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Yunnan Golden Pu-erh Tea

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price reflects 2oz (25-30 teaspoons per 2oz)
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Tasting Notes
Robust but elegant earthy notes with a smooth and mellow sweet finish



Description
After drying, the tea undergoes an additional fermentation process that provides an elegant earthy flavor. Our rich, loose-leaf pu-erh is carefully blended with a high-grade Yunnan black tea. Well-balanced, smooth and mellow, the cup finishes with a noble floral note.

Robust but elegant earthy notes with a smooth and mellow sweet finish



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How to Steep / Ingredients
Use 1-1.5 tsp of tea per 8oz of water. Heat water to 195-205 degrees (90-96 degrees Celsius) and steep for 2-3 minutes. For stronger flavor, use more tea leaves. 2oz of tea equals 25-30 teaspoons.
 
Ingredients: Pu-erh black tea

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4.0

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Smooth body (15)
  • Aromatic (13)
  • High quality (8)
  • Unique flavor profile (8)
  • Boosts enegery (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Anytime (11)
    • Morning (10)
    • Afternoon (8)
    • After meals (6)
      • Tea Body:
      • Full (15), Medium (8)
      • Tea Flavor:
      • Earthy (14), Malty (13), Smokey (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tea enthusiast (17), High-end shopper (8), Health conscious (5)

    Reviewed by 24 customers

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    3.0

    Alright, but lackluster as a pu-erh

    By Brian L

    from Pittsburgh, PA

    About Me High-End Shopper, Tea Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Aromatic
    • Pleasant Aftertaste
    • Smooth Body

    Cons

    • Flat
    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • After Meals
    • Afternoon
    • Morning

    First off, this tea is mostly black tea--less than half is pu-er. Thus, it's flavor is primarily that of a Chinese black tea, slightly mellowed by the pu-er. It's less astringent and a little more bodied than an everyday black tea, but it's flavor is seriously lacking compared to any pu-er. It holds up for several infusions, but no other flavors develop, and after only four to six infusions it becomes very bland, losing it's slightly smokey aftertaste that I would peg as it's main appeal.

    Overall, for the price it's a decent alternative to some plain black teas, but I couldn't recommend it as a pu-er.

    • Tea Body:
    • Medium
    • Tea Flavor:
    • Earthy, Lightly smokey, Malty

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    5.0

    I feel like I'm camping...in a good way

    By VetGirl

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Health Conscious, Tea Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Smooth Body
    • Unique Flavor Profile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Afternoon
      • Anytime
      • Morning

      This tea is one of the best black teas I have ever tried. Is it my favorite? Maybe...but it is definitely unique enough to keep buying. I love full-bodied, flavorful, strong black teas...and this one fits the bill without the gross aftertaste. Its not a pu-erh, but the earthy and smokey notes come through with this tea. The sweet notes at the end make it perfect for anytime!

      • Tea Body:
      • Full
      • Tea Flavor:
      • Earthy, Smokey, Vegetal

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      4.0

      Not bad

      By Bao Nguyen

      from Hamilton, ON

      About Me Tea Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Aromatic
      • Convenient
      • Smooth Body

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • After Meals
        • Anytime

        I quite enjoyed this blend. bought it to get a feel of what pu erh is like and I think I've got an idea of its grassy, earthy flavour. It is heavily blended with black tea and honestly I feel the black is a bit overpowering. Much of what I tasted and felt was from the black tea, however there is still a bit of (I think) pu erh flavour that sticks out and adds on a nice touch to the overall taste & smell. Buying a full pu erh cake can also be quite a risk if you end up not liking it. However, I'm now motivated to actually buy some real pu erh and try them.

        • Tea Body:
        • Full
        • Tea Flavor:
        • Earthy, Malty

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Unique

        By Aves

        from Fort Worth, Texas

        About Me Occasional Tea Drinker

        Pros

          Cons

          • Smells Like Fish

          Best Uses

            Buy a drink to try this before buying, it has a strong scent and is not easily overcome. It smells too much like fish to me for it to be appetizing.

            • Tea Body:
            • Full
            • Tea Flavor:
            • Fermented

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Yunnan Golden Pu-erh - very good quality

            By Eclectic Gal

            from Palm Desert

            About Me Own Several Puerh Batches, Tea Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Smooth Body
            • Unique Flavor Profile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Anytime

              Have read all reviews. This is good puerh! Have tasted all kinds of puerh teas. I always make it the same way, in a small clay pot, and this puerh tastes just like other puerh. Am happy to find a store 2 miles from me, instead of having to drive 2 hours. Puerh (like wine) comes in many grades and qualities. Excellent for digestion, internal organs and triglycerides.

              • Tea Body:
              • Medium
              • Tea Flavor:
              • Earthy

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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Doesn't really taste like pu-erh

              By Tea drinker

              from CA

              About Me Tea Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Flavorful
              • Inexpensive

              Cons

              • Bland
              • Single-note

              Best Uses

              • With meals

              This wouldn't be too expensive for a real pu-erh, but it's not- it's pretty heavily blended with black tea. It's not terrible, but it's not pu-erh, either. Just tastes like black tea with a subtle hint of malty fermentation.

