Wild-Picked Yunnan Jin Jun Mei

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  • “First gongfu session of the day, this savory Jin Jun Mei the Charlotte Zero sent to me awhile back is doing the trick. It starts out like whole wheat honey toast, later taking on a peppery quality...” Read full tasting note
  • “Another day of intense study, another black tea, and another delightful piece of music. It’s really crunch time for me, so I’ll keep this brief. Today, I’m pairing this malty black tea with more...” Read full tasting note
  • “It’s been four months since I reviewed this tea. I was wondering what I would think after going so long without even tasting it at all. I’ll admit that I was hoarding the half ounce portion in my...” Read full tasting note
  • “mmmm sipdown on another tea that the lovely terri sent my way. It was really nice to have this back in my cupboard again for a brief moment :) I really like the steeps and resteeps of this one,...” Read full tasting note

From Verdant Tea

A malty, savory black tea with the crisp sweetness of Jin Jun Mei and the buttery thickness of Dian Hong…

This wild-picked budset tea provides a uniquely rich and savory cup. In early steepings, the malty profiles of barley and wheat are in the foreground, with the sweet creaminess of butter. These savory flavors feel somewhat like fresh-baked whole-grain toast with a touch of sweet cream butter melted on top. Yet the aftertaste betrays the fine budset quality of the tea through a smooth sweetness, as though a touch of honey was spread on the buttered toast.

In later steepings, the savory grain flavors are more subdued, replaced by an unexpected crisp flavor, and slight sparkling peppery texture. It may be a bit too metaphorical, but this tea almost tastes sunny in later steepings. There is a bright warmth, coupled with the brilliant red-orange of the tea in the cup that suggests morning sunlight.

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Sipdown! 818.

Unfortunately I paid little to no attention to this one as I drank it, so only noticed that it was tasty, and really nothing else. Bad me. Re-steeped it just now to enjoy shortly (though at this point I’m letting everything cool to at least room temp, because I’m still too hot…)

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59 tasting notes

We did a cold press of this last night. 10 pinches in our gallon spigot/jar we got from Target.

Stirred it up and poured myself a glass just now. It tastes like chai.
Not kidding. Sweet sweet..with honey and cream and I don’t know what other magic. I had no idea.



Must try this!


I’m so happy we decided to make this one. It’s so good! I think I’m on my sixth or seventh glass so far today….. At this rate, we’ll be through the gallon by the end of the day, ready to cold-brew the leaves again.


I loved this tea. Mine was a sample but as soon I’m ready to order again it will be on my list!

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417 tasting notes

After recently drinking the Jin Jun Mei from The Mandarin’s Tea Room, this one is leaving me feeling just “meh”. The one thing I noticed about The Mandarin’s Tea Room Jin Jun Mei was that the leaves were impossibly small. Now I believe I understand the name, the leaves of the higher grades are as small as eyebrow hairs.

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Terri HarpLady

Ah, that explains it!! LOL
I used to really love Verdant’s Wild picked jin jun mei, but I ran out of it months ago! So this proves that you are possibly even more of a hoarder than I am. :D


I could help make us more even by sending you the rest…? :-)

Terri HarpLady

Seriously? If you don’t care for it, I’d be glad to take it off your hand, LOL

Terri HarpLady

Then I could include it in my upcoming ‘jin jun mei’ trials!


Absolutely. Going to the Post Office on my lunch break anyhow. I will send you the rest. :-)

Terri HarpLady

You are awesome!

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985 tasting notes

Tea of the morning…..

This was the free sample sent with my first Verdant Tea order. Very pleased! I am drinking this one unsweetened in new teaware. I added a 14 oz Forlife Q Teapot in teal blue to my arsenal. It just made sense for how I drink tea to have a smaller teapot. I am not sure I will ever have a Yixing, or a Gong Fu set as they seem kind of overwhelming to me (I also don’t have the space to store dedicated yixing to a certain tea, or room to store all the pieces of a set.) For now, I just like things that are easy to manage (and clean!) Love the teapot. No drips.

The tea is remarkable, too. It is chocolately, bready, malty. Very smooth. No astringency, which is how I like it. I am getting so set in my ways as far as tea is concerned. I guess I have tried enough tea at this point to know what I really like, and this fits my profile. (I am becoming a little less enamored with greens and oolongs, but I am hoping it is just a phase.) For all those reasons, this was a good sample for me. If I were in the market for stash expansion, it would be on the list for sure. Until things change, I think I will have to enjoy what I have. This is definitely a place I would only purchase in small amounts as the prices are quite a bit higher than my normal range. Service is wonderful, teas I have tried are fabulous, though.

