2011 Certified Organic Jin Cha

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Mineral, Walnut, Wood, Cream, Leather, Vanilla
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Certification
Organic
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Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 6 oz / 168 ml

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  • “Struggled with this one today – while it was smooth and dark and tasty, there was no real nuance to this one through multiple steepings. I’ll have to play with it some more another day and see...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is my first time enjoying a Puer tea pressed into the Jin cha mushroom shape. The dry leaves sitting in a warm gongfu teapot smell like earth and muddy pasture with little hints of musty...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Another great sample from Garret! Definitely get vanilla throughout all the steepings that gets creamier the longer you steep. For some reason I couldn’t get the flavor strength to my liking,...” Read full tasting note
    90
  • “Received this as a free sample with my lasts order. Thank you so much Garret for including it. I’ve been drinking it and playing with the steep parameters all day. I can’t find the sweet spot. ...” Read full tasting note

From Mandala Tea

"Jin Cha" is tea pressed into a mushroom shape. This 250 gram beauty is a Nan Jian production, pressed in 2011 from leaves picked in the Wu Liang area.

We’ve come to expect a certain sweetness when tasting Nan Jian teas. It’s very apparent in this tea, too! The three of us who tasted it all noted "creamy" from the first sip. In fact, as the tea liquor cooled an aroma somewhat like vanilla pudding started to emerge. The wet leaves themselves possess a deep and intriguing earth aroma. The sweetness of the tea lingers in the mouth and a mild cooling sensation down into the the throat continues after the last cup is gone. A wonderful gifting tea because of its unique shape and crowd-pleasing flavor.

250 grams is equivalent to 8.8 ounces. Certified organic.
https://shopmandalatea.com/2011-certified-organic-jin-cha.html

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10102 tasting notes

Struggled with this one today – while it was smooth and dark and tasty, there was no real nuance to this one through multiple steepings. I’ll have to play with it some more another day and see what i can do.

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This is my first time enjoying a Puer tea pressed into the Jin cha mushroom shape. The dry leaves sitting in a warm gongfu teapot smell like earth and muddy pasture with little hints of musty mineral like the inside of a concrete basement or a stone cave.

After a rinse, the wet leaves smell like walnuts, wood, and mineral. The warm tea liquid smells like dough. On the first infusion the onset of the flavor is woody with hints of bamboo and a sweet background. There are some mineral notes, but it isn’t as earthy tasting as I expected it might be. The mouthfeel of this tea is incredibly juicy. It makes me salivate a lot and yet it also feels very wet and mouth-coating on its own.

In the next couple infusions, the sweetness is a bit less, and a wood flavor is what comes through the most. There are hints of root vegetables like beets. I accidentally let the fourth infusion sit for a few minutes, rather than the short 20-30 second infusions I started out with, so it tasted considerably more thick, but surprisingly not overbrewed or overpowering. There are slightly bitter earthy notes of cocoa or Pacific Rim region coffee now, but the drink is still quite clean and smooth.

The next infusion was shorter again and was pretty sweet again, really clean and not musty at all. While I seem to have had the experience that most ripe Puer tastes similar, I think what is beginning to make one stand out over another in terms of quality is the texture or sweetness of them, and with this one having a really nice clean, juicy texture, and a nice sweetness to it, I think this is really good quality ripe Puer… plus it comes in the shape of a cute little mushroom. It’s hard to say no to that! My only concern is that it doesn’t store as easily as a disc shaped Puer cake does and right now I live in a really small apartment with very little shelf space for more tea, so I’m not sure if the mushroom shape is really meant for me.

Flavors: Mineral, Walnut, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Another great sample from Garret!
Definitely get vanilla throughout all the steepings that gets creamier the longer you steep.
For some reason I couldn’t get the flavor strength to my liking, despite some extended steep times(4 and 6 minutes after the initial 45sec.)
I still have 4g left, going to experiment with the last bit with even longer steep times and will update afterwards.

Flavors: Cream, Leather, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lion

I can see the vanilla note now that you mention it. I accidentally left my Puer to steep way longer than I wanted and it still didn’t have a really strong flavor. I think with ripe Puer you’d do better to use more leaf than to steep it longer. It’s really hard to brew it stronger based on time, but I guess if all you have is a sample that makes it difficult. Maybe use less water?

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Received this as a free sample with my lasts order. Thank you so much Garret for including it.

I’ve been drinking it and playing with the steep parameters all day. I can’t find the sweet spot. The first few infusions seems really bold and in your face, the later steeps seemed weak and uninteresting. Couldn’t find much in between. I don’t hate this, but just feel like it should be more interesting than I could make it. Was nice to spend the day with, but there are much better pu’erhs out there. I’m just going to file this under finicky and move on.

looseTman

with these two keywords: Mandala & organic – Ooh, I’m interested.
Dexter, Did you ask Garret for his brewing recommendations for this particular pu-erh?

looseTman

TeaBrat may also have some helpful suggestions.

TeaBrat

All I did was gong fu as usual and I thought it was great. Sorry can’t offer anything more specific.

Garret

HI! I’d try shorter first infusions, Dex. Sounds like you may be overbrewing it upfront.

People are going nuts over this one and we had one woman order 40 of these through us to keep here in our vault to ship a little with each of her orders! We were immediately in love with this one and I have a stash of it, myself. But… just because so many like it doesn’t mean it’s your cup of tea :) Too bad we can’t sit down together and let me brew some up for you. Wouldn’t that be fun? Joy to each of you on this thread. Thanks, Charles!

Grateful,
Garret

Dexter

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Thanks Garret – I’m not disagreeing with you about over steeping up front – but I couldn’t find the right balance. I actually drank it all day in two different sessions. I’m not the hard and fast rule type and I steep more by instinct than by the clock. Shug – so it could be user error, but in my world when it’s about that color it’s done. Something like 4g/170ml flash rinse twice then I probably started at like 10 seconds. I just found that when it got to that color it was too strong for me and if you didn’t let it come to that color then it was too mild. There just didn’t seem to be a happy medium for me.
Who knows – maybe the pu’erh gods weren’t smiling on me, maybe I wasn’t in the right mood. It could be anything, but for my tastes – this one didn’t make me happy. There are so many of your shou pu’erhs that I would rather drink.
Then again, I would LOVE for you to make tea and share a cup (or several). Really should be looking at a Minneapolis and area long weekend – it’s really not that far from here. :))

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