Ying De Jin Mo Hou
$15.00 – $46.00 — available on subscription
An outstanding black tea from Ying De of China’s Guangdong province displays an orange-gold cup and light, fruity, floral notes. 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 black teas of this kind can produce.
Guangdong, China: The Eastern province of Guangdong, once known as Canton, is a subtropical region, strongly influenced from the moist air of the South China Sea. Here Oolong, Black, Puerh and Green teas are grown. Among Guangdong teas, Oolong from Wu Dong in the Feng Huang Shan (Phoenix Mountain) area is most highly regarded.
We suggest brewing this tea at just boiling water or below. We prefer it for short steepings, but it’s absolutely fabulous all on its own but we encourage you to experiment and find your own preference.
Good tea for special occasions, makes me want to create a lot of new special occasions, like, “it’s 3 o’clock.”
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.
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.
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.