              • Tea Body:
              • Full
              • Tea Flavor:
              • Malty

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Not all Pu erh, but great for what it is

              By Sean

              from Rochester, MI

              About Me High-End Shopper, Tea Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Aromatic
              • Energizing
              • High Quality
              • Smooth Body

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Afternoon
                • Morning

                This is not a pure Pu- erh tea. There is some, trying to come through, but there is a Yunnan black tea blended in. This lacks the bold, leathery- earthy- sweet taste of top grade Yunnan Pu- erh, but it is still there. This tea completely lacks any leather notes (In pure, top quality Pu- erh, it's almost the whole package), but the earthy- sweetness is still there, with the sweetness slightly accentuated by some vanilla notes in the finish. It's not a bright- tasting tea by any means, so most likely won't be a hit at your next tea party, but is great for curling up alone with a good book or favorite classical music. It's very rich, and surprisingly complex- tasting. It's also got a nice little caffeine kick. I really like the idea of this tea as an introduction to the taste of a Pu- erh tea- Pu- erh tends to be an acquired taste (but certainly one worth acquiring), and this tea would make it easier to acquire that taste, but it's a darn shame Teavana doesn't sell pure Pu- erh teas so you can taste what this tea is missing.

                • Tea Body:
                • Full
                • Tea Flavor:
                • Earthy, Malty, Smooth, Sweet

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The best black tea I've had

                By Boston Carter

                from Omaha, NE

                About Me Tea Enthusiast In-trainin

                Pros

                • Aromatic
                • High Quality
                • Smooth Body
                • Soothing

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • After Meals
                  • Afternoon
                  • Morning

                  This was one of the first loose leaf teas that I've purchased (you have to understand that I'm a bit of an amateur when it comes to tea and this was the first pu-erh I've tried). I originally was interested in this tea for the relatively low price, good reviews, and high caffeine content as I purchased it with hopes it'd be a good morning tea for school. I was pleasantly surprised when the manager (who was helping me) let me smell the leaves as they had a very unique scent unlike other 'pure' teas I smelt. It's hard to describe (again, I'm new to this), but it was almost sweet? I got 2 oz to try and brewed it when I got home. I followed the instructions carefully (I heated the water to 200 and used maybe a teaspoon and a half for the 8 oz I was making) and wasn't disappointed at all. I'm not a huge fan of the black teas I've tried, but this was just an amazing cup of tea. The flavor was so full and smooth. It was bold and definitely vegetal, but I found I enjoyed it, despite typically sticking to fruity, sweet teas. 10/10. I saved the leaves and the second cup came out just as good (I added about a half a teaspoon more leaves since I couldn't save them all). Definitely satisfied with my purchase.

                  • Tea Body:
                  • Full
                  • Tea Flavor:
                  • Malty, Vegetal

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Pleasantly surprised

                  By mico

                  from SLC, UT

                  About Me Tea Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Aromatic
                  • Energizing
                  • Soothing

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • After Meals
                    • Anytime

                    An associate told me this tea is not even aged a year, but is fermented longer to make up for not aging. I was skeptical because I haven't had any aged less than two years before.
                    The leaves could have been sorted a little more, but the aroma and flavor didn't seem to mind.
                    I don't think there are any proper brewing methods listed. Don't try the three minute method for black teas.
                    Water boils at 204°F (95°C) at my elevation. Thats what I brew it with.
                    This brews great, with a rinse and short first infusion and longer second infusion and so on, like other pu'erhs will.
                    I got four good infusions out of one pot. (Zisha clay pot)
                    I think it's great.
                    Wish they had both ancient and young raw pu'erh also

                    • Tea Body:
                    • Medium
                    • Tea Flavor:
                    • Earthy, Malty, Woody

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                    5.0

                    Like it!

                    By Karma Girl

                    from Florida

                    About Me Health Conscious, Tea Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Aromatic
                    • Energizing
                    • Unique Flavor Profile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        I also love Lapsang Souchong and agree this tea shares similarities. Teavana, maybe it's a hint! Use our comment group for your Lapsang Souchong test market!

                        My favorite teas are black, and my favorite Teavana straight blacks are a little pricey for 4-5 cups a day. So I keep English Breakfast on hand. This is great to mix 50/50 with English Breakfast. It bumps up the EB and smooths the YGP.

                        Great all on its own. It is definitely smokey, full bodied, nutty. My first Pu-erh, so can't make comparisons. Oh, if you like milk/ cream / half & half, this is a good one.

                        If you strongly prefer ultra smooth blacks, such as Golden Monkey (one of my favorites), and just know you don't care for earthy or smokey style, this may not be your tea. It is not borderline. If you are feeling adventurous, though, and looking for a new tea everyday priced tea, give it a try!

                        • Tea Body:
                        • Full
                        • Tea Flavor:
                        • Earthy, Malty, Smokey, Woodsy

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