Yunnan Gold is named for the province in which the tea grows. The mountainous province of Yunnan is surrounded by the most diverse ecology and culture on the southwest edge of China. Clouds hover over the green, misty mountains of Yunnan giving the region a dream-like ambience. Bordered by the Himalayas, Yunnan has been known for its tea cultivation of the last 2 millennia. This luscious, rich tea is said to have been produced as far back as 200 B.C. under the Han Dynasty in China. Over hundreds of years, the Yunnan province became the center of trade routes from India to Europe including the Tea Horse Road and Silk Road. The result of such high trade has led the region to be highly diverse in culture, which is something that you will notice in the teas from this area. Due to its extensive history, the production faded throughout hundreds of years until distribution was revived in the 20th century by a cultural revolution.
During the last two weeks of March through the second week in April, the Yunnan Gold is harvested and sorted into differing grades of quality and ripeness. These leaves are then left to wither and undergo a type of pile fermentation. During the fermentation, the buds of the tea harvest oxidize and turn a bright gold color. The oxidization is what gives the tea a full-bodied flavor. Yunnan Gold can be enjoyed with some sugar or even a bit of honey, but often the natural sweetness of the tea can be enjoyed without. Yunnan Gold can also be enjoyed like traditional black teas with milk or cream, this gives a round, and smooth taste that goes perfectly with breakfast. The leaves can be brewed once multiple times, but be careful not to overbrew. Overbrewing will make the leaves become bitter. That being said, the leaves are meant to be brewed multiple times as the flavor will build through several steeps.
◆ Origin: Menghai County, Yunnan Province, China.
◆ Tasting & Appearance: milk chocolate creamy and sweet taste with pleasant pepper notes.
◆ Notes & Well Being: black teas contain antioxidants which help reduce the cholesterol and the effects of aging that is caused by free radicals.
Dose of tea
1 Tsp. for 6 oz Cup
195°F - 205°F
3 - 5 Minutes