Review: Canton Tea Co. Ying De No 9

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Thumbs up!"Aroma in the cup reveals a sweet caramel-like smell, which translates perfectly into the cup."
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Ying De No. 9 is an organic black tea from the Guangdong province of southern China. The "No. 9" portion of the name comes from the fact this tea is made from the No. 9 varietal. I'm not entirely sure what that No. 9 means, or where it comes from or how it compares with other varietals, other than the fact that it is supposedly "the best". The dried leaf gives an oolong-like appearance with very long, twisted, mahogany-brown leaves.

A coppery yellow cup brews up after a 3.5 minute infusion. Canton recommends 2-3 minutes, which also produces a lovely cup. Aroma in the cup reveals a sweet caramel-like smell, which translates perfectly into the cup. This is a subtly-sweet and creamy cup. Smooth, but with a mildly-gritty mouthfeel. I don't doubt this would make an absolutely killer iced tea in the summer time (or any time), and for sweet tea fans, the natural sweetness of this varietal accompanied with some sweetener would probably crush your palette with amazing deliciousness. But alas, I scarfed down every last bit of the tea on hand before I had a chance to give that a shot.

There is no doubt this is high-quality stuff. Straight-up, this tea is just fantastic on its own. It takes to milk and sugar (or honey) to provide a super-tasty sweet treat as well, complementing those flavors already present in the tea itself. I love trying so many different teas and delving into new flavors, brands, and blends, so it's not often I return to the same tea twice. But I'm sad this one is all gone and will be seeking out a replenishment post-haste!

— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Ying De No 9, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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