This is one of the finest, the most delicate and the most subtle of the Yunnan teas.
Golden Yunnan is an exceptional crop of a rare delicacy that Palais des Thés experts source directly from the plantations, something which is very difficult in China because the distribution of tea is still very centralized on a regional basis.
Tea color: Black
Steeping Time: 3’-5’
Water temperature: 203°F
Appearance: large well-rolled leaves, rolled lengthwise, with plenty of lovely golden buds.
Color: golden, black and brown.
Scents: woody, undergrowth and honey.
Brewed leaves (infusion)
Color: red brown.
Scents: woody (waxed wood), honey (chestnut tree), vanilla, caramel and undergrowth.
Texture in the mouth: velvety and full in the mouth
Aromas: an attack with plenty of honey, waxed wood, undergrowth, mushroom (truffle), spices and animal notes.
Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: a lovely rich length.
Our verdict: This is one of the finest, the most delicate and the most subtle of the Yunnan teas.
Story: Golden Yunnan is an exceptional crop of a rare delicacy that Palais des Thés experts source directly from the plantations, something which is very difficult in China because the marketing of tea is still very centralized on a regional basis.
Yunnan began producing black tea in the 1940’s, at the instigation of the government, who hoped to develop black tea productions for export. The region offers ideal geological and weather conditions for growing tea: red, fertile soil, a misty and humid climate, and a constant average daily temperature from 59 to 73°F all year round, which gave Kunmings, the provincial capital, built at an altitude of 6,560 feet (2000 m) the nickname of “The City of Four Springs”. Tea growing takes up the whole of the south and southwest of the province. The principal variety of tea bush grown is Da Ye, a bush with large leaves used to make Pu Erh. Until recently, Yunnan produced mostly black tea (which the Chinese call red), but because of the great popularity of Pu Erh, production is now primarily dedicated to the manufacture of dark teas.
Together with Keemun, Yunnan black tea is among the best in China. Easily appreciated, since it is very scented and with scarcely any bitterness thanks to the delicacy of the leaf and the number of buds it contains, it is available in a great many grades.
Tea and food pairings:
Golden Yunnan perfectly matches with foie gras, and for poultry lovers, with duck.