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Quite nice. This is the only Jin Jun Mei I’ve had so I’m unable to compare it to anything, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn’t find it as anything terribly special about it, just a nice cup of black tea with typical malty notes of grains and cocoa, but enjoyable none-the-less.
Ost included a sample of this in her Christmas Card. Thank you, Ost!!
Brewed in a test tube steeper. Steeping times: 20, 40, 60, 120.
The dry leaf smells uncannily like caramel-filled chocolate candies, while a rich smoky and somewhat chocolately aroma arises from the wet leaf. The liquor is a beautiful golden orange color, and has silky smooth texture. Very clear, except for the fuzzies from the leaves – makes for a nice sight when you hold the steeper in the light. Flavorful and full-bodied. Offers fudge and caramel with a bold smokey note.
I’ve come to learn that smoke in teas doesn’t appeal to me unless it’s lapsang souchong, but this is a delightful and well-made black tea nonetheless.
Steeped this gongfu, of course, and couldn’t be more pleased with the results.
Although Yezi recommends an initial steep of 30 seconds, adding 10-15s per additional steep, I opted for far shorter initial steeps: 10s rinse, then 5,10,15,20,25,30,40,60,90,120,240, and 360 seconds.
I had a black cherry aroma mixed with something else, something earthy and old; when I say old, past-their-prime tangerines, I don’t mean it badly, but maybe that was it… it’s got that great earthy pu-erh aroma as long as you look for it. As pu-erhs go, this is pretty light.
This tea can get bitter quickly if you don’t keep an good eye on it, but if checked it’s fantastic.
so what’s really terrible is that I have been overwhelmed lately with trying to get the house in order so that it’s one lest thing to worry about next year in addition to wedding planning, and my mother cale up this weekend to go dress shopping…etc…etc.. so i had this sample probably 4 days ago…and didn’t get a chance to log it…and my notes have disappeared from the office. SOOOOOO all i can remember was that this was a very light brew…and refreshing. Something i’d be willing to pick up again…if nothing else just to be able to write a proper note on it lesigh
Only my second Da Hong Pao, and if I remember correctly the first doesn’t impress too much and took a bit took get right. Maybe I’m more “capable” around tea now or maybe this particular Da Hong Pao is more user friendly…
Great aroma, touch of spice with some vanilla maybe. I like it. The taste has a roasted hint to it and some more spice. I had about 4 steeps with it staying this resilient.
Thank to Yezi Tea for the sample
Free Yezi tea sample.
Aroma is light and green; vegetal is too strong a descriptor, this is far more delicate… it’s also mildly sweet.
Taste is where this oolong shines, not only does it withstand a good few infusions, 4 before I found the taste to be too far removed from the first steep, but it also stays right with the aroma; something not enough teas manage. I’ll definitely be buying more of this
I drink tea to transport myself to far away lands. When I take a sip of tea crafted with intent, I find myself transported to another place. Throughout the five steepings I got in my gaiwan, I felt as if I was sitting in a rustic log cabin, the smoky fireplace keeping me warm from the cold fog hugging the mountaintop (pardon my cheesiness, I daydream too often lol)
The dry nose had strong notes of dark chocolate-covered cherry. I revisited the cherry flavor on the brew, this time they tasted more like dried cherries. I also got a toast quality as well as a molasses-like sweetness.
All in all I am glad I got more than just a sample of this tea! It’s an enchanting black tea that is not too pretentious to drink every day.
Flavors: Apple Skins, Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Molasses
Got an ounce of this in my Yezi order. Hadn’t tried it before, but the tasting notes on it sounded good, so to me, it was a small risk.
I was totally right!
It is super good! It’s creamy, bready, even malty! The dry leaves smell very malty, which I wasn’t expecting. But this one has the most flavors than all the other Yezi teas I’ve had so far. Going to really enjoy the rest of this one! :D
Flavors: Baked Bread, Creamy, Honey, Malt, Sweet
So, apparently I was the first person to make an order to Yezi on BF. I thanked them for their sale on their thread on here, and while my order didn’t qualify for free tea, the person who runs their account told me that since I was the first person, they’d send me an extra gift. I had forgotten about that until I got my package and found an ounce of this tea! :D That was so unbelievably sweet of them! I can’t get over the generosity of some people-it’s just amazing to me!
