Spring 2019 Jingmai Sun-Dried Black -- Short oxidation

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Honey, Malt, Spicy, Stonefruits
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Edit tea info Last updated by Martin Bednář
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195 °F / 90 °C 5 g 10 oz / 300 ml

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  • “I have decided (same as yesterday morning) to make this tea grandpa style. So, four-five grams of tea, 300 ml of hot water (was boiling 3-5 minutes before I used it). So I guess it can have about...” Read full tasting note

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This tea is an experimental batch part our of research in black tea processing. We collected the fresh leaves in the late afternoon, we laid them in thin layers on our withering mats and let them loose some of their water overnight. On the second day, it wasn’t until after lunch that the leaves had withered enough not to break down during rolling. We wanted to make a sun-dried tea and the tea had to dry on that day, we were running late…

We went on with a one hour of tight rolling, they came out really juicy and without much breakage. But it was already two o’clock, we needed to have the tea oxidized at least two hours before sunset. Therefore, we went for a short oxidation at high temperature, we piled the leaves in a covered bamboo basket put them in the greenhouse, under the strong sun of this clear day. The enzymatic activity is accelerated at high temperature and the leaves had turned to a satisfying red after only two hours of oxidation. At four o’clock, we unpiled the leaves and spread them thinly on a large piece of cloth, they eventually managed to dry under the setting Sun.

As far as black tea goes, these leaves can be considered lightly oxidized. The tea soup feels very vivid and has an interesting depth in the mouth. The fragrance is complex and keeps coming out as the session goes.

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I have decided (same as yesterday morning) to make this tea grandpa style. So, four-five grams of tea, 300 ml of hot water (was boiling 3-5 minutes before I used it). So I guess it can have about 90°C.

Anyway, my cup is fulll of leaf now. It is making dark gold, of course bit cloudy – as no rinse was performed, with aroma of sweet malt, but bit spicy and bit of forest honey.

In taste it is light, but still somehow full-bodied tea. Nothing too much to write about, as it is just black tea :) but certainly it is smooth, enjoyable, easydrinking tea with low and nice price tag . Okay, it has got medium malty flavour with hints of spices!

I bought it for 14 dollars per 100 grams, now it is 3 dollars more. But still I guess very nice price.

Edit: My Tasting note No. 200 !!! Woohoo!

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Spicy

195 °F / 90 °C 5 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

200 doesn’t take long, does it? :)

Martin Bednář

Indeed it doesn’t. I blame my custom – each day one tea and it’s quicker than I thought.


Congrats on 200! By the way, Martin, my daughter will arrive in Prague either Friday or Saturday of this week! She will only be there a few days before heading to Poland, though.


Happy 200!

Martin Bednář

Ashmanra – thank you! As I wrote, she (or you) can write me anytime and I can try to be as much helpful as I can! I hope she will enjoy those few days in my country and Poland in the rest of her stay.

tea-sipper: thanks!


Congrats on 200!


Martin: Thank you! I forwarded your helpful message and she has your email address now if there are any more questions!

Martin Bednář

Kawaii433: thanks a lot
Ashmanra: I hope I won’t be needed, but just in case I know at least the region. I now recall that you have asked about some vendors. I, unfortunately, have no idea. I usually order from abroad, as value price/amount is usually much better. It’s sad story though.


Yay, 200 notes!

Martin Bednář

Kittena: it is faster than I thought :D

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