Jin Xuan Oolong Tea

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195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 45 sec 5 g 5 oz / 147 ml

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From Yezi Tea

Just as many people call Wimbledon tennis’s most important Grand Slam tournament, many a tea connoisseur likes to think of Jin Xuan as the most important oolong to come out of Taiwan. Jin Xuan is grown at 7,500 feet above sea level. At this altitude, the tea leaves are worked upon by hot days and extremely cold nights. These varying climatic conditions, along with a year-round fog, lend this tea a complex and diverse palette of flavors and sensations.

Like most Taiwanese oolongs, Jin Xuan has a naturally sweet flavor. After your first sip, you might find yourself thinking of sugarcane reeds swaying and glistening in the sunshine. However, after a few more brewings of this loose-leaf tea, its accompanying floral and tangerine scents will transport your imagination to a lush green orchard. Grown in the cool, high altitudes of Hualien County, Yezi’s Jin Xuan is brought to you from local tea farmer Gao Xiu Chen and is an ideal beverage for cooling you off on a hot summer day.

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4846 tasting notes


A top notch Oolong. Sweet and creamy! my first cup was so smooth and light, and subsequent infusions became more intensely flavored. Notes of flower, but not an overly floral tea.

The texture is silky and milky. The flavor is so delightful. This tea yielded lots of infusions, so take it through its paces!

here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/11/07/jin-xuan-oolong-tea-yezi-tea/

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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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2185 tasting notes

Sipdown, 136. I’m having this one in close succession with Teavivre’s Jin Xuan (unflavored) as a comparsion, since I happen to have both on hand. I have had mixed success with jin xuans, although mostly I don’t find them super interesting. I do love Teavivre’s however, and I’m often interested to try new ones.

This one, unfortunately, is kind of boring. Vegetal and slightly floral, but pretty much lacking the creaminess that I expect from jin xuan. Well, the texture is fairly silky and smooth, but it’s not there in the flavor. This tastes more like a generic green Taiwanese oolong to me. A decent tea, but not my favorite.

Love the two black teas that I got from Yezi but I am less enthralled with this one. So it goes!

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149 tasting notes

Another sample from Yezi Tea— thanks!

Thought I’d follow up the last tea (an oolong) with another oolong, so I can hopefully more easily detect the differences.

Quick notes:
Mellow, sweet, creamy. Very lightly floral, with a soft vegetal note.

Will update as I continue steeping.

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218 tasting notes

This is probably the last cup of tea before I leave for work… And it’s a really good one. There’s so many complex notes to this oolong: grassy, VERY grassy, a bit flowery, earthy. And it seems to head into the citrusy notes area but then it abruptly stops. Perhaps later infusions will bring out more tartness? There’s also this wonderful aftertaste I cannot describe well. I do like it a lot… Unfortunately, more infusions will have to wait until after work!

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Subsequent infusions did fade a bit, but still have the creamy flavor profile of the earlier infusions really holding on. Reeeally wish I had more of this. I feel like there’s more to explore with this tea. I think I’ll buy some.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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164 tasting notes

After having the Dong Ding I figured why not sample another. Followed the brewing guide lines for 5gm sample in 130 gaiwan. This tea was almost the same profile as the Dong Ding except the addition of some floral, vegetal notes. Further steeping had more mouth feel with a slight buttery sensation. I liked it a little better than Dong Ding, finding my taste buds need more oomph.

190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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257 tasting notes

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Quick rinse – 45"-55"
Creamy vanilla wafer scent and flavor to the dry leaves and liquor; thick mouthfeel. No bitter or astringency and naturally sweet. Very good quality Oolong!

Flavors: Cookie, Cream, Vanilla

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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