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Ying De Jin Mo Hou
Ying De Jin Mo Hou


The Eastern province of Guandong, once known as Canton, is a subtropical region, strongly influenced from the moist air of the South China Sea. They primarily produce oolong, black and puerh teas.

Ying De Jin Mo Hou*:

Brewing Suggestions

With today's new found prosperity, China's tea lovers has also discovered a new tea fad -- Black Tea! However, today's black tea produced from China is a far cry from the black tea commonly enjoyed by the west for over a century. Today's Chinese black tea lovers look for a beautifully shaped leaf, western black tea drinkers often look for a good color cup as more important than leaf shape. Western black tea drinkers often enjoy it with milk and sugar or paired with pastries while the new Chinese black tea admirers wants the tea to stand on its own without interfering the experience with other flavors.

The new black tea is expected to produce multiple infusions as oppose to the standard English practice of boiling water for 5 minutes once. Two very different approaches that makes sense due to the intended usage of two very different cultures. When I finally decided to adjust my long-held stubborn western attitude and starting cupping this outstanding black tea from Ying De of China's Guangdong province the way the Chinese are doing it now, I was pleasantly surprised by the orange golden color cup and the light fruity and floral notes. I was able to get multiple infusion using water that is just below boiling water for quick 30 second steepings.

When I was a young tea merchant, with the prominence of the likes of Yunnan and Keemun black teas, the famous Ying De Hong Cha has been all but forgotten until recent years. This outstanding example of Ying De's finest is beautiful to look at with immense amounts of golden tips and nicely shaped curls, when infused correctly it is a most pleasing experience that only blacks teas of this kind can produce.


Suggested brewing at just below boiling water (or lower) for short steeping, absolutely fabulous all on its own but we encourage you to find your own "fit".

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5 of 5 Wonderful April 14, 2021
Reviewer: Russ Mitchell from Berkeley, CA United States  
Good tea for special occasions, makes me want to create a lot of new special occasions, like, "it's 3 o'clock."

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5 of 5 Favorite Black Tea October 30, 2016
Reviewer: Brian McGurgan from NY United States  
I've ordered this several times now and it's become my favorite black tea. As a fan of "tippy" teas, this one is a real pleasure with a hint of sweetness and rich yet subtle flavor. I bring the water to 190 degrees and brew the first cup for 2 minutes, and go a little longer for the second brewing.

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5 of 5 Eye Opening for a green tea drinker March 24, 2015
Reviewer: Andrew Cohen from Highland Park, IL United States  
My daily fare is green oolong, jade ti kuan yin, and an occasional mature ooling like the old bush variety.  I thought I'd try this black tea, and what a pleasant surprise.  The quality is obvious, the unsteeped leaves are lovely and have an aroma of peaches/apricots.  Steeped 1-2 minutes has a characteristic "black tea" flavor, but without any bitterness and a sweetness and richness that I did not expect.  Great change of pace from the daily green.

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5 of 5 My 4th favorite black tea August 19, 2013
Reviewer: Dennis Emberling from Littleton, CO United States  
This one is new to ITC. Like the black teas from Yunnan province, it is mostly golden leaves. I find it to be in the same flavor family as the Yunnan blacks (one of Roy's 2 Great Teas of China in the black category) and the Heritage Edition Lapsang Souchong (non-smoky version, Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong).

It is more than twice as expensive right now as is Superior Yunnan Black, but I think it adds a nice variety to switch back and forth between it, the Yunnans, & the Zheng Shan.

I like it with 2 tsp. per 5 oz. at 195 F for 30 seconds.

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