Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Culinary Teas
An exotic black Chinese tea from Yunnan Province with “lots of tip.” Ying Ming has excellent fullness and a subtle sweetness.
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Typically, when I think of a Yunnan, I think of a full-bodied tea with spiced undertones, a wine-like quality in the background and hints of earth and sometimes a touch of smoke and a pleasant sweetness. And this tea did not spoil those expectations.
This tea is indeed full-bodied and delivers an incredibly well-rounded flavor. There are hints of spice to it, but, I am finding those peppery tones to be a little more understated than with other Yunnan teas I’ve tried. In fact, I’m finding this Yunnan to be – overall – much more mellow and understated than other Yunnan teas I’ve experienced. And that is what sets it apart.
I taste all of the aforementioned qualities in this tea but I taste them in a less distinct way. The flavors are more seamless and smooth here. And I am really enjoying this Yunnan for the differences it offers.
Don’t get me wrong, I adore Yunnan for all its distinct qualities but, sometimes, it’s nice to have those qualities delivered in a smoother way … and this Yunnan does just that.