Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark, twisted and covered in golden hairs
Ingredients: yellow tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 175 degree
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: deep gold
Teavana released this limited edition tea to celebrate Nation Hot Tea Month. When I had a chance to try some, all I could say was “You had me at yellow!”. The leaves were quite dark in color and their appearance was positively fuzzy. Most yellow teas (the few that I’ve come across anyways) more closely resemble green tea whereas this one brought golden monkey black tea to mind. The taste was quite floral with notes of honey and a thick, somewhat creamy finish. In my impatience to try this tea when it first arrived, I tried it in my Perfect Steeper and while decent, it was not nearly as good as when I prepared using a gaiwan. It stood up fairly well to multiple infusions so don’t be afraid to push its limits. Although this tea looks expensive, for a yellow tea is actually not that bad.
Golden Dragon Yellow Tea sample provided by Teavana.