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I received a sample of this from TeaPet in the box of David’s teas that I got. Thank you!
I am having a no flavored tea kinda day so I was digging through my samples and found this bad boy. I tried 3 of Yezi’s black teas with their sample promotion and this is now my 4th. I really liked the 3 that I tried and have them on my list to buy from in the future. I am adding this to my list of likes. I have never had a smokey tea before but I believe that is how I would describe this tea. The front part of the sip has a bit of smoke with a spice to it and then at the end I get a malty/coco taste. The black teas that I have had from China I would describe as sweet potato. This I would describe as semi sweet smokey chocolate. This is different from anything that I have had and I am liking it. Thanks again TeaPet for sharing some of this with me.
Ok, so Yezi Tea has a sale going on and then reminded me that I have 3 lovely samples that have slowly made their way over to me and that I should have sampled a month ago. But I grabbed them when I grabbed like 30 other teas from Sil (swaps/split purchases/freebies) and it sorta got lost in t he shuffle.
Poor Yezi tea.
I like this. It’s a nice rich black. It’s malty and it has depth. Sadly I feel like I haven’t had enough straight teas lately and I’ve lost all my vocabulary to describe it. And to taste the nuances. I like this, but I’m not sure what to say about it.
It’s a little like Laoshan Black. Not as much cocoa notes though. I’d recommend it though to anyone interested in trying Yezi Teas.
Sipdown (161) (after I resteep it)
I’ve been sick for the past two days… I haven’t been strong enough to brew tea gongfu style (the way I normally prepare tea) and as such I have been preparing all of my tea with a large mug and strainer. My new Zojirushi tumbler has been a wolf-godsend as I have been able to brew large amounts of tea (12oz or so) and keep it next to me at all times. Qing Pin has been a dear friend over the past two days. It holds up really well to Western brewing. 3-4 tsp of leaves. ~12 oz of water. No wash. A first steep of 40 seconds. It feels like sacrilege, but, when you are sick and don’t feel confident using a gaiwan, Western style will do. I’m on my fourth infusion for the day, right now… I’ll probably be moving on to Jin Pin later…. comfort teas are comforting.
TR;DR : This tea holds up well to Western brewing. :p
ps. I recently bought a Twilight Sparkle Beanie Baby… As childish as it sounds, she has really been keeping my spirits up by just sitting next to my tumbler. :)
I got this one as a sample with my last order from Yezi and I’m very glad that I did. It’s smoky, malty, earthy, sweetish and oddly enough, creamy. It’s almost like I added cream to this but I didn’t!
At first I was sort of put off by the smokiness, but it mellowed out quickly and the smoke subsided to a light level and the earthy creaminess came to the fore. I probably wouldn’t order it again, but I’m glad to have tried it!
Such a pretty tea. The leaves are just lovely before steeping.
As normal for me, I completely ignored the 15 second steep time – I just don’t get much out of these short steep teas when I do them as recommended. I steeped 2 teaspoons in 8 ounces of water that was just off boiling. It was fantastic! Lightly malty and sweet with a bit of dust.
I have not tried any Jin Jun Mei from any other companies so I have no basis for comparison in that regard. I have other malty teas that I am equally pleased with so it wouldn’t be a must keep around tea, but if I were placing an order from Yezi, I’d certainly throw this into the cart.
I’ll try resteeping later and see if my unorthodox steeping method harmed the potential for resteeps. :)
Back-story: My mother was a gourmet chef for many years and my father is an epicure; both of them have graduate degrees in the natural sciences (ie: they like the best quality foods). Needless to say, I was truly lucky and grew up with amazing food and drinks my entire life.
Before becoming vegan (about ten years ago), my favorite dessert that my mother would make was this homemade flan that knocks the socks off of the most stubborn flan haters. A perfect balance of caramel and vanilla with a mouth-feel that is almost indescribable (I guess “like buttah” will do for now…), this flan was my favorite dessert of all time. I brought some of my mother’s flan to a friend’s Thanksgiving one year – this friend’s family thoroughly dislikes flan – and everyone devoured it like ravenous coyotes. The two desserts that I loved the most from my father were his homemade whipped cream and his homemade chocolate mousse. Both were so incredibly rich, silky, and decadent. With all of these desserts, there was always such care taken in perfecting not only, the taste, but also, the presentation. Enjoying them was always just special. :)
This tea… this tea reminds me of those three desserts. As someone who no longer consumes dairy or eggs, this is an incredible treat. It’s not sweet like a flavored dessert tea, it’s just… decadent dessert. Silky, smooth, and rich; it makes me feel as though I am rewarding myself with something. I think Huang Jian is a wizard.
