Jin Pin

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Black Tea
Black Tea Leaves
Malt, Baked Bread, Cocoa, Honey, Orange Zest, Wood
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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “This tea was quite nice - great notes of cocoa, caramel and smoke as promised. The smoke seemed a cross between grilly food and toast, without being over the top. Actually, quite a light black, yet...” Read full tasting note
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  • “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...” Read full tasting note
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From Yezi Tea

Jin Pin black loose-leaf tea comes from China’s famed Nanhu Mountain range, which is covered nearly year-round by a dense layer of fog. In addition, the extreme difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures there creates the ideal conditions for growing high-quality tea.

In Chinese, Jin Pin means gold personality. It is no coincidence that the brew produced by Jin Pin is a dark orange color. The tea produces a strong, smoky flavor with contrasting tones of chocolate and caramel. Yezi is able to bring you the finest-quality Jin Pin tea because of our collaboration with farmer Huang Jian. For the last 250 years, the Nanhu Mountain range has been home to some of China’s highest-quality organic teas, and we are confident that you’ll take just one sip and say, “I agree.”

Use: 4-5 grams or 3 tsp. of tea
Water amount: 1 gram of tea / 50-60ml of water or 1 tsp. of tea / 3 oz. of water
Time of day: Afternoons or early evenings
Temperature: 90-95 °C or 194-203 °F
Brew: 3-4 times
First brew: 20 seconds
Subsequent brews: Add 15 seconds
Recommended tea set: Lu Yao porcelain or glass tea set

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This is the second Jin Pin I’ve had and I’ve come to find that I am quite fond of these teas.

This tea has a strong roasted scent in the first steep before it settles down in the background. It has consistent tones of cocoa and butter toffee, and longan.

The initial steep had a fruity top note of longan and peaches with cocoa over roasted grain notes,and a butter toffee where the candy has been slightly overcooked giving a stronger browned butter note and a little bitterness. The tea has a soft and slightly powdery texture.

In later steeps the peach dissapears, leaving only longan, the cocoa transitions to milk chocolate than Ovaltine and a nutty roasted cashew type note appears. As well a malt note becomes apparent. I steeped it 4 times( 20, 35, 50, 90s).

Quite enjoyable. Special thanks to Dexter3657 for the sample!


Oh dang. This tea sounds great!


That does sound really good. Added to wishlist :)

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1847 tasting notes

Thank you Kat_Maria for sending this my way. I don’t usually reach for straight blacks but for some reason, this has been calling to me. So today I finally decided to brew up a cup and I am glad i did. This tea is delicious! It is malty with notes of chocolate and caramel. There is even a hint of honey. Amazing! I guess tastes really do change :)


I am so glad you like it! It’s one of my favorite black teas at the moment :) There are some straight blacks out there that taste like flavored, desserty, rich goodness!


this one definitely grew on me. i thought it was a very well made tea the first time i had it, but it didn’t, you know, GRAB me personally…then months later i found myself craving it…to the point i restocked it, and now once in a while i spend like 3 days straight binging on it then forgetting about it for months. it’s funny. but i really like it, yeah!


I resteeped this, drank it cold, and still love it. I am still thinking about it. Something tells me there will be a Yezi tea order in my future.


Yay!!! I love Yezi! Even though I ordered from them like… once so far :D :D Well, if you count their free samples for new customers offer, then twice. But what I’ve tried is always superb quality and tastes delicious. Their teas also yield many resteeps. Good stuff.

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2307 tasting notes

I’m up early so figured I would dig into this sample from Yezi tea. I’m also a bit lacking in dexterity so I didn’t want to fool around with a gaiwan this morning.

I went for one initial steep via mug method for the first cup. First impressions are that this is lightly fruity with some gentle notes of malt. Very mellow, lacking in bitterness which is a plus for yours truly. It’s easy to sip on plain. I am still sleepy but feel like I notice something creamy in the aroma of this tea, perhaps it’s coconut, hmm.

Second steep I did for 3 minutes to see what other flavors I could coax out of it. It still seems very light and mild with gentle cocoa notes. Other people have mentioned a smoke note and I think I’m getting a bit of that here in the finish. Also still getting a kind of creaminess with this tea.

I’d prefer to drink something mild like this in the afternoon but overall I quite like it. It doesn’t need additions at all but takes a splash of soymilk fairly well. This tea is like an easy going friend.

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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213 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

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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




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…


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


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


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


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

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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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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.

205 °F / 96 °C

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