Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: TeaVert
Tea from the spring harvest in April is considered to be the best because the leaves are the tenderest. When oxidized, the beautiful buds of the tea turn gold rather than black, resulting in a rich, smooth flavor. This tea is deliciously rich and malty, with lingering notes of chocolate and honey. The flavor builds through several infusions.
These leaves are very golden, and they render an unbelievably smooth cup of tea. There are background notes of peppery spice, but a sweet, honey-like note smooths them out and gives the cup an almost “creamy” texture.
The flavor is very rich with a deep, malty tone. There is a chewiness to this tea that reminds me of the flavor of the chewy crust from a loaf of freshly baked french bread. I am also getting the cocoa notes that are mentioned in the above description.
This is truly a delightful, complex Yunnan that I would recommend to any tea enthusiast. It has such a lovely flavor with no bitterness and very little (almost NO) astringency. One of the most pleasant teas I’ve ever sipped!