Review: Life In Teacup Yunnan Golden Bud

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Thumbs up!"The liquor magically infused to the color of its leafy namesake - a vibrant, fertile gold."
Geoff’s Teaview: 9.8/10
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The leaves for this golden bud batch were what I'd come to expect from the cream-o'-the-crop Yunnan blacks. They looked like Yinzhen needles, only twisty and with the impression of gold-casting. The aroma was light, citrusy, and sort of smoky on first impression. A faint impression of malt also joined the fray. I was very eager to drown them in scalding liquid.

Brewing instructions on the Life in Teacup site - as always - were a bit confusing. The last thing I want to see when brewing an early-morning tea is "See Diagram 2a". I failed Algebra, never made it to Statistics, and never write in AP format. So all of this is Greek to me. That and I didn't have the proper gaiwan "vessel" in which to carry out these instructions. I went with a sure-fire black tea default of 1 tbsn (since these were larger leaves) in boiled water for three minutes.

The liquor magically infused to the color of its leafy namesake - a vibrant, fertile gold. The aroma was robust, nutty like smoked almonds, and with creaminess on the nostrils. The flavor echoed the creamy texture with a buttery forefront, a lightly astringent character coupled with caramel in the middle, and a sense of unroasted barley on the aftertaste. Buttered barley, that's it. I am hard-pressed to find any flaw with this other than the mid-taste astringent note. So remarkable a red tea that I'm red-faced as I drink it.

— To purchase Life In Teacup Yunnan Golden Bud, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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