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Review of Golden Yunnan by Adagio Teas

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Golden Yunnan by Adagio Teas

Manufacturer’s description: Our high-grade Yunnan Gold is milk chocolate creamy and sweet, with pleasant pepper notes. The flavor becomes earthier and more layered as it cools. Soft, rounded cup, silky and perfect. It is also a very forgiving tea and will not taste bitter when over-steeped. Allowed to take only one tea to a desert island, this “golden” Yunnan would be our clear choice.
My Score: 77/100
Review: I like this tea, at least when I give it a good week or so between tastings. I’m not sure why I get sick of it, but I do. I think it’s the leaf-pile scent that remains after my nose gets used to the sweet and fruity aromas.
With that confession off my chest, let me stress that this is a quality tea with a lots of complex flavor that somehow doesn’t get lost even though there’s this up-front sort of astringency. Instead of a dry-mouthed tannin taste, what lingers is very pleasant. If it reads like I can’t write about this tea without mixing up the pleasant and unpleasant, that’s about right. What matters is that the tea never fails to engage, and I keep coming back to relive the experience.
Oh, I also tend to start out drinking this without any sweetener. By the time I finish the cup I usually add a bit. It’s more enjoyable with it, but it’s so interesting without.

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