Golden Spiral Black

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Striking to look at, this tea’s appearance signals right away that this is something special. Originating from Yunnan, a region known for its black teas with profusion of gold tips from budsets, this tea was said to have been presented to Queen Elizabeth in 1986 when she visited Yunnan. The garden is near Fengqing City and is at an altitude of about 1600M. Plucking begins in early spring, which usually means mid to late March in Yunnan, and is precise: the budset is one bud and a leaf. It takes about 10 kg of freshly plucked leaves to make 1 kg of the finished tea.

Processing is done by hand, and from plucking to the finished tea takes about 48 hours. The most critical step in processing is the twisting, to achieve the final spiral-y shape of the tea. Special tea technicians are brought in just for this stage of the work, who rely on their years of experience of crafting leaves in this fashion. After the first round of drying, the rolling and twisting begin and after another drying step, the shaping is refined. The required skill is to shape the tea without breaking the buds or twisting them too vigorously, which might adversely affect the flavor. It should be brewed at a somewhat lower temperature than for standard Blacks, using 1 rounded teaspoon (3g) dried leaves per 6 ounces of spring water heated to about 205° and steeped two minutes to bring out the natural sweet character of the tea.

For optimum enjoyment for all the senses, imagine having a small dish of the dry tea by one’s cup, so that as the tea passes over one’s palate, the eyes can still take in the original visual appeal of the well crafted leaves.
  • Model: B-GSB-1

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 26 August, 2015.