Results: A mouthwatering addictive flood of honey, malt, maple & molasses burst from these amazingly beautiful black-gold twisted spirals. Red tea lovers will fall head over heels for this tea treasure from Yunnan. Excellent both hot or iced, you’ll always want to keep some around.
Vendor: Yunnan Sourcing (use this link for $5 off your first order)
Origin: Spring 2018 – Ning’er, Yunnan Province, China
Tasting: 8 grams / 212°/ 175ml / R5-10-15-20-30-40-50-60-90-120-180
Gong-Go Gear: Tangpin Brown Teapot
Average number of infusions: 7
Its spring and I’m in the midst of a drink down making room for new teas in my collection. If I could only choose one tea to drink I’d have a very difficult time choosing between Yunnan Reds and Moonlight Whites. The complexity and smoothness of Yunnan Sourcing’s Yunnan Black Gold Bi Luo Chun Blac Tea always manage to satisfy my cravings for sweets without delivering any sugar.
Bi Luo Chun translates as green snail spring thus YS preceded their teas name with “Black Gold” which couldn’t be apter. Their fuzzy little spirals are bi-colored black on one side and gold on the other.
Starting off light with touches of wild honey, the first 5 steepings got progressively more complex adding notes of maple, malt, and molasses.
Another one of those teas that just keeps on giving, I lost count of how many steepings I got off a single pot. I know a number of times I added hot water then forgot about it as I resumed whatever I was working on. Returning later, sometimes 10-20 minutes later, I was greeted with the same flavors I adore and not a trace of bitterness – no matter how long I steeped it.
I highly recommend Yunnan Sourcing’s “Black Gold” – I know I can’t seem to get enough of it and suggest you go for the big bag. This one does not disappoint!
Malty with notes of molasses & caramel.
Fantastic black and gold spirals.
Deep golden red with a honey aroma.
A complex array of honey, malt, maple, molasses & caramel
Syrupy and refreshing
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 1 :
Surprising notes of wild honey
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 2 – 3:
More complex with a maple head and malty molasses finish
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 4 – 5:
More of a caramel head with the same malty finish
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 6-10:
A bit lighter but the same wonderful range of flavors.