2013 First Flush Spring Guangdong Jinxuan Maofeng Black Tea

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Grain, Honey, Malt
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200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 11 oz / 325 ml

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Jinxuan is a very specia tea variety, which is mostly cultivated in Taiwan, and made as Jinxuan oolong.

This is a new cultiviation tea variety in Guangdong area in high altitute. It has a very unique black tea aroma, which is unlike any other black tea aroma. Very special variety aroma and taste it it. Sweet taste without any bitterness or astrigency. Transparent golden red color.

Tea tree: Jinxuan tea variety in Growing in Shaoguan city of Guangdong Provine

Harvest time: 2013 spring

Picking standard: One bud with two leaves

Shape: plump bud with tight leaves

Dried tea color: golden bud color with bloom dark brown leaves

Aroma: fresh, sweetness

Tea soup color: bright orange color

Taste: fresh, sweet, mellow, long aftertaste

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This is the only tea that I ordered from JK Tea Shop in larger than a sample size, namely because they didn’t have a sample size option. But I just had to try it, so 50g it is! A black tea made with Jinxuan cultivar? It sounded awesome.

The dry leaf is dark with some golden flecks. It’s not long and wiry, but not quite balled-up either. It smells awesome, like molasses and toasted grains (like molasses-based horse feed if you’ve smelled it… I say that and people think that sounds weird but that stuff actually smells amazing). Anyway, it’s definitely a smell that I enjoy, and one that many of my favorite black teas have.

I decided to do a western steep first, and my default black tea parameters since I’ve never had this type of tea before. The steeped tea smells sweet, a bit honeyed, with some dried apricot notes. It is not unlike some Taiwanese black teas that I have had before, though with a grain undertone. Like some kind of mix between a Taiwanese and Fujian black.

The flavor is sweet and a bit fruity. Definitely reminds me of a Taiwanese black, which I suppose isn’t that surprising considering it’s a jin xuan cultivar, even if it is being grown on the mainland. As it cools there is a hint of bitterness that is creeping out; I’ll have to mess around with the steeping parameters of this. Overall this is pretty nice but not overly special. There is not much to it that would make me choose it over a Taiwanese black.

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I lied! This is my last sample from Dinosara, teehee. She included this one as a freebie bonus sample, thanks dear! The leaves are long and twisty, and quite brittle. The color is dark chocolate brown. Dry scent is somewhat sweet with a fruit element. I did my usual “black tea” 3 minute steep at 200 degrees.

The brewed aroma has very strong honey notes, yum! There’s also a bit of malt and some fruitiness there. Hmm… I’m unsure what to say about the taste. My first thought it “this tastes like black tea”. It reminds me of plain ol’ unsweetened iced tea, and I’m not really sure how to describe that flavor other than just “black tea”. There’s a little bit of a grain element and a touch of honey comes out in the aftertaste, but for the most part it’s tea. I’m not sure if I’m missing something, but this one is not impressive to me. :P

Flavors: Grain, Honey, Malt

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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