REVIEW: The Tea Co – Yunnan Gold

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Tea: Black tea from Yunnan, China
Sample provided by: The Tea Co
Retail price: Sample for £2.55 / 50 grams for £7.70 / 100 grams for £14.55
Link to Yunnan Gold on The Tea Co website

Dry leaf:
– A mixture of medium to large twisted leaves. The golden streaks on the leaves make it a highly attractive tea
– The dry leaf has an intoxicating sweet aroma that makes a great first impression

Infused tea:
– The first infusion cups out a moderately dark brown liquor with an orange tinge. The second infusion is paler
– There is a sweet, candy-like aroma with the first infusion. This aroma is not as pronounced with the second, but some sweetness remains
– This tea cups out a moderate to full-bodied liquor that is sweet with caramel-like flavours

Conclusions/tips:
– Infuse this tea 3.5 to 4 minutes and drink without milk. Its astringency level is low, and milk will stuff up the wonderful sweet flavours
– This Yunnan is head and shoulders above any everyday Yunnan I’ve recently tried. Its sweetness and moderate to full-bodied flavour really makes it a great tea to take in the afternoon with a cheeky sweet snack!

Score:
4.5/5

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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