. this is a tea i could get tea drunk on cuz i’d just have cup after cup after cup!
thanks for helping me through monday.


Always good to have some over-the-top cheeriness from Shmiracles to make me smile through my moroseness :p


in real life my sister says my enthusiasm borders on intimidating.
she always says it in the most loving way.


lol. Good thing we have all this distance between us. Cheery people often frighten me in person. :p I am not so much like my online persona in real life. It’s much easier to act enthusiastic behind the safety of my computer. If you met me, you’d probably be intimidated by my evil glares. (>.<)

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Backlogging tea of yesterday morning….

I have some new samples of this sent to me by Nav of thepuriTea. Even though the samples are not the final sample packaging they will be using, each cardboard pouch contains at least twice what I was initially sent as this sample. And then he sent two cardboard pouches. I did pull out my gram scale, and each cardboard pouch now contains around 10 grams of tea.

I have been regularly drinking another Yunnan, and these leaves are wider and just about as long. They do have some bright orangish tips in them, and there really is a pretty good amount. I think this is a heartier, maltier tea than the Yunnan I have been drinking. There is a hint of smoke, and when sweetened, it brings out a hint of caramel. Maybe it was caramel apples. Anyway, it is definitely a complex example of a Yunnan. So glad I will have a few more tries of it. It resteeps well.

Mug method, 4ish grams of tea, 3 minute steep#1, 4 minute steep #2.

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I bought two of these sample with their going out of business sale. I knew I’d love it — it’s Yunnan. But I just needed samples because I have many other Yunnan samples. :D The leaves come in a tiny tin enough for a few servings! Kind of tough to scoop the leaves out though. The leaves are mostly gold – but enough darker color to promise some chocolate flavor!

Steep #1 // just boiled // 4 min
I went with 1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons. Kind of tough to tell since I had to add a little at a time in order not to spill the leaves everywhere. The taste is lovely of course… I don’t think Yunnan can be terrible. The first thing I notice is actually the texture of the tea – it actually does seem like honey, which makes sense because it tastes like honey. With just enough chocolate flavor… I guess you could say to keep it interesting… but Verdant’s Golden Fleece has NO chocolate flavor, and that blend is something amazing. But I love all this honey and a bit of chocolate. I guess at this point I’m great at being able to tell how much honey/chocolate flavor there will be just by seeing the amount of gold/black in the leaves.

Steep #2 // a few minutes after boiling // 7 min
Another lovely cup! This cup might have more chocolate than honey for some reason. I love this tea. Honey & a hint of dark chocolate. A tea like this must be a cupboard staple at all times. Sadly, it won’t be thePuritea’s blend.


sigh they went out of business just as I was discovering how yummy their teas were.

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This is one of the sample mini tins I got with my puriTea black reserve sampler.

I don’t drink a lot of black teas without additions but the ones I do drink plain usually come from China. This is a lovely cuppa. I am getting the honey aroma and flavor that other people have mentioned. The tea is extremely smooth and devoid of astringency. The peppery notes are certainly present with a slight note of tobacco in the finish. I also tried adding soymilk to it, and that transformed it into a golden caramel-y type of drink. Definitely versatile and good both ways. I would get some more of this!

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Drank the remainder of my sample from thepuriTEA. The smell and taste of this tea is very unique for black tea. Makes me wish I had more to try! Hopefully will make an order to thepuritea soon.

The flavor is very Honey. The leaves are very tippy and golden. Tea brews to a medium brown.

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Steep Information:
Amount: 7g / 2-3 tsp, one entire sample bag
Water: 22 ounces filtered boiling water
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, honey, melon
Steeped Tea Smell: honey and black tea
Flavor: honey, black tea, astringent, bake-y (like eating toast or a cracker), smooth
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: astringent, honey, black tea
Liquor: Translucent dark brown

This tea was one of 5 samples I received from thepuriTea. It arrived well packaged in pretty pillow boxes (see pictures for a side angle of the pillow box if you are unsure what I mean) with packing peanuts and business cards.

This is a smooth mellow black tea that tastes as though you already added honey. Very unique. It is not a strong cup, so I do not recommend as your wake up tea. However this would be a great during the day or while relaxing tea.

MilitiaJim is finding the peppery note when he looks for it at the end of the swallow. I just find astringency at the end of my swallow. Hmm if I chug instead of sip I am getting it as well, nice.

Resteep: 7 minutes, same taste and strength as first steep.

Iced: A strong iced tea, needed some sweetener or perhaps more water to be a sipping with meals iced tea.


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LOL I can hear MilitiaJim chanting Chug A Lug Chug A Lug


lol! yea he is quite the party animal, don’t get in between him and his favorite teas :)

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My morning cup, courtesy of Terri Harplady and the BBBB. Another solid cup from the puriTea. It’s maltier than most yunnans and definitely reminds me a bit of an Assam. Very yummy! Thanks Terri!

P.s. does anyone else always want to yell out “YUNNAN” in the voice of “NOONAN”? I can’t drink one without that thought.

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I thought I’d give this one a go when I ordered my sampler set from thepuriTea. I’ll say this I can certainly smell the honey as this steeps. It also has a hint of that malty smell I love. The taste is interesting as I am noting a peppery kick on the end that others have mentioned. It is very different, but I like it! I love the deep russet color of the liquid too. Very pretty and fall/winterish. :) Perfect afternoon pick me up.


I love drinking Yunnan blacks in winter…try also Imperial Yunnan from Tao of Tea and you might even note the slight blueberry note on Staufs Golden Yunnan


I’ll have to keep that in mind. I’ve ordered so much tea as of late… :)


let me know if you want to try either…could be a christmas trade :)

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