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Postby shogun89 » May 4th, '08, 14:51

I was just wondering if anyone has tried the all gold buds yunnan black tea from yunnan sourcing. I just ordered some and want to know what others think.
Also does anybody have a yixing dedicated just to black tea or yunnan golds in general? :D
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Re: yunnan gold

Postby Salsero » May 4th, '08, 15:17

shogun89 wrote:I was just wondering if anyone has tried the all gold buds yunnan black tea from yunnan sourcing. I just ordered some and want to know what others think.
Also does anybody have a yixing dedicated just to black tea or yunnan golds in general? :D
I have a large yixing that I dedicated to Assams, since the yixing pots seem to reduce that Assam bite. I don't use it for China Blacks they are usually not very astringent. I know there are people out there, however, who use yixing pots for China Blacks.

Last time I looked at YSLLC for blacks I had to throw up my hands in desperation. It was just too much choice and I didn't want to deal with it. They used to have only two: Gold and all tips. That I could understand.
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Postby Al » May 4th, '08, 16:21

I just ordered some of the small bud gold tips. I'll let you know how it is.

Previous to that, I had ordered a large amount of the black gold and was very, very happy with it.
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Postby Salsero » May 4th, '08, 16:33

Yeh, I love those baggies full of tea that he sends! I personally have preferred the black gold to the buds, but I know some people (including, I think, Mary R) adore the gold buds.

Look forward to hearing your opinion when it arrives on the slow boat from China.
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Postby Proinsias » May 4th, '08, 16:40

I use a small yixing for qimen/keemun. I recall reading a post on ChaDao a while back on the favoured tea of yixing makers being something rather similar to qimen. Something about qimen begs to be put in a yixing, I don't get this feeling from fluffy gold tea.

I suspect I've linked to this before but anyway:

http://chadao.blogspot.com/2007/03/cora ... -hong.html
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Postby Victoria » May 4th, '08, 16:54

I have the buds and they are quite good. Two ounces is A LOT of buds. They arrived in under two weeks. Honestly, Adagio Yunnan Gold is just as good if not better.
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Postby shogun89 » May 4th, '08, 17:26

Look forward to hearing your opinion when it arrives on the slow boat from China.

I'll be telling you in a week or so, as i selected air because it was only $5 more and i am very impatient, especially when it come to tea.
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Postby Eastree » May 4th, '08, 17:30

I've only ever tried Adagio's. It's good (I'm not as much a black tea fan as I am a fan of oolongs, whites, and greens). But I mostly just ice it and take it to work. It is, however, one of the teas I like to make a large pot of, and ignore everythign but a steaming cup of goodness and a novel.
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Postby joelbct » May 5th, '08, 12:58

shogun89 wrote:I was just wondering if anyone has tried the all gold buds yunnan black tea from yunnan sourcing. I just ordered some and want to know what others think.
Also does anybody have a yixing dedicated just to black tea or yunnan golds in general? :D


I have 100 grams of YS's "Pure Small Bud Black Tea Gold Tips." While it is not the **absolute** best Yunnan Gold I have come across, it is quite good.

I have tried Yunnan Gold from at least 5 different vendors, and I have found only one YG that I would rate higher (I admit, I have not tried adagio's, but I plan to do so).

This is Ito En's Yunnan Gold from 07, which was my favorite:

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And Yunnan Sourcing's Yunnan Gold (slightly different lighting conditions):

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Postby shogun89 » May 5th, '08, 14:52

Thanks for all the replies everyone. I am anxiously awaiting my package. Joelbct the bottom picture, is that 100 g. of the yunnan gold? If it is I have allot of drinking to do. :)
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Postby joelbct » May 5th, '08, 17:56

shogun89 wrote:Thanks for all the replies everyone. I am anxiously awaiting my package. Joelbct the bottom picture, is that 100 g. of the yunnan gold? If it is I have allot of drinking to do. :)


Nope, that is 40 or 50 grams. Yunnan Gold is a lot of tips, so it is fluffy/ low density...
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Postby shogun89 » May 5th, '08, 18:22

40 or 50 grams!!!!!!!!! like i said i have allot of drinking to do!!!
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Am I missing something?

Postby moretea » May 6th, '08, 01:22

The few times I've tried Yunnan Gold, I've been disappointed. There's a licorish (however you spell it) taste that I don't like. Maybe it hasn't been good quality. Maybe it's just not my cup of tea. Am I missing something? I'd rather have a pu'er or liubao.
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Re: Am I missing something?

Postby Salsero » May 6th, '08, 01:24

moretea wrote:The few times I've tried Yunnan Gold, I've been disappointed. There's a licorish (however you spell it) taste that I don't like. Maybe it hasn't been good quality. Maybe it's just not my cup of tea. Am I missing something? I'd rather have a pu'er or liubao.
Well, I'd say you're in a minority there, but I'll join you in the puer or liu bao any time!
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Postby silverneedles » May 6th, '08, 02:36

heh, i'm about half way thru the yunnan gold from YS , 250grams to go + another 250g of the other type of yunnan gold i also got from him... yup that was total 1 kilo i got ...some months ago :D
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