Results: A chocolate and maple lovers dream come true. Absolutely one of the best teas I’ve ever tasted & now a recommended Gong-Go Essential everyone should have in their tea collection.
Vendor: Yunnan Sourcing ($5.00 off any order by using my link here)
Tea: Imperial Pure Gold Bi Luo Chung
Type: Black Tea
Origin: Feng Qing County, Yunnan Province, China
Tasting: 14/ 200°/ 8oz / R10-10-15-20-30-45 / boil for iced tea
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Average number of infusions: 5
I ordered this tea mainly because of its Bi Luo Chun (Green Snail Spring) shape. I’ve never seen a black tea produced in this form and I was instantly inspired with a number of ideas for art projects the moment I saw it. Since I’ve never had tea come out Yunnan that I didn’t like, I felt confident I wouldn’t be wasting my money and ordered 50 grams along with a “Black Gold” Bi Luo Chun for comparison.
The first thing I fell in love with about this tea is not something ever experienced with any other tea – it felt like feathers or velvet to the touch. The silky smooth texture of the finely haired buds made me want to hold and pet it.
After my first round of steepings, I boiled up the remaining leaves and let them dry out for an art project. When I went to get them, I didn’t want to put them down. They were so soft I just wanted to hold them – crazy huh! If you like soft and silky, make sure to play with this tea when you’re done drinking it. I wish I had enough to fill a pillow or something.
Like all hong cha (red tea) this Imperial Pure Gold is a product of Yunnan Province. Grown in Fengqing County, near Lingcang City, where some of the worlds oldest cultivated tea trees reside. One, Jinxiu Tea King, is reported to be 3,200 years old, about 35 feet tall, and found near Jinxiu Villiage.
As for the taste, it was all maple syrup, milk chocolate, light molasses and maple sweet. I was in thrall with the first sip. Smooth to point of being slippery, my mouth was all juicy and ready for more. I couldn’t get over how excellent this tea is. I’m now hoarding it until I can get another order in. It’s something I never want to be without and worthy of a special occasion or personal treat.
Milk Chocolate, molasses & fresh hay
Captivating golden spirals of fuzzy delight
Glossy golden brown
Sweet maple, molasses & hay with a milk chocolate finish.
Lucious and succulent
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 1 :
A rich maple & sweet molasses head with a milk chocolate finish.
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 2 – 3:
Liquor was chocolate dark and full of rich milk chocolate deliciousness with a slight dryer finish
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 4 – 5:
Even darker in color, all dryness was gone
but the flavor was light milk chocolate with a fresh hay finish
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 6:
Boiled for a light refreshing iced tea with lemon.