Isn't this a gorgeous tea? I love the contrast of the dark leaf with the golden leaf. Just gorgeous!
This is my second tea review for California Tea House, and I have really enjoyed this tea! I'm not the best to judge the Yunnan Gold, because I've only drank them seriously for a couple of years. There are folks who have been devoted to Yunnan Gold teas for a very long time. Those folks will tell you that the Yunnan Golds we have today simply don't measure up to the teas of old. (Share your opinion on this topic if you have one, please!) The dilemma is that when the tea market went crazy over pu-erhs, a lot of the good Yunnan Gold plants were removed to make way for more pu-erh tea trees and processing, and it has never been the same. :-(
Nonetheless, I've really enjoyed this tea. I've found it's what I want when I plan to be out for the day and I want a thermos of tea with me. It holds up well over time. I steeped it with water just off the boil (rest if for 30 sec), for 3 minutes and found that to be just right for my taste preferences. I drink it plain. I've really enjoyed this one, and I plan to share it with a friend who knows her "old-style" Yunnan's to see what her take is.