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Yezi Tea

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drank Jin Pin by Yezi Tea
163 tasting notes

Aaah, yet another wonderful tea from Yezi. Chinese black tea of gorgeous, golden-licked, swirly, needle-like leaves. It steeps into a dark ruby brew that is slightly more on the copper side than I am used to with Chinese black teas. It is also very clear and I wish I was having it in a mug not quite as tea-stained as the one I am using (the only mug that comes with an infuser that I own!).

The aroma at first made me think of how a forest ground smells when it is moist – slightly needle-piney, earthy and sap-sweet. Later on I am getting complex sweetness of maple and burnt sugar.

But the taste of it… So malty! Did I ever mention that I love malty beers, like stouts and porters? Well, the way this Jin Pin tastes reminds me of sweet maltiness of some of my favorite stouts. It never transfers to the chocolate side, it stays on the sweet syrup side, and the tiny astringency in the aftertaste adds to its complexity. There’s also earthiness that I detect, and that the aroma hinted at. Not really like pu-erh, the earthiness seems more elusive here. I think, in general, this tea is full of notes that are very elusive – but exquisite.

I hope to resteep the hell out of it before I leave for work today :D

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

love Yezi teas! and their customer service is awesome :)

Anna

Hehehe.

Kat_Maria

I know, I absolutely love them. I have been eyeing their starter collections for a while, they seem like a great deal. * sighs* Maybe in a couple of months…

MissLena

I have an unopened bag of this at home! I forgot about it! I know what tea I’m having tonight…lol, I enjoy stouts too, this sounds quite tasty :D

Kat_Maria

It’s just as delicious on a second steep. You’re in for a treat tonight :D

MissLena

Haha I realized I don’t have this one I have jin jun mei, which is also very delicious!

Kat_Maria

I am sure it is! I will definitely have to get it one day.

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This is my second attempt at trying out this sample. When you keep the steeping time short (to around 10 seconds) it has some nice cocoa notes along with a bit of roasted/fruitiness that remind me a bit of a wuyi oolong. I’m surprised that some people have been steeping this tea for so long with good results. When I tried steeping mine for 40 seconds it became bitter to the point of being almost undrinkable. I’m glad I tried this but can’t seem to make it hit any kind of sweet spot where I am really enjoying it, it will go unrated for now.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Jin Pin by Yezi Tea
274 tasting notes
boychik

Feel better;)

__Morgana__

Warm bath maybe?

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drank Jin Pin by Yezi Tea
274 tasting notes

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75

0.7 tbsp for 188 ml

Dark cocoa note. Slight bean taste. Sweetness in lingering aftertaste. Straw note.

Thanks to Kittenna for sharing her sample with me!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 188 ML

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drank Li Shan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
1258 tasting notes

I drank this during a rather heavy no good terrible mood moment, so I’m afraid I really don’t recall much. I should have known better! Sighs.
I do remember that it was pretty tasty with that buttery yet grassy oolong note that I adore. I’m just sad that I didn’t notice the more in depth particulars. Oh well. I suppose that makes for an excuse to order this again one day.
And my mood…. well, I’ve been plotting where I’ll order from next when I get a chance. That probably won’t be for a good while, and despite that, my list is extensive!
In no particular order after the first six: Butiki, Verdant, RiverTea, Ninas, Teavivre, A&DDFT, Camellia Sinensis, Della Terra, Kiosque, Tea Haus, Bluebird, Tealet a few others that’ve slipped my mind and of course Yezi!! See, I’m more chipper already :P

__Morgana__

Lol your list looks suspiciously like mine.

Indigobloom

OooooOOoh? I didn’t know you had a list! too funny!!

Anna

I also have a list, maybe. There might be a special numbered list in a special browser bookmarks folder, possibly. 0_0

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drank Jin Pin by Yezi Tea
274 tasting notes

I was feeling inspired… thus, I decided to sketch out two of my favorite things:
Werewolves and tea.

http://tea-pet.tumblr.com/post/78013016937/sketches-with-werewolves

Maybe I will finish the drawing tomorrow…

__Morgana__

Awesome sketch. I particularly love the foot… er, paw?

carol who

Tea and werewolves! Cool! Love the tea set.

boychik

its me after parent-teacher conference today;)

__Morgana__

LOL boychik

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I love the distinctive pu’erh flavors of loam and sun-warmed wood and this tea certainly delivers. The flavor is a bit more delicate than I would have expected though that is not necessarily a bad thing. A good mid-morning or afternoon tea.

