Review: Chah Yunnan Golden Tips

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Thumbs up!"This is a delightful tea, one that lends itself to either quiet contemplation or drinking on the go. Highly recommended no matter what your day may hold."
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chahyunnangoldenWhy is it that days off of work always seem to be the busiest? After spending five hours running around doing errands, I am more than ready to brew up a cup of tea. Especially since I didn’t get any this morning. Needing a shock of caffeine to my system, I decided on a strong black tea and found this offering from Chah Teas. I haven’t had the opportunity to try any teas from this vendor who hails from England. Since my only other experience with an English vendor has been very pleasant, I am looking forward to sampling this tea.

This is a gorgeous tea with leaves ranging from a medium green to gold. More than half of the leaves are golden in color so it certainly lives up to its name. Just looking at this tea, I wouldn’t have thought that it was a black tea as the leaves are not the usual deep green/black color nor are they smallish, twisted and wiry. The aroma of the dry leaves is strong. I am not able to pick out any one scent but my impressions are that of sweet fruitiness and smoke.

In setting up my tea-maker, I used four teaspoons of leaves, a brew setting of 210 degrees and a steep time of 3 minutes. Looking at the resulting liquor, I am now able to believe this a black tea as color is a deep reddish brown almost the color of a cup of coffee. The aroma strangely enough now reminds me of butterscotch.

This is a naturally sweet tea with a slight bite of pepper at the end of each sip. I also pick up hints of stone fruits. One sip will remind me of plums, the next peaches and yet another of nectarines. This is a delightful tea, one that lends itself to either quiet contemplation or drinking on the go. I have most certainly put it on my list of teas to pick up.

Oh and I do have say that I am totally impressed by the vendors across the sea.

— To purchase Chah Yunnan Golden Tips, 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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