14 oz teapot. 2 tsp tea, freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Resteep ahead.

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300 tasting notes

Love! I want to scream out loud that I love this tea. In fact I did shout it down the stairs at the husband. I knew this was the next tea I wanted to try when I opened up the tiny tin I placed it in awhile ago when I got it as a complimentary sample. It smells so familiar though I couldn’t quite place it till the first sip. I had a moment of panic, thinking I had somehow drunk this sample, forgot to log it, replaced it with Bailin Gongfu and forgot to relabel. Not a chance, but those first few sips were so decievingly Fujian in nature, by which I mean grainy, malty, cocoa sweetness and a hint of juicy dark fruit. But then came the butter, honey and spice all also wonderful and present unlike my unfortunate Yunnan black brewing yesterday. This is a very flavorful, complex, yet balanced black and I’m only on the first five sec infusion. More to come. Three steeps in, getting darker richer and more savory, LOVE!!! Ohhh steeps 5 and 6 so unbelievably sweet and steep 7… intense sweetness but now with a dark thickness that reminds me of Twin Elephants Trail Shu, oh… my… swoons


was your husband thrilled or does he think you’re a kook? ;-)

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From what I could make out from upstairs his tone sounded mildly supportive. However I am sure the latter is also true, probably always. He drinks tea but he freely admits he doesn’t have a discerning palate and doesn’t like my short steeps. He’s probably just relieved I’m not marching downstairs handing him a cup. Toddler is enjoying it with me now though. “You put chocolate in it?”. No. “You put butter in it?”. Hehe.


yeah, my dearest tries to feign enthusiasm at times but I don’t think he quite understands. :)


“You put chocolate/butter in it?” That is so cute!!!!! From the mouth of babes.

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1220 tasting notes

Since I have two samples of this tea from who knows when, I figured I’d bring one along and give it a try. I have plenty for a couple different times, so I figured first up, I’d brew it western style according to the directions on Verdant’s site.

The first steep was the best, it was like a dian hong meets an assam. It tastes a lot like a cake made with malts. Very sweet and deeply flavored like a dark honey in there too.

I wasn’t impressed with the second steep but I probably did not steep it long enough.

Third steep is more like the toast mentioned by a lot of people, with a lighter honey taste, and just a bit of spice.

Will have to try it iced also, and in my gaiwan when I’m back home.

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171 tasting notes

This is a very complex tea. A lot of different flavours come through. It is very smooth and creamy, but I am not a fan. I did two steepings and preferred the first, the second was very peppery and I couldn’t finish the cup. My pup enjoyed it though :).
It is a very nice tea, just not my cup.

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186 tasting notes

Came as a sample in my order. I have to say that I was happy to see it and now I’m just looking at the small bag and suffering as it disappears. I had this tea Gong fu style and it does NOT disappoint. Sweet and malty almost caramel like but feels smooth and clean in the mouth. It later gives its pepperish hints into a spicy greatness that seemed apparent for the rest of the other steepings, gives that ‘sparkling’ sensation in the description.

What can I say, samplers are the gateway to 4oz orders.

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281 tasting notes

Finishing up my last bit of this. Didn’t realize I hadn’t logged this before! I enjoy the flavor profile of this tea. It tastes like toasted grain with a hint of potato. It has a nice warming quality and is one of those teas that I would describe as tasting ‘happy’. Perhaps this is the sunny quality Verdant refers to? As it cools it slowly becomes sweeter. It is an appropriate tea for the below zero windchills here today!

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149 tasting notes

I’m getting mildly irritated at all of the papers that I’ve been writing/need to write, so I’m taking a short (well, maybe long-ish) tea break as I take notes on this and watch a bit of Mad Men. I got a sample of this in my first order from Verdant, tried it once Western-style, but didn’t really enjoy it. This time, I’m trying this out Gongfu style.

Dry leaf aroma: Sweet, almost chocolate-y. It reminds me of some sweet snack or dessert I had at some point in my life, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

First infusion: Tea liquor has a golden hue. Light, slightly sweet, wheaty flavour. Creamy?

Second infusion: Maltier than the first infusion, and I’m definitely beginning to taste something honeylike. At one point I thought I could taste a spice that has a light ‘bite’ to it— cinnamon? Pepper?

Third infusion: Still wheaty, as if I had taken a bite out of fresh wheat bread. Ah, there it is. A little peppery. The creaminess/butteriness is fading.

Fourth infusion: Steeped this a bit longer than I intended to, whoops. Still quite malty, but the honey isn’t as prominent as it was in previous steeps. The creaminess is now mostly gone and has been replaced with a (slightly tingly?) peppery taste. And on that pleasant note, I think I’m going to head back to writing.

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