Ning'er "Golden Honey Aroma"

Tea type
Black Tea
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Flavors
Astringent, Baked Bread, Citrus, Cocoa, Earth, Hay, Honey, Malt, Molasses, Orange, Pine, Rye, Smoke, Tannin, Wood, Fruity, Nutty, Toasty, Wheat, Cherry, Dried Fruit, Cherry Wood, Orchid
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Average preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 4 g 9 oz / 276 ml

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  • “This is my first tea from Yunnan Sourcing in a while and my first review in two months. An un-air-conditioned apartment during a heat wave isn’t the best place to drink tea, but fortunately, the...” Read full tasting note
    73
  • “This is the first time drinking this tea! When I warmed the leaves in the gaiwan without waster the leaves had a fruity, nutty, and toasty aroma. I did a 10 s wash and the first steeping was for 10...” Read full tasting note
    100
  • “I keep meaning to follow the prompts on Mastress Alita’s sipdown thread, but since they are just a couple days a month, I always seem to forget until a day too late. However, today both the sipdown...” Read full tasting note
    74
  • “This is a very aromatic and enjoyable Dian Hong. The aromas are indeed quite complex, with notes of dried fruits and honey. It feels a little harsh and somewhat less smooth and more astringent than...” Read full tasting note
    85

From Yunnan Sourcing

Golden Honey Aroma is a Mid-March harvested black tea grown in the Ning’er area of Simao. It’s an old varietal that is referred to as 老号 (lit. old type), which has been grown in this area by several families for a few decades, although the varietal is much older and is likely close to pure assamica.

The tea is sweet with honey, dried cherry and orchid notes. It is thick and juicy, with a hint of chocolatey maltiness, all wrapped up in a tea soup that has a long-lasting viscous mouthfeel. Your sense of smell will not be left out of the enjoyment, either, as the aroma of this tea is indeed very strong. Honey and dried fruit characters abound, making this tea more than worthy of its name, Golden Honey Aroma!

A delicious tea that is sure to delight and awaken the senses!

Mid-March Harvest

Ning’er area of Simao (Yunnan)

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This is my first tea from Yunnan Sourcing in a while and my first review in two months. An un-air-conditioned apartment during a heat wave isn’t the best place to drink tea, but fortunately, the weather has cooled down and I’m back in business! I got this spring 2019 harvest just a couple months before COVID hit and turned everything upside down at the start of 2020. I don’t know whether that says more about my tea hoarding habits or how long this pandemic has gone on. I steeped 6 g of tea in a 120 ml teapot at 195F for 7, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

The dry aroma is of honey, malt, baked bread, wood, and smoke. The first steep has notes of baked bread, malt, honey, molasses, hay, smoke, pine, and wood. I’d describe this tea as bready rather than sweet. The next steep has hints of cocoa and citrus. Steeps three and four are like rye bread with chocolate chips, which is a thing that should really exist. However, the smoke is also more apparent and the tea has some astringency. Orange is slightly present in the tea and at the bottom of the cup. The next couple steeps are similar, but without the cocoa. As the session winds down, the malt, smoke, and wood become dominant, though the tea remains enjoyable. The final steeps have notes of malt, tannins, earth, wood, and smoke.

This is a nice Yunnan black tea, but it’s nothing special.

Flavors: Astringent, Baked Bread, Citrus, Cocoa, Earth, Hay, Honey, Malt, Molasses, Orange, Pine, Rye, Smoke, Tannin, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Yes, now that the weather has taken a bit of a break from trying to kill me, I am much happier.

Leafhopper

LOL. I hope summer has burned itself out.

Evol Ving Ness

I predict there will be at least one more flash of humidity within the next two weeks. If we are really lucky, we’ll have a few beautiful summer days within that time instead.

Leafhopper

Yeah, I’d be surprised if we didn’t get more hot days. Let’s hope they’ll be pleasant instead of scorching.

Evol Ving Ness

Hear, hear!

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This is the first time drinking this tea! When I warmed the leaves in the gaiwan without waster the leaves had a fruity, nutty, and toasty aroma. I did a 10 s wash and the first steeping was for 10 s at 194 degrees F. The tea liquor was golden as I outed and had a dark golden / reddish hue. I had tea foam from the tea wash and first two pours. When I smelled the leaves after the wash and first steeping the leaves had a citrus aroma. I can’t help but say as I steeped in the tea leaves had a fruity pebble aroma to them. The tea was warm, toasty, sweet sometimes on the inhale. Overall a fun and complex yummy brew. Can’t wait to try again!

Flavors: Fruity, Nutty, Toasty

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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I keep meaning to follow the prompts on Mastress Alita’s sipdown thread, but since they are just a couple days a month, I always seem to forget until a day too late. However, today both the sipdown thread and the Tea Together Tuesday prompts have to deal with National Pizza Day so I remembered!

I planned on doing a pineapple tea since I think that’s where the prompt was guiding us – mostly because a cheese tea or a pepperoni tea seems weird but pineapple isn’t. However, I could only think of one pineapple tea in my stash and it was Pineapple Upside Down Cake and that didn’t seem right. Instead, I picked a different pizza…

When I worked downtown Toronto, there was a restaurant that made a pizza with gorgonzola, pear, walnuts, and honey. That is the pizza that caught my eye. There was another pizza I used to get with more traditional ingredients and then a chili honey drizzle. So ultimately I have determined I like honey on pizzas and so a honey-like tea seemed a good call.

Many black teas have a honey flavor to it but this was the one that had honey in the name, which made it the quickest for me to find when I did my search in my database for a honey black tea. Weirdly enough, its not overly honeyed in its flavor. It is malty an has a touch of honey but there is also the slightest hint of smoke. Also wheat/bread. I guess that works for pizza in a different way but was certainly surprising when I started drinking.

This is good but unexpected. I don’t know if I need more of this but I am happy I have another cup worth to try thanks to Sil’s generosity. Thanks for sharing, Sil!!

Mastress Alita

That pear one sounds delicious!

Dustin

I’m going to have to try honey on my pizzas now!

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53 tasting notes

This is a very aromatic and enjoyable Dian Hong. The aromas are indeed quite complex, with notes of dried fruits and honey. It feels a little harsh and somewhat less smooth and more astringent than most Dian Hongs but maybe that’s also because it’s only 5 months old?

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Another sipdown. This was a nice one to try. I like exploring YS teas. Some are hits, some are misses but most of them are pleasant if not “must haves”

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66 tasting notes

Two months of waffling around on this while trying to use up all 100 grams and now I’m head over heels for it. Thought I’d get bored after a few cups, but no, I have to stop myself from grabbing this when making tea for work because I’ve developed something of an addiction. It tastes like orchids and chocolate and honey and I can’t stay away. Never liked a tea enough to reorder 8.8 ounces of it, but here we are.

Flavors: Cherry Wood, Cocoa, Honey, Orchid

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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