I’m no good at picking out specific flavors in tea. The tea is vegetal, creamy and very good. It has become my go to for a lazy Sunday.
“I’m no good at picking out specific flavors in tea. The tea is vegetal, creamy and very good. It has become my go to for a lazy Sunday.” Read full tasting note
“This is an interesting tea sent as a sample from Sanne. I dont usually go for anything too vegetal or green tasting. so here goes: The aroma from the steeped leaves is a roast oolong smell but...” Read full tasting note
“This Jin Xuan Tea is from the farm of Mr. Ye Bu Guang (see http://www.sannetea.com/about-our-partners/) and was harvested in Spring 2015 in Wuhe, Hualien, Taiwan. Mr. Ye Bu Guang does not use any...” Read full tasting note
Jin Xuan is a tea strain only grown in Taiwan. Jin Xuan, also called No.12, was created by hybridizing Taiwan No. 8 (Assam Jaipuri strain) with Ying Zhi Hong Xin (a strain with a hard stem and red inner). Although Jin Xuan is a relatively new cultivar, first grown in the 1980’s, it is the second most popular tea strain in Taiwan, after Chin Shin Oolong.
Jin Xuan Tea has become so popular for reason. Jin Xuan Tea is one of the most exuberant tea strains in Taiwan. With proper care, Jin Xuan tea trees can be harvested all year round. Most farmers harvest with machines to cut down the cost for mass production. Other than economic reasons, Jin Xuan Tea is known for its unique milky flavor, which appears naturally from the strain itself. The name, “Milk” Oolong, often misleads people into thinking that the Jin Xuan Tea is made with milk. The high quality Jin Xuan Tea has a splendid naturally creamy flavor with a touch of toffee sweetness. When brewed, the tea has a bright honey green color, and leaves a palate-pleasing osmanthus fragrance en su boca.
This tea comes from Wuhe area, near the Tropic of Cancer. The farmer’s family has been devoted to organic farming for generations. Unlike other farmers, this farmer makes Jin Xuan Tea only from the finest hand-picked leaves. To maintain the fertility, the farmer only harvests in spring and winter, leaving the farm in fallow for the rest of the year. With pride, we provide this first-rate Jin Xuan Tea for your appreciation.
OriginStyle of Tea: Jin Xuan Tea (Taiwan No.12) Harvest Date: Spring, 2015 Oxidation Level: Light Roasting Level: Light Location: Wuhe, Ruisui Township, Hualien County Picking Style: Hand Picked Cultivar: Taiwanese No.12 Farm Elevation: 250-300 meters
Brewing GuidelinesWater Temperature: 194 F degrees / 90 C degrees Steep Time: 1st/50 seconds, 2nd/50 seconds, 3rd/70 seconds, adding 20 seconds for subsequent infusions Suggested Serving Size: 6 grams / 220 ml water The same tea leaves can be steeped 5 times.
Sanne Tea is the place where you can find high-quality and pesticide-free Taiwanese tea. The founder came from a Taiwanese family that loves and drinks tea for several generations. We want to share our enthusiasm and passion for Taiwanese tea and natural farming with the world. As our commitment, we source and sell 100% natural, zero pesticide teas. We are very excited about the teas that we have to offer, and are very much looking forward to meeting other tea lovers here. We worked hard to find the Taiwanese tea that is 100% grown in Taiwan and build the relationships with local farmers, not to mention that the tea has to be affordable. We, along with several tea farmers who we trust, would like to promote true Taiwanese tea to the global market. Thank you for visiting us and please go to our website:www.sannetea.com
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This is an interesting tea sent as a sample from Sanne. I dont usually go for anything too vegetal or green tasting. so here goes:
The aroma from the steeped leaves is a roast oolong smell but with a pungent veg coming through.
Initial steeps (50s,50s) are dark green cooked vegetables, but nicely done. nothing bad in there at all! and with a nice sweet aftertaste aromatic thing swirling round in my mouth. Its not bad, interesting as this wouldnt usually be the sort of tea I go for. The flavour thins out a bit as I went through the later steeps.
I like that Sanne have very clear brewing instructions on their packets. Makes for an enjoyable sample.
Again, not the sort of tea I usually go for but it was an enjoyable experience. Im guessing if you like vegetal teas, and darker green tasting ones appeal, this could be a nice one for you.
Flavors: Asparagus, Kale, Sweet, Vegetables
This Jin Xuan Tea is from the farm of Mr. Ye Bu Guang (see http://www.sannetea.com/about-our-partners/) and was harvested in Spring 2015 in Wuhe, Hualien, Taiwan. Mr. Ye Bu Guang does not use any pesticides or herbicides, but practices complete organic farming! Apparently the Taiwanese standard for organic farming is much more strict than the US one is, so that’s only good news.
On to the tea itself: it consist of dark green, very tightly packed, balls of tea, that emit a nice flavorful smell. Upon steeping the balls start to unfurl, but it takes several steepings before they are completely unrolled. At that point they reveal that the balls actually consists of twigs with more than one tealeave on it.
The steeped tea has a strong dark green roasted vegetable taste (all in a good way!), and has a thick, smooth consistency. The roasted vegetable taste became less prominent in latter steeps. It makes for a great tasty tea!