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


YES. I have definitely noticed that the more golden leaf black teas are very complex when fresh, but fade in flavor very quickly.

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YES. I have definitely noticed that the more golden leaf black teas are very complex when fresh, but fade in flavor very quickly.

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Tillerman Tea Traditional Oxidation Oolong
Tillerman Tea Phoenix Village Dong Dings
Good Luxurious Work Teas
A good Qilan
Best Sachet Teas

Dislikes: Heavy Tannin, Astringency, Bitterness, or Fake Flavor, Overly herby herbal or aged teas

Picky with: Higher Oxidation Oolongs, Red Oolongs (Some I love, others give me headaches or are almost too sweet), Mint Teas

Currently, my stash is overflowing. Among my favorites are What-Cha’s Lishan Black, Amber Gaba Oolong, Lishan Oolong, Qilan Oolong, White Rhino, Kenya Silver Needle, Tong Mu Lapsang Black (Unsmoked); Whispering Pines Alice, Taiwaneese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong


I am an MSU graduate, and current alternative ed. high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), practice calisthenics on rings, lift weights, workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii. Eastern Asian influence was prominent with my friends and where I grew up, so I’ve been exposed to some tea culture at a young age. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.


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