Hunan and Yunnan

It’s this time of the year when to look back to see what has been memorable, in the good way. I discovered some wonderful teas, black teas from China. New for me were two teas from the Hunan province, both distributed in the US by reliable Harney & Sons.

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The simpler of them is the Hunan Forest Twist that comes with long leaves that slowly uncurl in the pot while the tea steeps.

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The taste is similar to that of a full-bodied Assam but without any bitterness.
The second tea from Hunan is the Wild Hunan Gold.

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The leaves have wonderful golden tips, and the cup is a wild ride through intense chocolate notes. This tea clearly deserves its name.

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Even more golden are the leaves of the Yunnan Golden Ring tea from the Yunnan province, purchased through Imperial Tea Court. I usually have one or two good quality Yunnan teas around because I like their soft and distinctive flavor, but this tea is something else.

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The rolled golden leaves are amazing, and the tea, while clearly Yunnan, is more complex than the standard Yunnan, with subtle hints of chocolate.

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