It's supposed to be one of the rarest teas in the world and it is their Limited Edition Yellow Tea. At $29.98 for 2 oz., it's one of Teavana's most expensive teas. Naturally, this peaked my interest. I wanted to know what one of their most expensive teas tasted like.
I brewed the tea at the recommended 175F degrees for 2-3 minutes and noticed immediately the water beginning to turn a yellow amber color. Before letting it come to a full brew, I poured myself a small cup. I always like to do this to test the flavors as they develop, as tea always seems to have an evolving taste.
After the full brewing time, my initial thoughts were the tea was very smooth, almost buttery like with what I can only describe as a slightly sweet honeyed aftertaste that quickly dissipated. There were hints of earthy grassiness and the first sip was fully satisfying with a mellow body.
To sum it up in two words, it would be Luxurious & Timeless.
The Second Brew: Even after adding more water for a second brew, with a longer brewing time, there was absolutely no hint of bitterness, only subtle creaminess.
This tea pairs well with my Taiwanese Pineapple Cake shortbread. Both have a buttery creaminess that make this the perfectly mellow mid-afternoon tea & treat pairing. (Get my printable Taiwanese Pineapple Cake Recipe here.)
I Really Enjoyed It: I highly recommend trying this tea if you haven't tried Yellow Teas before. It's got such a luxurious and timeless taste most traditional tea lovers would enjoy. (It would also make an impressive gift for any tea connoisseur.) If you are unsure it's worth the price, here's a tip for Starbucks Reward Members. If you have a Free Drink Reward available, you can redeem your free drink for any 1 oz. loose leaf tea at Teavana. :D If you do end up trying this Golden Dragon Yellow Tea, post a comment and let me know what you think.