ethan wrote:Komsip, Please report on the various blacks from YS once you've tried them. I drink YS's Simao tips & Dian Hong regularly & think of trying some of YS's other black teas. (I also have liked black teas from other vendors but not as much as what I have from YS)
I loved Simao tips & Dian Hong so much that everyday I was infusing 2 heaping teaspoons w/ 14 ounces of water 3 or 4 times (drinking 6 - 8 cups). Now I only enjoy 2 infusions as subsequent infusions seem to lack enough flavor.
Last time I ordered from YS was in 2009 when it was still an eBay store, and I still have some Simao golden tips left. Even back then, a big portion of my order was black tea (now it's almost exclusively black tea).
Even the ones I have left have a strong dian hong aroma it's not as spicy or bitter as back when I ordered it, but its main aroma is still as strong, and the rose-petal-and-black-pepper-like aroma that exists in many "golden tips" teas is still strong, but more balanced. There is a note of this type of mouth tobacco that a lot of men use over here in Sweden, but I usually find the mouth tobacco disgusting, but when there is the same aroma in tea I love it. I don't know anything about finer tobacco like cigars but I can imagine there is a similarity with the more sour "oxidized wet leaf gone dry" aromas, like the sort of aromas that arise from when as a child, some oak leaves were stuck in my backpack to school and from day to day the smell would change, but never completely to a bad smell.
I can't compare it to anything right now, I don't have any good quality black tea except some cheap dianhong bought here in Sweden which is of very inferior quality, not comparable, but still one a really nice black tea. It does have that farmyard aroma or horsedung like shu pu'er tea, but very weakly.
I'll report on the teas when I get them.
These are some of the black teas I ordered (I also ordered a couple of pu'er tuo):
- Light Roast Wild Tree Purple Varietal Black Tea of Dehong Spring 2012
- "Drunk on Red" Sun-Dried Jing Gu Black Tea mini cake Autumn 2011 1 cake
- Feng Qing "Gold Tips" Pure Bud Black Tea Autumn 2012
- Yunnan "Yi Mei Ren" Wu Liang Mountain Black Tea Autumn 2012
- Imperial Pure Bud Yunnan Black tea of Simao Spring 2012
- Simao "Spring Tips" Pure Bud Black Tea of Yunnan Spring 2012
- Spring 2012 "High Mountain Red" Ai Lao Mountain Black Tea
- 2012 Spring "Traditional Process Dian Hong" Black tea of Feng Qing
I haven't ordered since 2009, but these types of teas, both Yunnan Gold and the Pu'er teas tend to only get better by storing. This time I dared to order more in one go. I also ordered the Fengqing golden needle 500 gram cake from another store. Since I got obsessed with DianHong back in 2009-ish, I always wanted to own one of those cakes, even if they might not be the best tea. I often go for strange and experimental types of tea when I order, outside the few categories I feel safe within like Dian Hong and reddish-high-roast wulong.