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drank Jin Jun Mei by Tealyra
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I finished a favorite Jin Jun Mei a couple months ago and then immediately found a couple on Tealyra and then immediately ordered them. (Shakes head.)  But I don’t have any other Jin Jun Mei right now!  (Excuses.)  Anyway, the leaf here is very twisty and tangled, long, silky with plenty gold.  Steeped up, the leaves have a tomato soup fragrance.  Also very dominating in the flavor while I try to swim through all that tomato soup to notice any other flavors.  The creamiest of tomato soup.  I don’t mind the tomato soup flavor, but I also don’t really want Jin Jun Mei to taste like that.   None of the (admittedly limited) Jin Jun Mei that I have tried has really tasted like this in the past. I like the depth of the black tea here though – not too light, while also being sweet enough.  Second steep: exactly the same.   I wish I could pick this one apart more, but I have plenty more to enjoy later on.  I have had it a few times now and the results are always the same. 
Steep #1  // 1  1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 18 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 3 minutes after boiling //  4 minute steep

Cameron B.

Tomato soup tea sounds interesting!

tea-sipper

Many recent black teas have been tasting like this for me recently. Not sure if it’s the harvests or my tastebuds. :D

Cameron B.

I can see it, I often get a savoriness from Fujian hongcha so it’s not that far of a stretch.

Leafhopper

Dill pickles, tomato soup … Jin Jun Mei seems to have some weird flavours!

tea-sipper

haha, now I want tomato soup WITH dill pickles in it.

Leafhopper

LOL! I’m not sure if that would be tasty or just weird. Maybe a bit of both!

tea-sipper

I’d definitely try it!

Lexie Aleah

I’ve always wanted to make an old-fashioned tomato soup cake.

tea-sipper

Tomato soup cake! Never heard of it.. must look it up…

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Cameron B.

Tomato soup tea sounds interesting!

tea-sipper

Many recent black teas have been tasting like this for me recently. Not sure if it’s the harvests or my tastebuds. :D

Cameron B.

I can see it, I often get a savoriness from Fujian hongcha so it’s not that far of a stretch.

Leafhopper

Dill pickles, tomato soup … Jin Jun Mei seems to have some weird flavours!

tea-sipper

haha, now I want tomato soup WITH dill pickles in it.

Leafhopper

LOL! I’m not sure if that would be tasty or just weird. Maybe a bit of both!

tea-sipper

I’d definitely try it!

Lexie Aleah

I’ve always wanted to make an old-fashioned tomato soup cake.

tea-sipper

Tomato soup cake! Never heard of it.. must look it up…

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80-95 – Also pretty delicious
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1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

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