This week’s tea, Whispering Pines Tea Yunnan Gold Tips, comes from Southern Yunnan and picked only once in early Spring. Alongside with puerh tea, Yunnan is known for their exquisite black teas which are mostly made using plenty of tea buds. Use of tea buds gives Yunnan black teas their distinctive sweet, rich flavor profile. This week’s tea is a great representation of Yunnan black teas and It’s a real treat for tea lovers.
Dry leaves of this week’s tea are composed of brown and golden yellow tea buds. Slightly curly buds are quite uniform in shape. The smell is reminiscent of caramel and tobacco.
I brewed it western style using about 3 grams of tea. The liquor was orangish red with great clarity. It has a very strong malty taste. It’s quite sweet with some astringency accompanying the sweetness. It’s no bother though. Very well balanced! The aftertaste was not persistent but long enough to leave a nice trail of chocolaty sweetness.
In a nutshell, I highly recommend this week’s tea for those who’re into black teas and would like to go deeper into Chinese black teas. Although I’ve ordered a few puerh teas from Whispering Pines Tea, I haven’t been able to try them yet. When I do I plan to write a post about one of them as well.