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From Dexter! Thank you so much. :)
So I’ve done some half-assed semi-gongfu brewing of this tea. A couple steeps were overdone and made my teeth feel weird, but generally I’ve enjoyed it. It’s quite rich, and… raisiny, almost. I would consider getting more, even though jin jun mei isn’t my favourite style of tea, so that says something about this one.
I bought it from berylleb in 8g vacuumed sample pack.
First infusion (45 s):
I would say that this tea is good introduction to oolongs with floral (orchid) note – at the beginning present mostly in smell. This note is really subtle, doesn’t irritate in any way. Taste is only slightly vegetal. After 15 mins when tea cooled down I started to taste floral notes as well. Interesting. Quite good for first steeping.
Second infusion (90s):
Floral smell is at same level as on first infusion.
Final: Considering I’m not fan of teas with floral notes this is quite good tea. It is nice and relaxing so I’d recommend it to anyone who is fond of smell of orchids.
Flavors: Flowers, Orchid, Vegetal
I get a mild malt with tanginess from this and a bit of honey. There isn’t anything that makes me say “Ooo, have to have this over similar Yunnan Sourcing teas” though the price is certainly right. It is close to some honey blacks, but the mouth feel afterward is much more drying than those have been for me and not as much honey sensation.
I hope I got this entered correctly and not in duplicate. There are so many names for this company. I searched through all of them I could find and didn’t see this listed.
This is my first tea from Berylleb. And honestly, their name makes me smile every time I see it. I want to pronounce it Bellyreb and that makes me think of a good ol’ boy in overalls with a round pot belly. Not the most PC of associations, I grant you. But the picture of that drinking tea from a China cups tickles me.
I am glad to have tried this. It was a pleasant morning cup. Thanks again, Liquid Proust!
One of the first teas that made me interested in Taiwan Oolongs. Butter smell is in pefect harmony with the whole impression.
Personally I steep it around 7-8 times…basically one teaspoon for whole working day at the office.
As Leon and some other members mentioned, I started with less then one minute for first steep time.
Flavors: Butter, Fruity
Wow, I’ve been using too many leaves and wasting my money because of it. Thank heavens I realized how strong this tea was even with 7 leaves alone. I brewed it 30 seconds and it was incredibly almond-like, nutty with a sweet floral honeysuckle background. This tea is not nearly as robust as the Oolong Supreme Dan Cong, but it is very light, subtle, and filled with flavor. I figured out what I wanted from the brew, so my review improves. My rating also improves significantly because the less leaves needed means the more money saved.
The first time was wonderful. It was like drinking orchids with almonds and dried cherries. Of course, the session was Gong Fu with 4 grams in a little less than five ounces. The flavors got sweeter, smokier, nuttier, and better. Other times were disappointing and it tasted like a bland oolong with a little nuttiness, not much else. Sometimes it could be too roasty for longer steepings. That’s why 10-20-30 seconds is better.
Drinking it now in a giant tea ball, it opens more and opens up nicely. I change my mind on this one too much. I either love it or am too bored with it. There’s little in between. I’d recommend it to experienced drinkers for sure, but something too exotic for newbies. It really has to be brewed with precision.
Flavors: Almond, Cherry, Dried Fruit, Flowers, Honeysuckle, Nuts, Orchid, Osmanthus, Roasted
Still not sure where i sit with this tea. I don’t dislike it, but i don’t love it. Maybe i need to try brewing it gonfu or something. There’s a sweetness to this that i don’t typically associate with my favourite keemuns, which is maybe why this is throwing me off. I’ll also have to share this one with a few folks and see what they think. :)
Boy, the ginseng is stimulating. It also cleared up my sinuses somehow. Definitely an effective pre-workout and cold fighter.
Now, it tasted like a dark roasted Tie Guan Yin-very herbal, mildy woodsy, earthy, with a sweet after taste after a rinse and 30 seconds. It was kinda week Gong Fu, so switched to Western at 50 sec, 2 min, 2 min and 30 seconds, and 3 min and 45 sec. Only then did I get a weird, sweet stone fruit and peachy after taste. I enjoyed this tea, but I wasn’t thrilled. I can say that I tried a thing on my tea hit list, and now I possess an effective medicinal tea.
Worth a try for newbies, but might go better with sugar or honey.
Flavors: Dark Wood, Earth, Grass, Herbs, Peach, Stonefruits, Sweet
an amazing tea!
when i smell the leaves dry, i smell a tad bit of mustyness.
when i smell the leaves wet, i smell honey, spices and smokeyness.
when i smell the brewed tea, again i smell honey, spices and smokeyness.
when i taste the brewed tea i taste strong honey, mild spices and slight smokeyness.
the color of the brewed tea is dark orange/light amber.
i rate this tea a 100 because of all the nice smells and flavors.
many thanks to liquidproust for sharing this tea with me :D
Flavors: Honey, Musty, Smoke, Spices
Drinking the last of this at work today. Way more smokey than I would have thought, not at all what I was expecting. This is a strange China black. It’s harsher than I’m used to, non of the usual notes. Tea and smoke that’s what I’m getting. Weird.
The Jin Jun Mei (Golden Eyebrow) that I got at the same time as this is right up there with my favorite Jun Jun Mei – if I were to order more from them, I would get that rather than this. I’m not saying this is bad, it’s just not for me.
Backlogging on this a bit.
This one jumped out at me and said open me up.
I got the usual 10 grams out and decided to put this one in the Yixing.
I gave a quick rinse and actually this one sat a few hours till I got to it.
I did 3 quick steeps to fill up my big old mug. The aroma of the steeped leaf was a bit floral. The brew is still a light gold as I haven’t stored this one as long. The taste was pretty nice. A little bitter some light peach notes and a pretty quick to give the sweetness up. Not too bold or strong but one that should age into a good drinker in time. It does have some pretty nice leaf in there and isn’t a rock hard compressed bing.
