Review: Culinary Teas Ying Ming Yunnan Tea

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Thumbs up!"Strong enough for a breakfast tea. Add some cream and sugar and you get a decadent desert tea. Highly recommended."
Shaiha’s Teaview: 9.3/10
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Ever had one of those days where you get up and head right out to do errands. That was how my day has been and I was wondering why I was dragging. It wasn't until I got home that it occurred to me that I haven't had any tea today. So when I went thru my samples I was looking for a black tea for the caffeine. I was very happy to find a Yunnan tea. Now I am far from a expert in black teas as generally when I go for a straight black tea it is a darjeeling but I am always up for something new.

My sample consists of longer wiry tea leaves that range in color from gold to a cocoa brown. There a lot a gold tips in my sample which bodes well. The aroma is sweet and has a hint of caramel to it. I set up my Breville with 5 teaspoons of leaves, a water temp of 212 degrees and a steep time of 3 minutes.

It brews up a deep reddish brown and the aroma now is one of cocoa, caramel with a hint of malt. Taken straight it is fairly smooth with a bit of a bite at the end. It also has an aftertaste of caramel. Since Culinary Teas recommends trying this tea with cream and sugar I did. Oh what a change in taste. Now it reminds me of a thin hot chocolate. Totally decadent and delicious!

I am definitely going to have to pick up some of this tea. I just love the idea of a good strong desert tea as a wake me up. And it doesn't hurt that the prices are so reasonable. Under seven for a 4 ounce bag of tea.

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