Emperor’s Gold from The Tao of Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  The Tao of Tea

Tea Description:

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.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:


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!


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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