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I guess… since I drink Jin Pin so much, I can use a tasting note as something more than just a tasting note. Jin Pin is my comfort tea. Upon first sip, I had no idea that I would develop such a lasting love for this tea, however, I am very grateful. It’s truly just comforting to me. It evokes this warmth that comes from the mix of notes and its general complexity that I have not felt from many other teas. I’ve come to turn to Jin Pin when I want to feel better and tonight is definitely one of those nights in which I have turned to it for just that. (Wow… the way I am writing makes it seem as though I have a Jin Pinblem and should go to JPA (Jin Pinaholics Anonymous))
Here’s to good tea!
I made a little pot of this Pouchong one afternoon along with another Yezi tea, their Dong Ding Winter Peak. It was fun to taste the two side-by-side. I am just becoming better acquainted with oolongs and figured that doing an “oolong tasting” of different kinds would be a good way for me to pick up on the nuances of flavor between them.
I steeped this Pouchong in a ceramic teapot for 4 minutes. The color of the liquor, like the Dong Ding, was a lovely golden hue. The aroma and taste was of sweet cream, honey and lemon, with hints of vanilla and pine; and it was also slightly vegetal like green tea. Oh gosh it was splendid. I think I was in heaven.
Needless to say, I am really, really enjoying these oolongs that share similarities with green tea. I like green tea, but sometimes it can be a little sharp, a little too vegetal, so I have to be in the right mood for it. Oolongs, or at least the few I’ve tried so far, seem to contain the best of what I like about green tea yet with flavors entirely their own, and they are just oh so mellow and sweet and delicious! How have I not tried these before? Wow, have I been living in a bubble or what?! I am SO pleased with this tea and wish I could make a million pots of it and drink it all day long, morning, noon, and night. Food? Don’t need it. All the flavor I could want is already here, contained in this cup.
Another day when I have time I would like to do shorter and more frequent steeps to separate out and pinpoint the flavors. That should enable me to provide a more thorough analysis. For instance, I think I detect some floral notes, but which flowers?
Quite easily the best jasmine tea I’ve had! There is no astringency whatsoever and the jasmine is so floral and smooth. This is one of three samples I requested from Yezi. I didn’t know what to expect but I’m quite pleased. The packaging is very cute yet simplistic, and I enjoyed the little hand written note and happy face from the owner. :) Thank you!
As a part of my resolve to branch out and explore oolong tea, I made a purchase from Yezi for this lovely Dong Ding. (I also ordered their Pouchong as well and made a pot of it at the same time to compare to this—-review coming soon). This tea was absolutely wonderful—made my taste buds dance! I steeped this in my little glass teapot for 4 minutes, and the color of the liquor was a beautiful gold, the aroma sweet and buttery. The taste was phenomenal: sweet, slightly floral (orchid?) slightly buttery—and overall it was lively, lingering, and lovely! It was very faintly reminiscent of the milk oolong I have from Gong Fu Tea, only less creamy/buttery and with the added floral notes. Aaaahhhh truly a delight in every sense!
I steeped the leaves again, this time for 5 minutes, and could definitely taste more of floral aspects. It was also creamy, a little more vegetal, and dry on the tongue, but not at all unpleasant.
This is a definite LOVE. I will have to order this again. It is such a pleasing and complex tea, so fresh and tasty, you can just tell it is of very exceptional quality. This is truly happiness in a cup!
I received a sample of this from Yezi, and it is a very unique tea. As a lover of black teas, I have never experienced any quite like this before. Now, before I go into my review, I must point out that I did not follow the steeping directions Yezi suggests: making brews every 15 seconds or whatever. I usually can never taste much of anything that early on in the steeping process, so I just made the tea the way I normally make all my black teas: boiling water (which actually I found out cools to around 190-195 in most of my tea ware—which includes ceramic and glass teapots, and in this case, a ceramic mug)—and I steeped the leaves for 5 minutes. So perhaps that is why I experienced VERY different flavors than what others report in their reviews.
Anyway, the aroma of the dry leaves consisted of a lovely chocolate scent. The aroma of the liquor was very different: I know it sounds strange but it totally smelled like dry bread. And the tea tasted like slightly burnt bread crusts. Very strange to me. The bready taste was immediately followed by a twinge of bitterness. Other flavors I picked up on was a very strong roasted flavor with hints of coffee. Actually, this tea reminds me of a stout, with roasted malt or roasted barley flavors. Overall, it had a dark, malty, roasted taste, with no sweetness.
I honestly really didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I think this is the first black tea I didn’t care for! (But then again, I probably ruined it due to my lack of adherence to the brewing recommendations for this tea. Shame on me! haha.) Anyway, I’m also surprised I didn’t enjoy it because it does have the dark coffee and beer flavor aspects I tend to like. I seem to gravitate toward a good dark stout, or a cup of black, strong coffee, or a nice piece of bitter dark chocolate…so this tea should be right up my alley! Perhaps it was the thick bready and roasted part that sort of made it too strange for my liking. I will have to try this tea again sometime and actually follow the proper directions to see if that changes my opinion!
A deep, rich golden color. Fragrant in an oolong kind of way with creamy mouthfeel. Flavors a little subtle compared to the color. The finish and depth of flavor was not nearly as long as the Li Shan from the same company. Maybe it was a steeping issue. I did not get a chance to do a second or third steeping so this review reflects only the first steeping.
My tastes buds are on fire. Burst after burst of different notes continuously hit me during the first sip. Milk, cream, silk, grass, floral, mint…
The aroma is heavenly, reminiscent of both the floral, creamy, silky aroma of Jin Xuan and the brisk, vegetal, vibrant Chinese Tie Guan Yin.
I must do the second infusion with a higher temperature, as I mistakenly used 195 degree water.
I’m excited about this one!
Update: Tried at a higher temperature (205 degrees) and do not like the notes as much. Went back down to a lower temperature (190 degrees) and it’s wonderful again!
I love it when the combination of temperature and steeping creates the perfect cup of tea. Most of the time I screw it all up, especially if I’m in a hurry in the morning. This morning was a nice exception. I tipped the sample and most of the 5 grams fell out so what the heck I emptied the packet. I caught the kettle just before it started boiling and poured through a pretty wide ceramic infuser into about a 16 oz to go cup. After about 3 minutes or just a tad longer it looked great—a nice golden color with a lovely fragrance. Walking to the car I knew I had a great cup. I couldn’t stop smelling it. Wow. It was even better drinking. Creamy mouthfeel, buttery, nice depth of flavor and a finish that went on forever. Hands down the best oolong i’ve had in a while. This tea made my morning. I just hope I can reproduce it because I will be ordering some more!
mmmm morning tea from forever ago! I was cleaning up my cupboard over the weekend and realised that i had a small bag of this that i could tuck into my easily accessible teas even though it isn’t one of my older teas. I haven’t had this one in a while and was once again reminded at first sip, why i love Yezi teas. Just a delicious, smooth inviting black tea for this wonderful wintery day filled with snow!
One of three samples I requested. Steeped for 3-4 minutes with water just under a boil. The liquor is amber/golden and very fragrant with a medium/long finish. Very clean and pure with no bitterness and just the slightest touch of sweetness.