TEA REVIEWS – New Yunnan teas at What-Cha

What-Cha Yunnan

Website: What-Cha
Twitter: @What_Cha_Tea
Facebook: What-Cha
Company location: London, UK

What-Cha recently got in a slew of Yunnan black teas, much to my delight. Today I’m reviewing six of the Yunnans What-Cha is stocking. The dry leaf of these teas are beautiful, and the flavours are equally dynamite.

Yunnan Simao Golden Bud Black Tea
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Yunnan Simao Golden Bud was harvested in March 2015. It cups out an aromatic liquor that is initially golden, but darkens with each infusion. The liquor is malty and sweet (chocolatey) and has a thick mouthfeel. It is medium-boded tea that has mild tannins.

Infusion times: 1m 30s, 2m, 2m 30s

Retail price: 10 grams for £2.25 / 50 grams for £7.50 / 100 grams for £13.95

Yunnan Simao Zhenyuan Black Tea
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Yunnan Simao Zhenyuan was harvested on March 2015. The tea cups out an orange-brown liquor that has a malty and sweet aroma and flavour.  It is a medium-bodied tea with mild tannins. A terrific everyday tea!

Infusion times: 2m, 2m 30s, 3m

Retail price: 10 grams for £1.28 / 50 grams for £4 / 100 grams for £7.36

Yunnan Simao Golden Needle Black Tea
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Yunnan Simao Golden Needle was harvested in September 2014 (although you can purchase one harvested in May 2015). The tea cups out a dark golden liquor with a sweet aroma. The liquor is extremely smooth, and has fruity, plum-like flavours. It has a lingering sweet aftertaste.

Infusion times: 1m 30s, 2m 30m, 3m 30s

Retail price: 10 grams for £1.41 / 50 grams for £4.69  / 100 grams for £8.72

Yunnan Feng Qing Wild ‘Ye Sheng’ Purple Varietal Black Tea
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Yunnan Feng Qing Wild ‘Ye Sheng’ Purple Varietal was harvested in April 2014. It cups out a dark golden to copper-coloured liquor. The liquor has a thick mouthfeel, and it has layers of complex flavours, such as sweet tree fruits, earthy (sweet wood) notes and a subtle Keemun-like creamy/smokiness.

Infusion times: 2m, 2m 30s, 3m

Retail price: 10 grams for £2.50 / 50 grams for £7.80  / 100 grams for £14.35

Yunnan Simao Pure Bud Golden Snail Black Tea
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Yunnan Simao Pure Bud Golden Snail was harvested in March 2015. The tea cups out a dark golden to copper-coloured liquor. It has a sweet, chocolatey flavour, as well as some peppery/spicy undertones that add a nice complexity to the tea.

Infusion times: 1m 30s, 2m, 2m 30s

Retail price: 10 grams for £2.11 / 50 grams for £6.60  / 100 grams for £12.14

Yunnan Lincang Wild Arbor Black Tea
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Yunnan Lincang Wild Arbor was harvested in September 2014. It cups out a copper-coloured liquor that has a thick mouthfeel and mild astringency. The liquor is light in body/flavour and it has malty and sweet flavours.

Infusion times: 2m, 2m 30s, 3m

Retail price: 10 grams for £1.44 / 50 grams for £4.50  / 100 grams for £8.28

 

Conclusions

It was a real pleasure to try all these Yunnan teas. I’ve recently taken a huge liking to black Yunnan teas, and exploring the differences in flavour and body in these teas was fun to experience.

While I enjoyed all of these teas, I would highly recommend you try Yunnan Feng Qing Wild ‘Ye Sheng’ Purple Varietal, Yunnan Simao Golden Needle and Yunnan Simao Pure Bud Golden Snail, as these teas are layered with flavours and will give you a good idea of the diversity that can be found in Yunnan teas. In my opinion, Yunnan Simao Zhenyuan is the best deal of the lot. It offers great aroma and flavour for only £4 for 50 grams.

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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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