2021 Yingpan Shan Black

Tea type
Black Tea
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Flavors
Apricot, Bitter, Dried Fruit, Floral, Honey, Leather, Malt, Sweet
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 2 oz / 60 ml

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  • “This tea is a blind purchase from a new FL order of some puerh cakes. For the price ($0.07/g), this tea is quite complex and enjoyable! I wonder how the tea would have tasted fresh as well, given...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I would not really agree with the ‘medium oxidation’. As visible in the image quite a lot of green shines through these leaves, making it relatively light for a dianhong. That also doesn’t make it...” Read full tasting note
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Natural tea gardens from Yingpan Shan

Autumn 2021, 1 bud/ 2 leaves, medium oxidation

Perfect black daily drinker

Li Chao Yuan makes black tea almost all-year round in his small tea factory. Located 20km South-East of Pu’er City, Yingpan mountain is not on the famous tea mountains map. The material used for this tea is unremarkable, which makes this tea even more interesting.

I really don’t know how Mr Li can make such a good tea in this area, but he has been supplying us with an unbeatable price for value since 2018. We regularly try teas from this area, none of them come close to Mr Li’s productions. Maybe his passion for tea plays a role in the taste. This area produces tea for the mass market, and yet, Mr Li takes a lot of care into making it, running experiments and fine tuning at every opportunity.

This is therefore the best classic Yunnan black tea we can offer: affordable, forgiving to brew, easy to enjoy, and yet so rewarding to explore.

The autumn harvest is given a slightly higher degree of oxidation than the spring production, it makes the tea sweeter, less punchy, more understated. You’ll particularly enjoy the fragrance that lingers in the mouth long after last sip.

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This tea is a blind purchase from a new FL order of some puerh cakes. For the price ($0.07/g), this tea is quite complex and enjoyable! I wonder how the tea would have tasted fresh as well, given its now almost two-year age.

Mild bitterness and sweetness with no astringency. Longevity is 6-7 infusions. Mouthfeel and hou yun are leathery.

This tea is made by a man named Li Chao Yuan, who owns a small tea factory on this mountain.

Harvest: Autumn 2021.
Location: Yingpan Shan (20 km SE of Puer City).

Dry leaf: Dried apricot:
Wet leaf: Malt.
Flavor: Apricot, floral, bitter, sweet, leather, honey.

Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Dried Fruit, Floral, Honey, Leather, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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I would not really agree with the ‘medium oxidation’. As visible in the image quite a lot of green shines through these leaves, making it relatively light for a dianhong. That also doesn’t make it a ‘classic Yunnan black tea’ for me. It is pretty complex, with flowery, fruity and even somewhat vegetal aspects, and it lacks the classic honeyish, caramelly, sweet, thick and smooth dianhong thing.

If you don’t expect this to have that typical dianhong profile, it is a nice, lively and refreshing black tea with much character for its price.

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