sneakers wrote:I'm certainly very confused. I'm going to my tea shop this week, and want to add Yunnan to my repetoire, but you've described it with ever descriptor possible: malty, chocolate. peppery, chocolate, floral, honey. Does the flavor vary from one estate to the other, or with different harvests?
I don't buy from Adagio, but at a shop in NY, frankly, to avoid the shipping charges. Their Yunnan Gold is $22/2 oz, way beyond my means. Honey and chocolate flavors you mentioned appeal to me, I know I DON'T like the smoky flavor of Keemun, and I've been drinking mostly Assams or Ceylons. Can you recommend another Yunnan?
One more thing:please describe "tippy" flavor.
I never tasted chocolate or honey in YG. The best YG flavour is pure, light, smooth smoke then developing in peppery/floral sweet flavour. At best, YG is much better than Keemuns and Assams, but as I mentioned before, I only get the best results from first few pots out of a bag. Both teaspring and hou de have pretty good YGs that are about $10 or so for 2oz. If you get a bunch of teas from these shops, savings and quality far offset shipping expense, so I'd highly recommend that. It's hard to match them locally for freshness, variety and quality. Teaspring has very good keemuns and sichuan gongfu as well, and a lot of reviews so you don't have to order blindly.