Loved this tea, and Sipdown!
This tea is one of the lighter Jin Jun Mei’s I’ve had, and it’s filled to the brim with golden fuzzy trichomes. I swear I dumped a 3 of a teaspoon of golden dust into my Manual Gaiwan. So pretty…
So here’s more of an update on the tea as I’ve had it so far. I’ve only been able to get the denser chocolate or cocoa notes if I really up the leaf levels, especially above 5 grams or a 1 g to 1 oz ratio closer to 7-8 grams for 5 oz longer steeps gong fu, or even more. On it’s own, it’s primarily sweet, malty, yam heavy, lightly toasty, honeysuckle, and floral pine with a little bit of a brassy note, some dried fruit like dried white raisins. Most sessions have been tumbler hauls, so I haven’t really gong fu’d it as much as I’d like, but since this tea has gotten a little softer over time, I’ve grandpa’d or western steeped it more often.
My rating remains the same, though I can see myself rating it higher. Trident’s service in coupling with the price range and flavor of the tea make me come back to it pretty often. Essentially, it’s my bougie tumbler drinker.
I also have many more black teas to finish off that I’m having a hard time getting through. Some of them I’ve hoarded avoided opening because I want to keep them as long as possible, but I’m going to have to.
Has anyone else found that golden, or more bud based black teas tend to not last as long as their black counterparts? Any personal experience or tea pro knowledge would be awesome!
Flavors: Caramel, Dried Fruit, Floral, Honeysuckle, Malt, Pine, Raisins, Sweet, Yams