Imperial Grade Jin Jun Mei from Tong Mu Guan Village * Spring 2013

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Black Tea
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Flavors
Brown Toast, Earth, Floral, Malt, Molasses, Raisins, Roasted nuts
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Edit tea info Last updated by Terri HarpLady
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “I've been sitting at my desk for the last hour or so, paying bills, reading emails, balancing bank accounts, & sipping this tea. The warmed aroma of toast drenched with honey is so enticing, and...” Read full tasting note
    Terri HarpLady 2973 tasting notes
  • “Also from *Nicole* (and I suspect originally from *boychik*). I figured since I tried the "regular" version of this, I might as well try the imperial grade next so I could compare! These leaves...” Read full tasting note
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    CameronB 544 tasting notes
  • “Another from the endless Yunnan Sourcing box from *boychik!* :) This one was a little too smoky for me to be a tea I'd order and keep on hand. However, the smoke was mild enough that I did drink...” Read full tasting note
    nburriss 523 tasting notes

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AAA (Imperial) grade Jin Jun Mei from Tong Mu Guan village in the Wu Yi mountains! Special processing and super-fine leaves gives this a unique taste and strong cha qi!

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I’ve been sitting at my desk for the last hour or so, paying bills, reading emails, balancing bank accounts, & sipping this tea. The warmed aroma of toast drenched with honey is so enticing, and the cup of tea reminds me of boston brown bread.

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Also from Nicole (and I suspect originally from boychik). I figured since I tried the “regular” version of this, I might as well try the imperial grade next so I could compare! These leaves look like miniature versions of the others, but they have less golden color, which I found weird. The dry scent is very mild as well, maybe with a touch more honey? I used the same brewing parameters.

I get the same dark bread and molasses aroma, but with maybe a touch more earthiness and a more toasted scent. The taste is very roasty, which is amazing! Like a slice of dark wheat toast with a little bit of roasted unsweetened nut butter along with the molasses. And I love that so much about this tea! I also get a hint of raisiny goodness. The earth note is still there, but it seems more mellow and refined, I couldn’t compare it to smoke anymore. And I think I catch a hint of floral in the aftertaste? Couldn’t tell you what kind of flower it is, though.

There was a little bitterness in this brew, especially when taking multiple sips in quick succession. So next time I make this I might try a lower water temperature and/or a 2m30s steep. Very good though!

Flavors: Brown Toast, Earth, Floral, Malt, Molasses, Raisins, Roasted nuts

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
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Interesting to see your comparison of the two right together. I just ordered both the Premium Grande and Imperial Grade of the spring 2014 Jin Jun Mei. Can’t wait to be able to do a side by side too. :))

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Another from the endless Yunnan Sourcing box from boychik! :)

This one was a little too smoky for me to be a tea I’d order and keep on hand. However, the smoke was mild enough that I did drink it all. I couldn’t pick out any flavors other than a nice tea with a moderate woodsmoke. Glad to have had the opportunity to try it!

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