Flavors: Loam, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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90
drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
103 tasting notes

I ordered this as one of my three free samples and I’ve got to say, I’m impressed. I love the rich loamy, malty flavor of this. It has good body to it as well and a deep amber color to the broth that I absolutely adore. I will definitely be ordering a full size of this!

I did not notice any peach or smoke flavors to this as in the description. The first infusion reminded me of green beans and autumn leaves, the second was loam and malt, the third was loam and honey. Perhaps the fourth infusion will have peach?

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Green Beans, Honey, Loam, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Jin Pin by Yezi Tea
274 tasting notes

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drank Jin Pin by Yezi Tea
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drank Jin Pin by Yezi Tea
344 tasting notes

Tea & Cards TTB #10
I had my eye on this one as soon as I opened the box, so I’m glad that I finally got a chance to try it out today. I brought this in my tea tumbler to school. I’m not sure why, but all the black teas I love smell potato-y (in a good way?) when I steep them in my tumbler. This tea really reminded me of a mellower, less chocolate-y Laoshan Black (Verdant). Because I love LB, I ended up loving this one, too! It resteeped pretty decently as well. I’m keeping this one on my wishlist to remind myself to order some when I finally reorder from Yezi.

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drank Jin Pin by Yezi Tea
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88
drank Jin Xuan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
344 tasting notes

Tea & Cards TTB #6
I’ve had some teas from Yezi before and loved them, so I decided to try this one out from the box as well. Very vegetal with a buttery texture. On one of the steeps, I used water that was a bit cooler than I wanted and ended up getting almost a sweet corn-like taste. Definitely a fun tea to experiment with since it seems to be holding up through resteeping pretty well. I haven’t had a tea from the TTB that has let me down yet!

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86
drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
4026 tasting notes

Semi sipdown on this one since I finished 1 of 2. Packages this morning. Slow going with tea drinking as we’re spring cleaning the house from top to bottom today…..so much dust and things to throw out….so good :)

Still enjoying this tea, though i think it’s my least favourite of the yezi teas :)

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88
drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
414 tasting notes

Mineral sweetness. Smooth velvety mouth-feel. Faint roasted notes. Hint of chocolate tone. Brisk crispness on finish but not astringency or bitterness. I can definitely see what they mean about the scotch note- definitely present in the aftertaste. There’s a coolness on the palate similar to after having consumed alcohol.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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92

Another excellent oolong from Yezi! I actually had this tea on two separate occasions. The first is what I took tasting notes on and is what I will report here. The second time, I followed the “proper” way, by doing a rinse, then a brief 1-2 minute steep, followed by another, etc. However, while this was nice, it really didn’t make a ton of difference to me. I did pick up more on the floral flavors with that first rinse, and that actually tasted better to me than the subsequent steeps. Anyway, doing shorter more frequent steeps like that still doesn’t provide a strong enough brew for my own personal preference, but I’m glad I gave it a try.

Okay, so back to that very first brewing, which was for 4 minutes. The liquor was a light pale yellow, and the aroma was soft, sweet, leafy, and slightly floral—kind of like a garden. The taste was light, clean, crisp, and just a little dry on the tongue and throat after it was swallowed. It was very tasty indeed! Yezi is right: it is perfect tea for the afternoon to help get over that post-lunch slump! It gently awakens the senses and brightens the day. Lovely!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
keychange

There needs to be a universally mandated post-lunch nap for the post-lunch slump!

Charissa

Yes, I totally agree. :-)

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This is the last of the three samples I sampled from Yezi. Love it! It is floral and sightly nutty. And the finish I can only describe as…buttery. I am on my second steep and it hasn’t lost any flavor.

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