Ying De No. 9
This is a well-renowned tea from Guangdong Province, made from the tree varietal No. 9 which is considered the best. The leaves are dark and the liquor is a bright dark amber colour which is robust enough to carry milk if desired. The has a fabulously smooth mouthfeel and distinctive notes of caramel and honey.
Chinese Name: 英德9号红茶
English Pronunciation: Ying-duh number nine
Year of Production: 2012
Origin: Yingde, Guangdong Province
Harvest Date: Summer 2012
Varietal: No 9 (big leaf variety cultivated in Yingde area in the late 1950s from Yunnan tea seeds)
Leaf Appearance: Dark, lightly twisted, well-baked leaves with golden tips
Aroma: Caramel and cream
Liquor: Dark orangey brown
Tasting Notes: Delicate taste with the right level of bitterness to balance the hint of honey aroma & taste. Mellow & sticky texture on the tongue.
Quick Brewing Instructions: Use 1tsp per cup (200ml); water temperature around 90°C (194°F): and infuse 2-3 mins.