Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: The Tao of Tea
Only certain tea plant varietals can produce the golden colored tipped leaves. The golden color emerges during processing and after accurate withering (moisture drying) of the leaves. Few areas in Yunnan contain these type of plants. Other areas known to have golden tipped varietals Hunan and Fujian in China and Assam in India.
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This tea is absolutely incredible. Sure, I probably say that about a lot of teas; trust me when I say I mean it about every tea about which I say it. And trust me when I say that this one might even need to be considered even better than absolutely incredible! Because this is one of the best teas I’ve encountered in a long time … and I’ve encountered a lot of delicious tea!
When I opened the tin, I could smell the notes of cocoa and caramel. YUM! The brewed tea has those same cocoa and caramel-y notes. As does the flavor!
This tea has well-defined chocolate-y notes, with a delectable caramel sweetness. It is remarkably smooth, there is no bitterness and no astringency. There are some deep earthy tones that meld with the chocolate-y notes very well, giving it a rich, luxurious flavor.
I can see why they chose to call this tea “Emperor’s Gold” … because I feel like royalty to have this opportunity to be drinking it. This is one that you want to have in your tea cupboard for those times when you want a little something special … this one is VERY special!