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drank Ying De Hong by TeaSpring
911 tasting notes

Another share from the delightful Angrboda! Oh how she spoils me so!

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from this one – TeaSpring’s description only says a peppery note with a sweet finish and it blends well with milk – so I was expecting something sort of one-note and a bit rough. That was backed up by the scent I got when I stuck my nose in the cup – a vaguely sweet, mild tea smell, nothing spectacular. But the taste? It sure packs a wallop!

First, the most distinct thing for me is the end note – at first (when the tea is hot) it gives a soft plum-skin-like sour note similar to some Keemuns. Mostly, sour and I don’t agree, but for some reason I tend to love it in my Chinese blacks. Perhaps because it is coupled with such smoothness and sweetness. As the tea cools, this note migrates more towards heavy cocoa. For the second half of my cup, I felt like my tongue was being dipped in cocoa after each sip.

That’s the endnote, though. What about the main part of the tea? It’s flavorful and sweet. Oh, so sweet! I can’t really peg the sweetness – it’s more like white sugar than honey but sugar isn’t quite right either. But it’s very there. The whole front end of the taste is filled with sweetness. Sort of a combination of a sweet light rye bread with maybe a hint of floral or fruit (I can’t quite tell) and then a dash of cocoa. Or like sweet potato without the potato. That kind of sweetness.

Anyway, this is a fantastic little tea. There’s so much going on flavor-wise that each sip is attention-getting. It’s weird, though, because the notes are all sorta soft and elusive as to what exactly they are and so it seems almost delicate. At the same time, though, this isn’t a delicate tea because the potency of the flavor is like punch-you-in-the-mouth intense. I like teas like this that confuse me with so many yummy flavors and interesting characteristics. They make it impossible to get bored!

Bonnie

Sounds nice a complex, a surprise. Love surprises!

Angrboda

I believe this was one I threatened you with. As I recall you were playing Guess The Region on something and Guangdong was a suggestion. Or perhaps I’m making that up… Either way, I think I’ll make some. (You keep doing this!)

Auggy

I vaguely recall something about the guess the region with something… Something that was Fujian-ish but not, maybe? Though I don’t think in general I’ve experience much in the way of Guangdong teas. However, if this is an example of what they offer, I will be seeing a lot more of them, oh yes I will! Please, threaten me with more delicious teas!!!! :)

Auggy

Oops, totally missed your note there, Bonnie! It is great to have surprising teas like this pop up – it’s so fun!

Angrboda

Ha, and for the second time yesterday I made wrong tea because I couldn’t read a label! LOL, at these this time I discovered it just after having added leaves and put the tin back on the shelf. Right next to this tin. That one was good too. Yi something or other. A Yunnan tea of all things, but one of the rare that I enjoy.
Anyway, yes, I agree. I would definitely like to try more things out of Guangdong. Sichuan too for that matter.

Auggy

I would like to state for the record that you are the reason I’ve been rambling through TeaSpring’s website lo took for teas from specific regions. I blame you. Fully.

Angrboda

This is my best innocent look. :D

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Bonnie

Sounds nice a complex, a surprise. Love surprises!

Angrboda

I believe this was one I threatened you with. As I recall you were playing Guess The Region on something and Guangdong was a suggestion. Or perhaps I’m making that up… Either way, I think I’ll make some. (You keep doing this!)

Auggy

I vaguely recall something about the guess the region with something… Something that was Fujian-ish but not, maybe? Though I don’t think in general I’ve experience much in the way of Guangdong teas. However, if this is an example of what they offer, I will be seeing a lot more of them, oh yes I will! Please, threaten me with more delicious teas!!!! :)

Auggy

Oops, totally missed your note there, Bonnie! It is great to have surprising teas like this pop up – it’s so fun!

Angrboda

Ha, and for the second time yesterday I made wrong tea because I couldn’t read a label! LOL, at these this time I discovered it just after having added leaves and put the tin back on the shelf. Right next to this tin. That one was good too. Yi something or other. A Yunnan tea of all things, but one of the rare that I enjoy.
Anyway, yes, I agree. I would definitely like to try more things out of Guangdong. Sichuan too for that matter.

Auggy

I would like to state for the record that you are the reason I’ve been rambling through TeaSpring’s website lo took for teas from specific regions. I blame you. Fully.

Angrboda

This is my best innocent look. :D

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

Sometimes my notices for PMs and such have been questionable. Email me at your own risk at aug3zimm at gmail dot com.


1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

Not that anyone but me particularly cares, but there it is.

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