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drank Jin Jun Mei by KIMICHA
58 tasting notes

I must thank Azz for this award winnig sample. It’s actually a little confusing though. I don’t know much about the varieties of black tea, nor the differences from keemun, assam, darjeeling, etc. That said, I am confused about the flavor I’m getting from this tea.

The dry leaf smells fruity, yet the drink itself has a stronger malty aroma. the first sip is where the confusion began. Though there is a malty note, it is not overly so. A faint smokey note is present, but stronger is the fruity sweetness that makes itself apparent as the sip is swallowed. I am really surprised at how smooth and light this cup is. Though it is not bold, make no mistake, it still has much to say. I think I made this cup a little strong yet there is only the tiniest bit of astringency. I, ‘THE ASTRINGENCY WEENIE’ that does not normally make his cup strong has spoken; this tea a smooth drinker! I love it, which is good since Kimicha notes that this black can be steeped SEVEN times!

Also note that this is my first cup after sleeping (the third shift switching back to first shift for the weekend kind of sleep that leaves you feeling weird) and yet I welcome it with open arms…I guess that would be mouth eh.

A little more on Azz and my thankfulness to her; she is a peach! I’m sure many of you know that but I still feel the need to exclaim it. You see she painstakingly, atleast I believe it was painstaking- I wasn’t there and she may have just tossed a bunch of leftover samples in a box, though I doubt it, she painstakingly went through her stash and hand selected such a variety as to completely overwhelm a ‘newer to tea’ drinker. Many of the samples were from a depleted bag, but she made sure to give me a taste so I’m very thankful Azz.

tunes-Black Keys(again today)=I’m Not The One/The Go Getter/Sinister Kid/Next Girl/She’s Long Gone…same as earlier I’m just gonna play the whole Brothers album. Black keys rock and if you don’t know it you NEED to. Ask anyone that likes them- they love them and don’t downplay how good they are. Nobody has said to me “they’re OK”, but rather “they rock!”.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Azzrian

Awee thanks! That is so sweet!
I try to sort of look at what someone has, what they have on their wish list, and try to get a few in each box that I think will give a new experience, something close to what they may have on their wish list, etc. Its not an exact science and sometimes I get sidetracked when studying things (by work) so end up finishing it from instinct. I am glad that you have been enjoying your selections! :)

Azzrian

I mean your samples – my selections haha

DaisyChubb

Black Keys DO rock! I love their style – creating music that isn’t cookie-cutter with perfect edits. It’s just as engaging listening to recordings as it is to see them live! Although I wish with all my heart they would come to Halifax so I could rock out at a concert- that would be amazing!

tunes&tea

I love the various styles they display; some serious old blues, 70’s funky ballads, and the attitude is just cool.

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Azzrian

Awee thanks! That is so sweet!
I try to sort of look at what someone has, what they have on their wish list, and try to get a few in each box that I think will give a new experience, something close to what they may have on their wish list, etc. Its not an exact science and sometimes I get sidetracked when studying things (by work) so end up finishing it from instinct. I am glad that you have been enjoying your selections! :)

Azzrian

I mean your samples – my selections haha

DaisyChubb

Black Keys DO rock! I love their style – creating music that isn’t cookie-cutter with perfect edits. It’s just as engaging listening to recordings as it is to see them live! Although I wish with all my heart they would come to Halifax so I could rock out at a concert- that would be amazing!

tunes&tea

I love the various styles they display; some serious old blues, 70’s funky ballads, and the attitude is just cool.

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Another revision…
My name is Dave. I enjoy shu pu’erhs, but starting to branch toward shengs. I drink darker oolongs daily, though I’ve been finding greener types that have less grassy astringency that I’m very happy with. And finally, some black teas are making it into my cup somewhat regularly.

I still have much to learn and welcome all of the suggestions sent my way. I’m also thankful for the many samples sent to me and without them would not have learned what I have thus far. Now that I’ve had several types of tea to try I’ve came to realize that I’m picky and much prefer traditional teas as opposed to blends, though there are still some that grab me.

I’m a wimp when it comes to astringency so take anything I say about this characteristic with a grain of salt(ASTRINGENCY WEENIE MAN, or AWM for short).

Other ramblings;
About tunes; I, like many, love them. I like adding them to my notes, but I feel like if someone were let’s say knitting or painting or reading a book that it would help the readers to get a better feel for how the writer may be impressioned about his environment toward his tea experience.
I wish I would have paid more attention to the grammer teachers so many years ago and not doodling band insignias. I should revisit the proper use of commas for starters, which I love.
I also love, and probably over use, parenthesis (the use of them may be a second personality coming to surface).
I’m a two finger typer and it may take me over an hour to write a note between my typing and creating a musical environment to write a ‘proper’ note with.
I try to PM everyone who follows/return follows me a hello and an offer of suggestions on what I’ve came across on Steepster. I was a little lost at first and almost quit so I’ve taken it upon myself to help others get through the first day. I plan to write a discussion on this topic.
If you’ve not listened to the enchanting stories about Dave and Morley go to ‘The Vinyl Cafe with Stuart Mclean’ website and listen to a podcast or two. Many of the Canadians on here I’ve asked had, yet surprisingly many had not heard of it.

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