Name: Yunnan Golden Pu Erh
Region: Yunnan, China
Bought At: Adagio.com
Price: $29 for maestro sampler set (4 teas)
First Impressions: Unpleasant smell!
This is an interesting tea. While it’s listed by adagio as a black tea, it’s technically a “Pu Erh” or fermented tea. I wasn’t even really aware of this type of tea and found a lot of interesting information about it on the Wikipedia article. Apparently this type of tea is better aged, and you can still find some from as far back as the Qing Dynasty. As far as the tea itself goes, while interesting, I didn’t find it overly enjoyable. I just couldn’t get past the rather pungent smell it puts off, although it does mellow some with brewing. The flavor itself was pleasant enough. It was slightly different than most black teas. It wasn’t bitter, more of a clear slightly nutty taste. Overall I would say definitely try it for the experience, but don’t get a large amount. It’s different enough to be interesting the first few drinks, but not good enough to want after that.
2.5 / 5
*Disclosure (AND Thanks!): This was part of a free sampler I got from Adagio to preview.