And honestly, when I looked this tea up I wasn’t sure I’d really like it. But after trying it, I was pleasantly surprised!
It’s kinda earthy, which I don’t like. But it also is creamy and tastes strongly of sweet potatoes at the same time.
I feel like so many of their teas are creamy. It really adds a lot of depth to the black teas. I really am enjoying them! And this was a fantastic free tea that I will enjoy finishing off eventually! :D Thank you, Yezi!! :D :D
Flavors: Creamy, Honey, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes
Another Yezi tea this morning! The leaves of this tea look quite similar to the Qing Pin I tried last night – they’re thin and mostly dark but have some nice golden spots. Like the other Yezi samples I’ve tried so far, the dry leaves smell strongly of hay, both in and out of the package. This similarity makes me feel like my sniffer is broken! :P
The steeped tea is aromatic and savory. I can smell rye bread along with caraway seed and a strong roasted note. The taste is pretty much identical to the smell. It’s very strongly roasted and I can taste a lot of that caraway flavor, which always makes me think Fujian. And this is a Fujian tea, so I guess it’s warranted. :P This is definitely the sort of tea that makes me feel like I’m eating a meal because of its dense, savory flavors. It reminds me of eating a huge, thick piece of homemade wheat bread.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Herbs, Roasted, Thick, Wheat
Another Yezi tea (yes, a black tea at 10:30 PM – I’m living on the edge!). I must say, I find the name quite amusing. I can’t look at it without thinking “Kingpin” and then I imagine this tea at the head of some kind of secret black tea crime organization. Epic. The leaves are rather thin and a mix of chocolate brown with some golden tips. Dry scent is quite hay-like with honey sweetness.
Wow, there is a ton of cocoa in the steeped aroma! I can also smell some caramel and these two notes make an interesting contrast with the savory rye and slight smoky element. Hmm, this tea is definitely more savory than it is sweet. There’s strong and thick rye bread paired with a light smoked meats taste. I think I can taste cocoa here but it’s definitely unsweetened cocoa powder as opposed to chocolate. There’s a very light touch of floral at the end, along with a caramelized sugar richness. Overall, it’s quite good.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cocoa, Floral, Hay, Roasted, Rye, Smoked
“Char, Cream, Floral, Honey, Mineral, Coconut, Orchid, Vanilla”
That is what this tea is described as….
Really? The only two things of all those that I taste is char and mineral. It’s a super roasty oolong. Not a hint of honey or floral or anything else.
Definitely bummed out by this one. :/ Oh well, least it was only a sample!
Flavors: Char, Earth, Mineral, Roasted
Oh em gee, I totally forgot that I have these Yezi samples to try! Silly me. I ordered samples during their Cyber Monday sale, and ended up getting 7 samples for under $10. Such a good deal, thanks Yezi! I admit, I chose this one at random out of the 5 black teas I got. They all have Chinese names that I am not familiar with, so I figured I’d just go with the first one I picked up. The leaves are long and thin and somewhat twisty. They’re a lovely dark chocolate brown with some grey spots, and there are a few stems included. Dry scent is very hay-like, though I can pick up on some grain/bread notes as well. I don’t generally weigh my teas, but since I knew it was a 5g sample, I weighed out 2.5g to make sure I would get two good cups out of it (it ended up looking similar to 1.5 teaspoons anyway!).
Ooh, the steeped tea smells delicious! I smell savory tones as well as bread and honey, possibly also a hint of green beans. Mm, yum. This tea is thick and bready and so comforting. I do taste a bit of a vegetal note, and it does remind me of green beans or something similar (edamame perhaps?). It’s definitely more of a savory tea than a sweet one, though I do get a little taste of dried fruit near the end and in the aftertaste along with a bit of caramelized sugar. Yum, so good! What a great start to my Yezi samples!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Burnt Sugar, Dried Fruit, Grain, Green Beans, Rye
Another fantastic oolong! This one didn’t have any butter smells or flavors at all. It was very strictly floral. Which I’m totally down with.
Though I feel like it has less depth, and is slightly less strong than the other Tie Guan Yin I had the other day from Yezi. Which is kinda sad, but I really like this one too. xD So we are all good, haha!
Flavors: Floral, Smooth