Saturday, September 26, 2009
Tea Tasting Saturday #39 - Yunnan Black Tea
Yunnan is a tea I've tried before, but it seemed different this time. And quite enjoyable!
Category: Chinese Black Tea
Purveyor: Harney and Sons
Dry leaf appearance: Shavings of pine bark with a few lighter colored bits throughout.
Wet leaf appearance: Chippy, wet-bark-looking bits of tea leaf.
Steeping temperature and time: 1 teaspoon of tea, 205 degrees, 4-1/2 minutes.
Scent: Perhaps I am just paranoid because I know the evil Lapsang Souchong tea tasting awaits me next week, but ... I thought this tea's scent was just a bit too reminiscent of that tea's woodsy/smoky scent. (But I needn't have worried!)
Color: A deep, rich brown.
Flavor: Although this Yunnan is quite a bit stronger than the one I've tried before (I don't remember the vendor), I enjoyed it very much, and the taste was nothing like L.S., I am pleased to say! I drank the first cup completely black, but since it was getting a bit astringent there at the end, I decided to have the next cup with a bit of milk. Delicious! I could drink this tea all morning long just fine, I think, with a little milk on hand.
Additional notes: Michael Harney says that Yunnan "offers a delicious combination of full body and sweetish flavors, with a certain earthiness and even a mild pepperiness, balanced by the sugars from lots of tip." Guess that explains those tips in this tea, and I do believe the earlier one I tried was called Tippy Yunnan.
Next week's tea: Lapsang Souchong, much to my dismay