Sadly, it has been a while since I’ve had the time to post a tasting note. But what a perfect way to get back into my semester at school, by taking the time to sit down and drink a complex oolong. I overleafed for my teeeeeeny gaiwan, but compensated with extra short steepings.
First steeping: Very sweet, lingering flavor. It sticks around on the back of my tongue for ages. It’s a kind of savory tea, it makes my mouth water a little drinking it.
Second steeping: More vegetal. I feel this one in the middle and tip of my tongue. There’s a layer of floral spice to it, as if cinnamon were extracted from flower petals.
Third steeping: Oof, I must have steeped this one too long. It’s very bitter and astringent. Gonna gulp it down quick and start on infusion four.
Fourth steeping: It’s starting to get more one dimensional. There’s one sharp flavorful note, but the other undercurrents of flavor have kind of disappeared. May stop with this one.
May thanks to Yezi Tea for providing me with this sample.
I always say that Jin Pin reminds me of a warm hug…. Well, Qing Pin is like a warm hug when you first arrive in a new, exotic locale. It reminds me of the feeling I got every time I stepped out of the airport in Maui and saw my ’ohana. It reminds me of the strange and wonderful feeling when I first stepped foot in Italy. It reminds me of embracing my tea-loving best friend after not seeing her for over a year.
I love this tea. I love the tree that it comes from. I cannot wait to try Yi Fu Chun! I think that when I finally get pets, I will be naming them Jin Pin, Qing Pin, and Yi Fu Chun.
A delicious tea and everything you would want in a China black. Chocolatey and fruity with an interesting hint of licorice—smooth, refined with a lingering honey sweetness. It also provided great sustained energy. I’m loving this trend towards farm-sourced teas!
This tea reminds me of a golden monkey black tea but not as sweet as the one I usually drink. It has a nice blend of cocoa and caramel flavoring combined with nice bit of smokiness. The smoke flavor is subtle and not overpowering at all, which is the way I prefer it. It has a good range of flavor and is an enjoyable cup of tea.
A sample from a while back – also a sipdown! According to Yezi’s instructions you are supposed to use 5-6 grams and my sample package says 5 grams. It also says one teaspoon for 3 ounces of water, so I basically had 3 teaspoons for my 9 ounce mug. I had to guess on steep time… since I really don’t get the 15 seconds they mention.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 2 min
The fragrance of the dry leaves are amazing. I just know I will love it. The taste is very nice – smooth, a little smoky, malty, a little sweet, much like Laoshan Black. It’s VERY nice. The three teaspoons used probably make it tastier than the Laoshan that asks for one teaspoon… but should I really have to use three teaspoons? It definitely isn’t astringent or bitter or overdone. Just a nice cup all around.
Steep #2// just boiled // 3 min
Another lovely cup of tea… just like the first cup. I am starting to love and appreciate these types of black teas more, but they still aren’t my favorites. Honestly, it might be my palate or that I’ve sipped my Yezi samples months apart, but all three of the black teas have really tasted the same to me. The only difference might be with this one, since I used three teaspoons rather than two teaspoons with the others. I wonder if anyone else can taste a difference. Also, these Yezi teas do not have as deep a flavor as many of the Teavivre teas… those are more like dark chocolate even if I only use two teaspoons of leaves. I won’t start comparing to every black tea here!
Steep #3 // just boiled // 4 min
Another lovely cup but not as good as the other two. Nothing else new to add!
Dark oolong that is amber in color and has an aroma that draws you in. This tea has a nice honey sweetness and the flavors I am getting are a little fruity with a mix strawberry and apricot. On the back end I taste a subtle flavor of a light oolong with floral and vegetal notes. The taste of this tea is quite complex and very delicious.
Day Ten – Tea Pet’s log:
I’ve been getting a lot of compliments about my tea-scented perfume. Strange. I don’t wear perfume.. Sorry for the short post, typing has grown difficult. My verdant fingers are delicate and bear a strange resemblance to…
Jin Pin, my love! I have missed you so. Just as wonderful as I remembered. Never change, my friend, never change.
So far, this is my favorite Tieguanyin. I got about seven infusions out of it, from yesterday to today. Very relaxing to drink. I will definitely write more about it the next time I drink it. :)
Seventh steep brewing photos: