Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: East Pacific Tea Co.
This tea is a treasure from the Yunnan province of China. Since it is grown high up in the secluded mountains there are only limited quantities of this rich tea available each year.
What a remarkable Yunnan!
All the flavors that I would normally expect in a high quality Yunnan are there – but each note is just a little better than I expected. Am I contradicting myself? Allow me to explain what I mean…
When you think of a black Yunnan tea, what immediately comes to mind? For me, these qualities come to mind: complex, full-bodied tea with a rich, bold flavor and deep notes of spice.
The spice notes are there, but somehow they seem more enhanced – spicier, perhaps? Hints of pepper and even a slight nutty taste come through. There is also notes of earth and wood to the cup. Yes, this is a very interesting and complex cup of tea!
The flavor of this cup is indeed rich and bold; well-rounded with a fair amount of astringency that is drying and even a little bit starchy. It has a sweetness to it that reminds me of sweet potato.
What a beautiful Yunnan – every bit as beautiful as a flake of gold!