Adagio Teas Masters Collection: Yunnan Golden Curls

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: mottled brown and gold, twisted
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic gaiwan
Liquor: amber

This tea was incredibly complex yet subtle at the same time. There were notes of cocoa with just a hint of spice and sweet raisin-like aftertaste. The mouthfeel was very soft and there was very little astringency. The aroma of the leaves was intoxicating so be sure to take a good long sniff in between sips. I did three consecutive infusions and each of them were just as delicious as the one before it. When I was done, I threw the leaves into my cold drip iced tea maker and wound up with the most delicious iced tea. This was an absolutely stellar rendition of one of my favorite black tea varieties. I would definitely recommend this tea.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.