I finished a favorite Jin Jun Mei a couple months ago and then immediately found a couple on Tealyra and then immediately ordered them. (Shakes head.) But I don’t have any other Jin Jun Mei right now! (Excuses.) Anyway, the leaf here is very twisty and tangled, long, silky with plenty gold. Steeped up, the leaves have a tomato soup fragrance. Also very dominating in the flavor while I try to swim through all that tomato soup to notice any other flavors. The creamiest of tomato soup. I don’t mind the tomato soup flavor, but I also don’t really want Jin Jun Mei to taste like that. None of the (admittedly limited) Jin Jun Mei that I have tried has really tasted like this in the past. I like the depth of the black tea here though – not too light, while also being sweet enough. Second steep: exactly the same. I wish I could pick this one apart more, but I have plenty more to enjoy later on. I have had it a few times now and the results are always the same.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 3 minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep