Another one to thank Nicole for! There will be many more to write tasting notes for. That tea package was amazing. I’ve also been drinking a ton of teas that are on the next-to-be-sipdowns list and a few were also sipdowned in the last few days. I have so many small samples of tea, but I like the variety, and just as long as they are stored well and I remember where they are, it’s under control. This one could almost appear to be a Golden Monkey, if there was slightly more gold to the leaves. Otherwise they are black, thin, twisty with hints of gold. I only went with a teaspoon this time since Nicole’s note says this one gets tough. It turned out light enough for me. The flavor is interesting. I haven’t tried enough Jin Jun Mei yet to know where this one stands. But the flavor is tangy and fruity… it actually reminds me of my favorite flavor profile for Darjeeling. I feel like I haven’t been able to pick apart flavors enough lately. The color of the cup isn’t very dark. I think I should have went two teaspoons for this one.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 9 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // Just boiled // 3 min