Review: Culinary Teas Ying Ming Yunnan Tea

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Thumbs up!"Certainly a full-bodied and strong brew; a solid black tea, and one that would appeal to coffee drinkers and to those that like sturdy black teas."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 7.6/10
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The leaves of this tea are visually appealing, consisting of long, tightly curled leaves with shades of brown ranging from golden straw to dark chocolate hues. The dry leaves are very fragrant with a prominent sweetness. I prepared this tea by steeping the leaves (one teaspoon per cup) in boiling water for three minutes. The resulting tea is a very hefty brew. I am not sure if I have ever used the word hefty to describe a tea before, but it seems quite fitting for this tea. When I say hefty, I suppose I mean what Culinary Teas describes as having an "excellent fullness". This is certainly a full-bodied and strong brew, and something I can see satisfying someone who is usually accustomed to drinking coffee. The primary flavor that comes across is a caramel-like sweetness, although the sweetness is definitely mild to moderate and not too strong.
As a hot drink, I found this brew just about begged for some milk, since it is such a hearty brew. I did take mine plain without milk for the sake of reviewing the tea, but I do think this tea would be a great candidate for those that like to doctor their brews up with milk and/or sugar. As a hot tea, this definitely qualifies as a perfect morning tea. When this tea was taken iced, it was much more satisfying than I expected it to be. Because it is hearty, I don't think it does a great job at quenching thirst (as it tends to have a rather heavy mouth-feel and a lingering flavor in the mouth), but it was much more enjoyable than I anticipated.
In all, this is a solid black tea, and one that would appeal to coffee drinkers and to those that like sturdy black teas.

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