Silvery Jun Mee (ZK82)

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From Upton Tea Imports

This selection from An Hui province has a full, robust aroma, with a cocoa aspect and pleasing smoky hints in both the aroma and the cup. Lively, sweet notes linger in the refreshing, crisp finish.

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Okay, I’ve never had a silvery jun mee before so trying this one out from Upton today. The leaves are dark with some silvery bits so perhaps that’s where the name came from.

It’s very intriguing but I can’t quite place the flavor. I am definitely getting the cocoa with a bit of sweetness. There is a bit of smoke in the finish but it seems quite subtle. It also isn’t quite as hefty as a keemun. This is an easy one to drink plain but could also accommodate a splash of soymilk, or regular milk… but it really has no bitterness or astringency that I am picking up. That is a definite plus for the folks like me with sensitive tummies. I liked this but am not necessarily sure I need more. Will have to think on that one!

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

I’m pretty sure I have a sample of this one somewehre…….now where did I put it?


@Scott – ha I know the feeling!

Autumn Hearth

Hmm this makes me curious, I love the silvery curls in Eastern/Oriental Beauty but Darjeeling also often has silvery bits and I still have mixed feelings about Darjeeling.

On a somewhat unrelated note I had a dream that I was in a grocery store named Upton Imports that had a food court (with next to no tea selection) and seemed to also have books, posters and flooring, I kept trying to find the tea aisle and my husband was trying to direct me on the phone, but I couldn’t reach it/him. I wonder want that says? Also I think it was in the UK, which is odd as I know it’s on the East Coast. I remember thinking perhaps this is Canton Tea? But the logos all said Upton Imports and I thought well I guess they import a lot more than just tea, no wonder it’s so affordable.


@Autumn – you clearly have Upton tea on the brain! Is it time to place an order?
I did not find this at all to be like a darjeeling, FYI


Upton has a way of getting into people’s psyche, for sure … think it’s the endless possibilities : )


……and great customer service and tea. :))

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This is the first tea I am trying from my SweeTea, Michelle. Thank you again, Michelle!

Pretty leaves! Sort of a “black and tan” look!

Smoky and…bacony…but in a subtle way?! It’s smokier than Queen Catherine, and a more of a sweet smoke rather than a dark smoke like Hao Ya A. I began my sips a little hesitantly, not sure if I was digging this new type of flavor, but a point came where it all clicked and I started really loving the sweet smoke!

I think my problem was that I had a sweet pastry breakfast, and I don’t think it went well together. Once I was done the food, the tea really started to shine. For my palate, I’d prefer a bagel or cheese or eggs or even pancakes or french toast (maple bacon!) for this tea. My Gouda breakfast of yesterday would have been perfection.

Steepsterites, I think I’m now firmly in the camp(fire!) of “loves smoky teas!”

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Did you ever try the Wuyi Shan Lapsang? It is pretty smoky!


My husband sniffed that one and thought it smelled really peaty like scotch, so I gave it to him for work! He and his coworkers drink tea too! I have to ask him if they had it, and what everyone thought of it! His one coworker goes to China for the holidays and she always brings back tea.


The guys at my work have recently discovered Earl Grey varieties (which, for some reason, I don’t associate as a “man tea”) and rave over it … which now gives me a good home for the EG’s that come to me in assortments. Lapsang…now that seems like a guy tea!

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I’m really happy that I’ve tested this tea; it is going to be a full-size order. It’s a great “gateway” tea for those who are contemplating trying a smoky tea. It does not have the taste of a bonfire, a forest fire, or even a Barbie Que, but it does have a touch of smoke. This smoke is presented with a natural sweetness and a definite buttery cocoa taste.

Upton called for a 4-5 minute brew and I had wandered off and allowed it to oversteep by about two minutes. The tea was graciously forgiving and does not taste at all rancid, bitter, overcooked, or unpleasant. What a sweetheart!

In case you wonder about why I’ve been giving so many high marks, it’s because I am only drinking tea that I am pre-disposed to like. I’m also drinking higher up on the financial chain, which probably makes me both more eager to like the tea but also makes the tea worthy of a higher price point.

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An indestructable smoky tea, wow!:)

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224 tasting notes

The tea smells oddly smoky with the typical Keemun scent that smells to me like leather. It’s not a full out Lapsang Souchong type of smokiness but it is definitely there. The taste has a nice carmelized flavor to it. I understeeped it a bit since I’m in no mood for bitterness today but I suspect trying this tea that it wouldn’t have had bitterness anyway. It’s fairly good. I do not taste the cocoa overtones that the description promises but perhaps they come out if the tea is steeped longer.

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