Yunnan Gold

Strong, Rich, Invigorating Yunshan, Yunnan, China
A seductive black tea with creamy malt and dark chocolate richness. A harmonious combination of terroir, cultivar and unusually high quality bud content gives this tea a unique taste and texture.

Yunnan Gold

云南滇红茶

With its rich soils and subtropical climate, Yunnan province provides the perfect conditions for bold, full-flavoured black tea. Known in China as Dian Hong, this characterful black tea originates from the province's Lincang area, near the border with Myanmar, where the Lancang River flows from the Tibetan plateau. The long downy golden buds of this black tea produce a deep, dark infusion, with a taste that combines sweet spices, malt, and a long milky finish. Read our deep dive into Yunnan Gold.

  • Cultivar - Yun Kang
  • Picked - Spring
  • Oxidisation level - 100%

Origin

With its rich soils and subtropical climate, Yunnan province provides the perfect conditions for bold, full-flavoured black tea. Known in China as Dian Hong, this characterful black tea originates from the province's Lincang area, near the border with Myanmar, where the Lancang River flows from the Tibetan plateau. The long downy golden buds of this black tea produce a deep, dark infusion, with a taste that combines sweet spices, malt, and a long milky finish. Read our deep dive into Yunnan Gold.

  • Cultivar - Yun Kang
  • Picked - Spring
  • Oxidisation level - 100%

Origin

The perfect cup

  • Measure 3.5g or 2tsp per cup (250ml)
  • Heat water to 100°C
  • Infuse tea for 3 minutes
  • You can re-infuse this tea twice

Customer Reviews

1 of 7 Reviews
97% of 100
4.85 out of 5
  1. Rating
    80%

    5 years ago

    My new favourite morning tea

    A great black tea. Strong, but also sweet and interesting flavours. My new favourite morning tea.
  2. Rating
    100%

    5 years ago

    Daily exquisiteness

    This deliciously malty tea hits the spot like no other tea. Rich and strong without being bitter or overpowering, it is as exquisite in small doses from the gaiwan as it is from the pot with a dash of milk, where it makes the everyday exceptional.
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    100%

    9 years ago

    Spicy Orange with Chocolate

    On first opening the sample pack, I was hit with the most amazing scent of the dry leaves. A smell so evocative that I went and sat down and just kept slowly breathing it with eyes closed until I could identify it. It was orange laced with clove and cinnamon! The smell was enhanced further when I added two teaspoons of the leaves to my freshly washed glass jug.I prepared a first infusion with just off boiling water for 3 minutes. I was prepared to be disappointed with the taste, because it was hard to believe this tea might live up to the amazing aroma. I shouldn't have worried. First taste showed that this was a sweet full-bodied tea, and then after a few sips, the orange and spice came through. Overall, it was like tasting chocolate orange, with hits of clove and cinnamon, and drinking smooth black tea all at the same time.I did a 2nd infusion for 5 minutes, and it was equally good, but the taste had varied to orange and ginger- in fact I was even getting that warming sensation that ginger gives you on the back of the throat! it's hard to believe that this tea hasn't been laced with spice flavours- if it really is all coming from the tea leaves it's amazing.Halfway through the 2nd large cup of this, I couldn't help thinking of Christmas. Then I was yearning for fruitcake or ginger cake to eat with it. Then I thought- I bet this would be amazing with a tiny spike of malt whisky. Well, that thought niggled me, of course it would be sacrilege to add whisky to this amazing Jing black tea. But I had this whisky bottle by my desk and I kept thinking about it, and by the time I had a last mouthful left in my cup I thought - well, why not, and I added a tiny drop, swirled it, and tasted. And yes, Christmas had arrived in April- this was a very rewarding experience. I would say, drink your first infusion straight, then eat ginger cake, then have a second brew and spike the end of that with a tiny drop of a lovely malt whisky!Alternatively of course, just have the tea- it's such a multi-layered experience in itself.
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    100%

    10 years ago

    From a first timer.

    This is my first experience drinking loose tea I ordered the explorer black teas package. I've been used to drinking what I now refer to as keemun tea dust in a teabag, so figured I'd explore the delights of loose tea.I'm no expert and followed what the pack said about steeping time, theres this aroma that seems known to me when its brewed but I cannot pin-point it, still its really fresh and each sip i try to pick out a flavour, to me it seems fruity.I find with keemuns they are really heavy and full bodied, powerful even. But I never knew a tea like yunnan gold could taste the way it does.I find all black teas leave a sweetness that lingers long after the cup is drained, thats a good thing to me, but i noted each black tea has its own sugar like aftertaste, some like honey.for those looking to experience taste I'd recommend trying this wonderful tea.
  5. Rating
    100%

    10 years ago

    The flavor is layered and complex: bright, smooth, malty, spicy, and clean...

    Yunnans are high among my favorite teas and JING is rapidly becoming one of my favorite companies. Their spring-harvested Yunnan Gold is just that; a beautiful tea made up primarily of bright golden tips. Dry, it has a sweet, surprisingly floral fragrance, with undertones of fine leather, spice, and tobacco. This tea infuses to a rich amber liquor, and the lovely fragrance lingers in a milder form.The purveyors instructions are to steep one to two teaspoons for three minutes. However, I like my black tea strong, and let it steep for five. The result was delicious, without a hint of bitterness. You can short steep this tea for two infusions, but personally, I'd rather have one strong cup than two mild ones. Still, it's nice to have the option with a black tea.The flavor is layered and complex: bright, smooth, malty, spicy, and clean. It has some pull, too, which lends texture to the sipping experience, making itself known on the tongue. One tea tasting phrase that seems particularly apt is mouth filling. The flavors roll through, engaging every taste bud, leaving a clean, bright, lightly spicy and very refreshing note in their wake. As the tea cools, the spice notes become more pronounced.My only quibble and its a minor one is that it is almost too bright in taste. If this tea was a piece of choral music, it would be composed primarily of soprano, alto, and tenor parts, with not quite enough baritone for my taste. Nevertheless, it is a very fine tea and makes for a delightful drinking experience. Highly recommended.
  6. Rating
    100%

    10 years ago

    As good as it gets

    The only black teas I'm truly into are Yunnan teas. And the Gold from Jing is full of that fresh roasted sugar cane goodness that makes my soul weep.
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    100%

    10 years ago

    Arousing rich tea

    Yunnan Gold is full of aromas you won't find in any other black tea... Initially I thought it could taste like something between Keemun and Assam, instead it has an unique personality which can't be compared to any other famous Chinese or Indian black tea.The aroma of the dry leaves gives a good impression of what the actual tea will taste like: the long golden/orange buds emanate a deep cocoa fragrance along sweet fruity scents. The amber liquor retain this sweet character and when you drink it the discrete flavours of black tea balance perfectly with an amazing juicy aroma of citrus and liquorice (sometimes I think I'm actually drinking a flavoured black tea!).That heavy tannic feel often given by some strong black teas is absent, even after a long steeping time, and this makes Yunnan Gold one of the rare blacks that give a delicious second infusion.This remarkable, modern black tea it's also very versatile: warming in the first cold mornings of autumn, and, due to the succulent citrus notes, also very quenching on torrid summer days!
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