Last month, again as part of my Summit sampler, and not a huge black tea drinker, I tried the Yunnan Gold Buds. What a treat!

I don’t recall the specific impressions, but remember clearly the lovely reddish-yellow color glowing in my double walled bodum glass mug. I hate to make this comparison, but not very experienced with black chinese tea, recognized the flavors I’ve known to be served in chinese restaurants, but lightyears apart in complexity. I know that really betrays what a novice I am with black tea, but it is what it is.

I brewed per the instructions on the package (boiling water, 4-6 mins??) and found this tea to be quite enjoyable. It packed a mighty caffeine kick as well. Drinking it after dinner just before heading to a Cirque performance, I found myself quite chatty on the ride to the theater. Probably a good one for serving with a meal, either lunch or dinner.

This is a very special tea. Showing how remarkably different teas can be, I think I would love to introduce this as part of a sitting, paired with their Tie Luo Han.

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I prefer green tea varieties with a focus on high theanine content.

I generally make my teas using a 10 oz. double wall glass tumbler. Alternately I sometimes use a smaller 8 oz. glass tea infuser. More recently I’Ive fallen in love with a little 5 oz. double wall glass w/ filter kit from Finum. It’s kinda awesome. I prepare the occasional Black or Oolong teas mostly in a Yixing clay or porcelain teapot. I’ve been known to bust out the Gaiwan every now and then too. Basically whatever catches my fancy.

My usual tall glass brewing method: http://bit.ly/brewingmethod

My rating system:

I’ve never really felt compelled to include a rating guide here, but upon reflection I noticed something; I think I’ve subconsciously been rating teas like my papers were graded when I was a kid in school. Do with it what you will.

90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D
<59 = F(ail)

I can quit any time.

PS- Any runners out there can find me on Strava.



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