China Fujian 'Jin Jun Mei' Black Tea

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Chocolate, Clean, Drying, Fruity, Grapes, Herbaceous, Juicy, Lemon, Malt, Malty, Menthol, Mineral, Rose, Smooth, Spicy, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Tangy, Tobacco, Bread, Grain, Butter, Dill, Earth, Floral, Honey, Lavender, Smoke, Umami, Vegetal
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190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 5 g 7 oz / 209 ml

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A smooth tea with a sweet malt loaf taste with floral rose hints in the background.

Tasting Notes:
- Smooth texture
- Sweet malt loaf taste
- Subtle rose hints

Harvest: Spring, April 3rd 2020

Origin: Cheng Dun Village, Wuyishan, Fujian, China

Sourced: Direct from the farmer
Cultivar: Wuyi Qizhong

Brewing Advice:
- Heat water to roughly 95°C/203°F
- Use 1-2 teaspoons per cup/small teapot
-Brew 2-3 minutes

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1484 tasting notes

As I get ready for work —

Beautiful aromatic mix of sweet chocolate and rose, tangy lemon-malt and sweet potato with fruity and sweet red grape overtone, herbaceous tobacco undertone. Light and buoyant, sparkling, juicy swallow. Fruity red grape aftertaste. Not a heavy tea but subtly fortifying and also spicy-drying-warming. Lots of tongue tingling and mouthwatering give way to a cooling sensation in mouth that has eventually made its way into my ears. The aroma of the tea sticks to the empty mason jar, reminding me of the sips I just experienced.

Thanks for letting me dip into this bag, Leafhopper! This is a really good tea. The wonderful thing about What-Cha is they have many teas I want to keep as staples and this one has made it to the list.

Flavors: Chocolate, Clean, Drying, Fruity, Grapes, Herbaceous, Juicy, Lemon, Malt, Malty, Menthol, Mineral, Rose, Smooth, Spicy, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Tangy, Tobacco

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

That is a beautiful tea experience to have before work!




Thanks for the preview of the 2022 Jin Jun Mei! I’m glad you got roses in this batch, as I did in the last one I tried from Daylon. The red grapes might be new; I’d have to check my tasting note to see if I detected them before.

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I forgot I’d been hunting roses in this tea. Maybe a re-order for my inner Elmer Fudd. It’s delicious, but I absolutely don’t have my arms all the way around it yet.

Daylon R Thomas

How are you brewing this one up?


Gong fu, pretty well filling my 5oz pot as I recall. Temp around 195 or so.

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I don’t have much experience with Jin Jun Mei, and the few I’ve tried weren’t good enough to justify the price. Thanks, Daylon R Thomas, for sending me this version from What-Cha. I steeped 6 g of leaf in a 120 ml teapot at 190F for 7, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

In the bag, this smells like chocolate, bread, rose, and dill pickle chips. (Yes, I know, I’m a barbarian.) I think this is an association with a certain floral, herbaceous note over the grainy base, but it’s very pronounced. The first steep has notes of chocolate, malt, bread, butter, sweet potato, rose, other flowers, smoke, and, sigh, slightly vegetal, salty pickle. The pickle dissipates in the second steep, where I get tobacco, smoke, chocolate, bread, rose, and more sweet potato. The next few steeps are more bready and malty, with rose, lavender, sweet potato, and faint smoke. Earth and minerals come in on steep five. The session goes on forever, and though the body thins out, the honey, bread, floral, and smoky notes continue. The session ends with malt, earth, minerals, smoke, dill, some vegetal notes, and slight florality.

This is a beautiful bready, chocolaty, rosy tea that goes many rounds. I have to say that the dill was a fun distraction, and I wonder what it is “supposed” to be for people with better palates. This tea has improved my opinion of Jin Jun Mei. I might have to try a small amount of the really pricy stuff to see how it compares.

Flavors: Bread, Butter, Chocolate, Dill, Earth, Floral, Grain, Herbaceous, Honey, Lavender, Malt, Mineral, Rose, Smoke, Sweet Potatoes, Tobacco, Umami, Vegetal

190 °F / 87 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Daylon R Thomas

I liked this one more than previous versions. I was so let down when it went out of season. The $1 per gram ones tend to be too vegetal for me, but this one is so good and complex. I am glad you liked it!


This JJM and the Lapsang must have been very popular, since to my knowledge, they were only on the site for a couple months. I do wonder what those pickle notes were supposed to be.

Daylon R Thomas

The roast????


Maybe, though I haven’t made that association with other roasted teas.


Can’t remember which ones but I’ve gotten pickle in some black teas. The only jin jum mei I can remember having is Old Ways Tea 2017. It was deep and low, complex with great fruity/citrusy and orchid accents, not at all chocolatey for me. Their 2017 Premium is a scary $4USD/g.


Yikes! That tea sounds amazing, though. It makes the 2021 fruity JJM from Wuyi Origin seem downright affordable at $19 for 25 g.


Sounds like the jin jun mei I should try! Except for the…sigh…dill pickle. :D


LOL, maybe you wouldn’t get that note, tea-sipper! I really liked What-Cha’s Jin Jun Mei.

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1698 tasting notes

MMMMMmmmmm so glad I have a 100 grams of this. I was deeply satisfied in this deceptive cold, so comforting and chocolaty.

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