Alishan Jin Xuan Black Tea - 2015 Summer

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Beany, Cocoa, Creamy, Malt, Baked Bread, Honey, Lemon
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 4 oz / 130 ml

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  • “I got this in a reddit swap – can’t remember who I swapped with really…oops! An interesting black tea, different from any others I’ve had. In my mind, I described it as if a black tea and a...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is the first tea I’m trying from Taiwan Sourcing’s ‘Summer 2015 Black and Oolong’ sampler pack. I’ve been steeping it in different ways over the last couple of days, and I’ve found my perfect...” Read full tasting note

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Jin Xuan was originally developed as a specimen for making black (red) tea due to its unique character in taste. In more recent years, most Jin Xuan we encountered were made into “Jade Oolong” to celebrate its milky scent, even though it was developed for crafting small-leaf varietal black tea.

This easily enjoyable Jin Xuan black is the result of that original intention. It is no longer “milky” due to the heavy oxidation required of black tea, but instead was replaced by the scent of lemon and a classical small-leaf varietal taste. A perfect Jin Xuan cannot be more classical than this one.

Harvest: Summer 2015 / 夏 2015

Varietal: Jin Xuan / 金萱

Elevation: 1000 M

Region: Alishan / 阿里山

Oxidation Level: 85%

Roast Level: 0

Aging Potential: Medium

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I got this in a reddit swap – can’t remember who I swapped with really…oops! An interesting black tea, different from any others I’ve had. In my mind, I described it as if a black tea and a baozhong had a baby. The dry leaf didn’t have much of a smell, while the wet leaf smelled like steamed vegetables.

Throughout most of the session, the tea had a beany taste with a slight malty finish. For steeps 2-4 or so, there was a bit of cocoa in the finish as well. Also got a bit of milky creaminess in those steeps. Not much change through 9 steeps otherwise. An interesting and different black tea for sure.

Flavors: Beany, Cocoa, Creamy, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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This is the first tea I’m trying from Taiwan Sourcing’s ‘Summer 2015 Black and Oolong’ sampler pack. I’ve been steeping it in different ways over the last couple of days, and I’ve found my perfect cup at about 5-6g with 1-minute steeps in boiling water in my 200ml Yixing pot.

It’s a beautiful mellow cup, with warm, honey-like sweetness and a soft, silky mouthfeel. It has a very mild fresh lemon astringency, and the scent of the liquor and wet leaves is a gorgeous combination of honey and baking bread.

Steeped for 1-minute steeps, it’s smooth and mellow; steeped for 2 minutes, it becomes very bold and has a much darker black-tea taste; coppery and a bit malty – it does taste a little over-steeped with the longer time, but still quite well balanced between astringent and smoothly sweet.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 6 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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