The difference is bud/leaf ratio and flavor profile. Some are all buds, some are mixed, some have no buds; some are spicy while others could be smooth and sweet. The descriptions on YS's website seem to address those issues fairly well. AFIAK they are all fairly good quality - the ones I've had certainly are.Rithmomachy wrote:Yunnan Sourcing has a plethora of blacks to try though. What's the difference? Is price indicative of quality?
spinmail wrote:Adagio's Yunnan teas have a good reputation and outstanding reviews, but the price could be more competitive.
On the other hand, I'm intrigued by two offerings by Yunnan Sourcing: "Spring '10 Feng Qing 1 Leaf 1 Bud Yunnan Black tea," and "Mojiang "Gold Needle" Yunnan Black." I wonder if others have had good experiences with these teas.
entropyembrace wrote:It´s mostly a matter of preference...all buds is usually more expensive but it´s not nessesarily better. Older leaves give a heavier mouth feel and more robust flavours. Pure buds are usually quite mild and delicate.
Serg wrote:I have also tried 2010 Jinggu "Golden Strand" Pure Bud from yunnan sourcing and I agree that it is sweet and smooth, very sweet indeed. But the brew is not quite transparent, it's cloudy. Is it a common case with red teas? Also when pouring hot water into a teapot a lot of foam emerges on the surface. I dont get such amounts of foam with other kinds of tea. Is foam related to tea quality in some way?