Chinese Black Tea: Ying Ming Yunnan / Keemun Panda # 1
Aroma: Ying Ming Yunnan - Burst of citrus / Keewan Panda #1 - Deep cinnamon, dry leaf of mint
Color: Light yellow, black-brown leaves / Dark-brown leaves
Texture: Visually brittle; hardy
Appearance: Both wiry and twisted
Water temp: 195f - 205f
Measurement: 3-5 grams
Chinese black teas, the goal is to determine the differences and what makes each tea unique, using these parameters: water temp, amount of tea, infusion time, drinking technique (slurp).
Both black teas are part of my Tea Sommelier Certification. Keemun Panda # 1 is a black tea from central China, typically hand rolled and fired, is known as one of the best black teas. Ying Ming Yunnan, grown in higher elevation, graded as Flowery Tippy Orange Pekoe. Black teas are graded based on the uniformity of leaf size. Although teas are complex, size influences the essence of a cop.
Its liquor are both vibrant clear red, with the presence of theaflavin. With the Keemun, reminiscent of dry tobacco, light body that flows with slight bitterness, using milk can enhance the flavor.
Ying Ming Yunnan had a lively and refreshing citrus delivery. More inviting, with an aftertaste of skittles..yes. Both had a presence of dryness that's medium bodied.
What appealed to my palette? The citrus character and "feel good" delivery of the Ying Ming Yunnan.
Keep things simple.