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Yunnan Royal Gold


With its abundant rainfall, mild climate and fertile land, Yunnan Province has ideal conditions for tea cultivation and is known the historical birthplace of tea being prepared for medicinal use.

Yunnan Royal Gold*:

Yunnan black tea is known for its rich body and multi-layer of complexity and this Imperial Royal Gold is no exception. With exactly the right combination of spicy, fruity, and earthiness, no other black tea can match its depth or complexity. Packed with tips, this tea yields an infusion that is both sweet and bold. It's one of our finest offerings to date and takes that classic Yunnan taste to a whole new level.

We recommend a steeping time 1 to 3 minutes with 90C/194F water. Imperial Gold may be infused 3 or more times. After the first infusion, you may wish to increase both steeping time and/or water temperature. Always adjust steeping time, temperature of water and quantity of leaves used based on personal preferences. English style tea is also perfectly suitable by using 1 heaping teaspoon of tea per 8 oz of water, infuse with just boiled water for 3 to 5 minutes, serve with or without milk and sugar.

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Just a bit better than Superior Yunnan Black August 19, 2013
Reviewer: Dennis Emberling from Littleton, CO United States  
ITC carries 3 versions of Yunnan black tea: Select, Superior, & Royal Gold. They all have some gold leaves, with Select having the fewest, Superior the next, & Royal Gold the most. If it's a great year, Roy will designate the best version as Imperial Gold, which will be almost all gold leaves. This is the version described in his book.

It's a terrific black tea - I guess my favorite, although the Superior grade is nearly as good: sometimes a bit more flavorful, but not quite as smooth or elegant. If it were cheaper, I'd probably drink it most days.

I like it with 2 tsp. per 5 oz. at 193 F for 3 minutes. I brew a total of 3 infusions, although the 3rd one is pretty mild.

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