Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Butiki Teas
The golden tips of this black tea produce a complex peppery mellow yet malty flavor. This full-bodied tea originates from China.
The dry leaves are really beautiful. The picture provided doesn’t do them justice, they really are GOLDEN. But that’s nothing – just wait until you taste the tea that these golden leaves produce!
As I mentioned on Steepster, the aroma of this tea evokes images of freshly baked bread. It doesn’t smell like baked bread, exactly, but the aroma has a way of bringing to mind the cozy comfort of a freshly baked loaf of bread.
The flavor is sublime! It has a rich biscuit-y kind of quality to it. Chewy with a pleasing malty character. The flavor is hefty! This is the kind of black tea you want first thing in the morning! It has GUSTO! In the background, notes of fruit can be detected, with a forefront of delicate spice notes that hint of pepper. The finish is somewhat astringent (although it isn’t overwhelming), leaving the palate feeling refreshed.
While this IS delicious as an iced tea, it is one that I recommend serving hot, because I think that the flavor of this tea is best experienced when hot. It has a mild sweetness to it, so do taste it before you sweeten. I found it to be quite delightful without sweetener but a tiny drizzle of honey won’t hurt it either.
Truly a remarkable Yunnan!