Imperial Gold Needle Yunnan Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Yunnan Black Tea
Flavors
Citrus Zest, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Nutty, Plum, Raisins, Spices, Alcohol, Anise, Bark, Berries, Broth, Caramel, Cherry, Chestnut, Chicken Soup, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cocoa, Floral, Grain, Lemon Zest, Licorice, Molasses, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Rose, Rum, Sweet, Vanilla, Vegetables, Wood, Chocolate, Tannic, Melon, Sweet Potatoes, Honey, Mushrooms, Umami, Nutmeg, Spicy, Creamy, Honey Dew, Flowers, Bread, Dates, Meat, Smooth, Thick, Cucumber, Honeydew, Pastries
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Caffeine
High
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Shae
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec 6 g 10 oz / 294 ml

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  • “sad to see this one go. I started my morning out with this one as there are still a few things to be doing around the house as we have friends coming over for dinner and board games…and i’m still...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I’ve been avoiding steepster for awhile. I’m back. YS is the company I buy the majority of my teas from, and this one is among my favorites. Today I’m attempting to compare the Spring and Fall...” Read full tasting note
  • “I like this one a lot more than I expected to! I’ve made it gong fu style style and am on something like my 5th steep and it’s still going strong. Chocolaty, sweet, malty, not hay-y like I was...” Read full tasting note
  • “Autumn 2013 This was an excellent tea which I enjoyed over six steepings. Upon opening the package, I could immediately smell the vibrant floral qualities of the tea. The tea was very fragrant, and...” Read full tasting note
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From Yunnan Sourcing

Picked from tea plants growing in Ning’Er county in Simao prefecture. Only the bud shoots were picked. The tea is lightly wilted and processed to keep it’s delicate taste and appearance intact. A kind of chocolate and malt taste comes from the brewed gold-orange tea soup. Aroma is thick and sweet. An enjoyable experience comes from the aroma, flavor and appearance of this lovely tea.

Spring Harvest is in March, Autumn Harvest is Late-September

https://yunnansourcing.com/products/imperial-gold-needle-yunnan-black-tea

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sad to see this one go. I started my morning out with this one as there are still a few things to be doing around the house as we have friends coming over for dinner and board games…and i’m still working as some things came to light from last night’s testing that i need to sort out. I love this tea and i can’t even explain why. there’s something about it that just makes me want to drink it. Plus the leaves always make me smile :)

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I’ve been avoiding steepster for awhile. I’m back.
YS is the company I buy the majority of my teas from, and this one is among my favorites.
Today I’m attempting to compare the Spring and Fall versions of this tea, both from 2015. So far all I can really say is that I enjoy them both, but the Spring rendition is probably preferred over the Fall. Why?
It has a sweeter taste and a creamier mouth.
Also, the Fall version is a little heavier in the kind of grassy hay-like flavor.

Having said that, I will happily drink either one of them on any day of the week!

mrs.stenhouse12

Welcome back! :D

juliebeth

hey me too, on a. being away from steepster and b. loving the IGNYBT! :)

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I like this one a lot more than I expected to! I’ve made it gong fu style style and am on something like my 5th steep and it’s still going strong. Chocolaty, sweet, malty, not hay-y like I was expecting. This is a great cup. Thanks Terri Harplady!

Terri HarpLady

I’ve really enjoyed the teas I got from YS, & actually I’m drinking my first steep of this one right now!

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Autumn 2013
This was an excellent tea which I enjoyed over six steepings. Upon opening the package, I could immediately smell the vibrant floral qualities of the tea. The tea was very fragrant, and smelled wonderful- a scent matching the beautiful leaves.

The dried leaves were a rich golden color, and were very straight and pointed. The brewed leaves retained the wonderful qualities of the dried tea, and produced a very refreshing brew- a bit of maltiness, floral notes, and a sweet aftertaste with hints of chocolate in the finish. Each steeping changed only slightly, increasing in floral notes.

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Friend not invite you to a wedding? Cuppa. Frustrated because Priceline’s customer service doesn’t seem to be taking you seriously? Cuppa. Nothing calms one down like a cuppa. Especially when it’s a cuppa that has so many interesting aromatics and flavors. I’m on my second gong fu steeping. Didn’t have time to fully enjoy the first one because the time before school is hectic. But every sip I take gets me closer to calm and brightens my palate. (okay… I’m sensing a need for a song parody of Every Move You Make) There is so much going on in this cup. Sweet. Sugar cane. Citrus. Woods. Bits of cocoa. Leather. Oaks and cedars. The aroma is musty, earthy, old wood house.

gmathis

So glad you had that to hand on what sounds like a frustrating day.

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A really nice Dianhong. I got the Spring 2022 harvest of this tea from my YS order, and I got to say it is quite nice! Strong and complex taste with a nice aroma, a moderate finish and a nice chaqi. I felt that this tea could do better in terms of texture, which was quite rough and chalky, and in terms of character. If it offered a bit more, I would’ve highly recommended it to everyone I know, but it gets a decent recommendation for now.

Flavors: Citrus Zest, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Nutty, Plum, Raisins, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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[Spring 2019 harvest]

This is a very elegant black tea with a lot of complexity, especially in its aromas. The first infusion tends to not be very interesting, but once it picks up steam, it’s very easy to enjoy the tea.

Before the rinse, I can smell aromas of cherry, caramel, and roasted grains. On the other hand, a range of scents present themselves afterwards – including molasses, berries, rum, chicken broth, chestnuts, and various spices.

The taste is sweet with flavours such as those of roasted onion, cocoa, tree bark, malt, lemon zest, and licorice. In the aftertaste, I also detect vanilla and some rose-like floral notes. The body is medium, but the texture is smooth and viscous, which definitely helps the experience.

Flavors: Alcohol, Anise, Bark, Berries, Broth, Caramel, Cherry, Chestnut, Chicken Soup, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cocoa, Floral, Grain, Lemon Zest, Licorice, Malt, Molasses, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Rose, Rum, Spices, Sweet, Vanilla, Vegetables, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Arby Advent Backlog
I prefer a maltier black tea, so I thought this was just rather light and all right. Just not my preference!

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(sipdown of an older sample from Mackie)

I think this has long some of its flavor because it was the 2015 harvest. The first cup I added some soy milk hoping to bring out the rich cocoa notes. It didn’t give a lot of flavor, so my second steep I went with half of the water and only water, also I used boiling water instead of the moderate temperature I normally use. The second cup was much better and it steeped a rich amber-brown and had a distinctly cocoa flavour. It also gets a bit tannic if you let it steep too long, so be careful. I get an acidity but also smooth malty notes.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt, Tannic

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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Yes, this is good too! Another magic black tea strikes again! I looked more into my previous black tea apathy, and it struck me that I actually have more black teas in my cupboards than any other tea type (including oolong). Seems I’m generally not picking up the right black tea for me. Maybe I need to go for more of this and less of the flavoured stuff.

Thank you for sending me some of this beautiful tea, Arby!

Steep Count: 2

(2017 harvest)

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt, Melon, Plum, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Sil

black tea…yes to unflavoured ones that make your heart sing!

Dexter

Awesome that you are finding some blacks you love.

Leafhopper

I also have a preponderance of black teas in my cupboard, partly because my oolongs go so fast and partly because I don’t seem to pick black teas well. They’re either too malty or just weird. Here’s to finding black teas we enjoy!

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