Heirloom Yunnan Buds from Upton Tea Imports

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yellow

Where to Buy:  Upton Tea Imports (although this tea is no longer available)

Product Description:

Produced in the Yunnan district from heirloom tea bushes, this selection has a pedigree as unique as its character. The flavor is ethereal, with delicate, sweet notes that some have likened to apricot and apple. The finish is mellow and sweet. Supplies are limited.

Taster’s Review:

Ah!  How I love yellow tea.  My absolute favorite leaf type.  It is so gentle, sweet, and soothing.  Yes, I would have to agree with the description, this is indeed an ethereal tea experience.

I actually ordered this tea a year ago (Upton Tea Imports includes the date that the tea is packaged for an order on their packaging – including their sample packages!  It is a very nice feature, one I wish more tea companies would begin to utilize).  I didn’t realize how long ago it had been since I placed the order, and I am amazed at just how flavorful the tea is now, a year later.

The aroma is sweet and fruit-like, reminding me a bit of what my olfactory nerves would experience if I were walking through an apple orchard in bloom on a breezy day.  The fragrance translates into the flavor, as I can taste hints of apple in the flavor.

The flavor is very delicate, perhaps even more delicate than a typical yellow tea might be, reminding me more of a silver needle, but with a complexity that I’ve yet to find in a white tea.  It has a light sweetness to it that reminds me of honeysuckle.  There is even an underlying tone of creaminess to this tea that is very indulgent, reminiscent of the finest milk Oolong.  The mouthfeel is velvet-y soft.

Such a remarkable, beautiful yellow tea.  I do hope that Upton Tea Imports brings this one back the next time it is harvested!


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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