I'm back! After taking nearly a year to live in rural Oregon, I'm heading back to Chi-town and looking forward to keeping everyone up to date on our latest tea happenings.
Name: Golden Silk
Brand/Retailer: Dream About Tea
Type: Chinese Black Tea from Yunnan
Form: Loose leaf
Review: On Steepster, I actually named this as my favorite black tea. Is it really? Well, maybe not. There are so many good teas out there, and my preferences change on a daily basis. But I started drinking this tea over two years ago, and I still keep coming back to it. In fact, it is one of my favorite teas to serve to other people.
Why do I like it so much? It's just plain tasty and a great tea for weaning oneself off the milk and/or sugar habit. Like all teas, it changes a bit over the years with each new harvest, but it remains complex, yet smooth and delicious.
Golden silk is a mix of dark brown leaves and golden buds with a spicy, slightly sweet nose. Once infused to a rich, dark amber, the spicy nose continues with a bit of smoke.
The most recent incarnation of this tea (purchased a few weeks ago) is a bit smokier and earthier than previous offerings, though this isn't a bad thing, particularly in winter. The tea still has its sweet/spicy caramel notes, but the smoke/earth backnotes provide a bit more grounding. Excellent with food or on its own.
Incidentally, this tea works fine with milk or sugar, but it doesn't need them.