Flavors: Bitter, Peach, Sweet
I did it!!! My cupboard is at 175 – yay goal achieved.
I drank the last of this at work today. It’s a really nice Yunnan Golden Snail style tea, but it’s not my favorite. This isn’t as chocolatey as I would like. It’s good, decent quality, Berrylleb is a great ebay seller and I’ve liked all the teas I got from them – but this is just more malty, maybe a little sweet potato – but not chocolate enough. Really Good – just not Fantastic for me. :))
This tea is beautiful to look at – all tiny golden buds.
This is really really good. Could be my favorite Jin Jun Mei.
It’s dark and rich, maybe a hint of creamy. Just plain yummy.
This is why I love Chinese black tea….
Edit: This is too good to be drinking at work. It’s just getting wasted here – I need to drink this at home under proper steep parameters. Wonder what else I have in my purse…
I only steeped this western style so I won’t get the full gamut of notes here. It is relatively tasty though. There is a moderate amount of fermentation flavor left, not for those who don’t like a little fermentation flavor. It is however, not overpowering. There is a definite note that I would describe as either wet wood or bamboo, not sure which is a better descriptor. There is a sweet note too.
I brewed this one time in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 30 sec.
Flavors: Earth, Sweet, Wet Wood
*dexter*sent this one my way and i wanted to try it against the one from Han Xiang just for fun. Where the han xian one is cocoa, and sweet and malty and delicious…this one is slightly malty, less cocoay but the after taste is really nice. A little hint of astringency but that just adds to the tea rather than detracting from it. I think i refer the han xian one just a bit more though…as it’s tastes call out to me a little more! stlll a tasty cup though.
My dearest dexter sent me a lovely box of straight teas that i have had to neglect as i haven’t had time to sit and enjoy tea on my weekend recently. I don’t like trying samples from friends at work in travel mugs as i like to give them their full attention. Of course, as i say that, i drank this one several hours ago, and my other half dragged me outside before i had a chance to write a tasting note lol.
As some of you know, Jin Jun mei’s are hit or miss for me. I don’t seem to love them with the same passion as others do. This one was on the nice side though. Sweet, not really malty but reminded me of sweet potatoes a little…I had this one gulped down pretty quickly :) Also my first experience with this company if i’m not mistaken. :) thanks dexter!
I don’t tend to like milk oolongs, but Berylleb sends a few of these (in sweet red satin pouches) with every order so I have quite a collection built up, and I thought it was time to try one. In my experience natural milk oolongs tend to be flowery, vegetal and just a hint buttery despite the name. Not my favorite. But this one, from the second you open the bag, is reminiscent mainly of peaches. The smell is incredibly strong, and while the taste is somewhat mellowed, peach is really quite prominent. I can slightly discern the oolong base and there’s a nice amount of creamy buttery flavor. Honestly, it tastes exactly like I remember Peaches ‘n Cream oatmeal tasting like. Is it really unflavored? I’ve never had anything like it.
I’m only on the first steep, but I’m interested in seeing how it progresses.
Flavors: Butter, Cream, Guava, Peach, Vanilla, Vegetal
I ordered the cutest tea pet from berylleb (http://www.ebay.ca/itm/321108625852?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649) for my wife for Christmas, and it came in yesterday. Oh well, she still loves her little green tea friend. And it’s so freaking cute that I immediately ordered another for myself, requesting a blue one, since she’s taking hers to work.
Included with our new tortie friend was two packages of this tea, which is wonderful. I live for milk oolongs. They are, hands-down, my favorite, so I’m super excited to try this one.
I definitely see the peach note, and then it evolves into this wonderfully creamy mouthfeel that leaves the taste of vanilla behind. It’s very, very good. I can’t wait to try this one cold.
However, I have a tin of DavidsTea’s milk oolong, and a tin of TeaVivre’s milk oolong on the way to me (hopefully), so I can’t in any way justify buying any more of this. But if I had room for it, I would be mighty tempted.
One of the last samples from my swap with AllanK.
And this is another good one. The dry leaf smells a bit apricoty, but there’s also another very sweet scent. Like candy. O_O
There’s no bitterness on the first two steeps and this definitely has a slightly different character from other shengs. It’s got a medium body and is very pleasant through the whole sip. Nothing to kick you in the ass right at the end. The aftertaste lingers nicely.
I added 1/2 tsp of sugar to the sharing pitcher, as A had suggested, and there definitely are some fruity notes that come forward. I don’t think this really needed sugar, but I found that it was a nice addition.
I don’t know if I would buy this one because of the size. How do you even store something like this? Aaawww who am I kidding? It tastes good, so yeah. I probably would buy it. I would be interested to see how this ages!
This tea is really, really good. I added a small amount of sugar to it. This brought out an incredible honey and apricot flavor to the tea. I don’t know if it would be there without the sugar. I did not add much. I bought this because I thought it looked interesting and I am glad I did. I don’t know if three weeks in my pumidor had any effect on the tea but it was good. The honey and apricot notes were prevalent in the first two steepings and less thereafter. It was only a little bitter in the first steeping and not at all after that. By the fifth steeping it was very smooth. It lost a little depth of flavor by the fifth steeping, but not much. In the end I steeped this six times and think I could certainly have gotten three or four more out of the tea.
I steeped this six times in a 140ml Yixing teapot with 5g leaf and 200 degree water. I gave it one 10 sec rinse. I steeped it for 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min.
The spent leaves had a really nice apricot aroma to them. I never noticed any bamboo flavor despite this being stored in bamboo.
Flavors: Apricot, Honey