Pure Gold Jin Jun Mei Black Tea of Tong Mu Guan Village Spring 2016

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Honey, Mineral, Smooth, Brown Sugar, Meat, Caramel, Drying, Molasses, Smoked, Sweet Potatoes, Cocoa, Peat, Smoke
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 5 g 8 oz / 247 ml

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  • “About half the people at work are sick. There is a nasty cold/flu going around and so far I’ve been able to avoid it…. until I got up this morning. Snuffly, phlegmy, scratchy throat, heavy chest....” Read full tasting note
  • “Smoky, meaty and thick. Not really my thing and surprising to me for a jin jun mei – not what I’ve had before. Happy to have tried it! Thanks for sharing, Sil!” Read full tasting note
  • “This cup disappointed me. Whereas I enjoyed the slightly smokey element, I found the tea to be somewhat drying in the mouth. I will refrain from rating until I have a few more cups under my...” Read full tasting note
  • “It’s not a bad tea, but not memorable either. It’s simple, not complex, and has a semi sweet/honey mid taste with subtle mineral notes. It’s a bold but not very flavorful tea. For a gold tea it’s...” Read full tasting note
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Pure Gold Tips expertly processed to enhance and preserve the hairy fuzz on these tiny little buds. Tong Mu Guan Village near Wu Yi in Fujian is the most famous place in China for the cultivation of Jin Jun Mei and this year’s harvest (April) is among the best in recent memory.

The taste of the tea is malty, with hints of caramelized sugar and smoke. There is a viscous thickness to the tea soup and a sweetness, both of which linger in the mouth and throat after drinking.

We recommend using 85-90C water to brew this delicate and special Jin Jun Mei.

April 2016 harvest
Tong Mu Guan Village (Fujian)

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15 Tasting Notes

1040 tasting notes

About half the people at work are sick. There is a nasty cold/flu going around and so far I’ve been able to avoid it…. until I got up this morning. Snuffly, phlegmy, scratchy throat, heavy chest. Ugggg – I am not getting sick, I am not getting sick. Spent the day on the couch with the cat watching season 6 of Game of Thrones. (Part of me thinks I should have been watching season 2 of Colony on Netflix, but that’s another story).
This was the tea that randomly came out of the sample box. Not what I normally think of as a Jin Jun Mei. I didn’t get any malt, or chocolate. Others are saying smokey – I didn’t get any of that until it really cooled and then only a hint. This is fine, nice enough black tea. I drank it Western – lots of leaf, cool water, long steep (and even longer 2nd steep). I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t anything really special. Thanks Evol for the share.

looseTman

“About half the people at work are sick. There is a nasty cold/flu going around …”
+2: Both Patty & me got it. It lasted about a week. We hope you feel better soon!
FWIW: Cold-Eeze helped me recover faster than Patty who didn’t use it.

Evol Ving Ness

Gah! I hate that. Experienced the same thing during the few days at my workshop over the holidays when I was surrounded by sick people. I think hot tea w honey and popping vitamin C and a lot of hand washing helped me stave it off. Also, daily morning walks, I think had something to do with it too. Stay healthy!

Dexter

Thanks – I’m voting sleep and positive thinking is working – I feel quite a bit better today.

Evol Ving Ness

Hurray for the winning combination!

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790 tasting notes

Smoky, meaty and thick. Not really my thing and surprising to me for a jin jun mei – not what I’ve had before. Happy to have tried it! Thanks for sharing, Sil!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

Yeah there are some…uh interesting ones in there haha

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939 tasting notes

This cup disappointed me. Whereas I enjoyed the slightly smokey element, I found the tea to be somewhat drying in the mouth. I will refrain from rating until I have a few more cups under my belt, so to speak.

Sil

yeah this one was…not what i expected

Evol Ving Ness

I wonder whether playing around w steeping parameters would help this situation. Let me know what you discover and I’ll do the same.

Kirkoneill1988

bummer…. i feel your pain. im not much for black teas

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26 tasting notes

It’s not a bad tea, but not memorable either. It’s simple, not complex, and has a semi sweet/honey mid taste with subtle mineral notes. It’s a bold but not very flavorful tea. For a gold tea it’s just not sweet or complex enough for me. I find it pretty bland in taste. The price tag on it isn’t justified . Someone else might find it ‘amazing’ but this just sat on my shelf until all my favorite teas were gone (and reviewed). Even now I barely had the desire to give it a review. It is not a horrible tea but if someone secretly stole this from my cupboard I probably wouldn’t notice. I had no desire to experiment at all with this. It isn’t a picky tea though…and is smooth.

Flavors: Honey, Mineral, Smooth

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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342 tasting notes

I’m stumped. I cannot even explain this tea…..

Meaty smell, but like the beef jerky in a can kinda meaty….(https://dustysbeefjerky.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/dustys-jerky-chew2.jpeg)

And then the tea itself is just…..great! It’s like sweetly roasted meat. That’s the only way I can put it….Just sweet brown sugared beef….

On a good note: I cleaned out the old laptop. I also start my new job on Monday….

Fin

Runs away….Maniacal laughter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6MlHxAzLXA

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Meat

mrmopar

Congrats!

S.G. Sanders

Thank you!

Hoálatha

Glad you…liked it? There always seems to be some confusion when people review this tea.

gmathis

Sounds kind of tasty!

S.G. Sanders

Hoalatha, yes I liked it. Quite nice, thank you. :)

Mookit

This almost sounds like prose poetry. I like it!

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9755 tasting notes

It’s the end of October…basically. Managed to achieve both my weight and sipdown goal for this month…though technically i’m stupidly ahead with my weight goal…which is good because i expect there will be a few purchases in Nov. October: 65 teas 3945g

This tea has a smoky note…still love it but it’s just never what i’m expecting at first sip heh.

Fjellrev

Wow, congratulations on reaching both goals, girl!

Sil

thanks! someday i’ll get down to your numbers :) slow and steady!

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1110 tasting notes

The smoke within this tea actually eliminates the malted notes that should occur and leaves the ‘harsh’ sweet notes of a thin molasses. It’s harder to plain than to taste, how the malt is generally the ending taste throughout the mouth ends up with a smoky ending which ends up coating the mouth so the malted notes are like a burnt sugar that isn’t sweet… whatever that is.

Daylon R Thomas

Burnt sugar is one of those weird notes. It’s the the cooked after taste of it rather than the actual sugar.

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239 tasting notes

I got this tea in a stash sale, and I had to try it today because the smell of it was so incredible. I think that some flavors got muddled in shipping, even with the good packaging, because it smells very different this morning in my little sealed glass jar—still good, just no longer good enough to eat out of the bag.

The smell coming off the brew is overwhelmingly molasses, smoked blackstrap molasses. It reminds me strongly of making molasses “tea” for those days when one needs an iron boost.

Taking a sip, and the scents are represented perfectly in the flavor. It’s a complex, layered sort of flavor, with molasses dominating the mouth, then a caramely sort of sweetness hitting the middle of the tongue. The smoky flavor seems to be carried on the molasses, but doesn’t hit for a couple of seconds. There’s a dry finish at the end I could do without, and it seems to be getting worse as the brew cools. Ah well, I should be drinking more water anyway.

More information on additional steeps later.

Okay, off topic now. Since I don’t have a blog or journal or anything, this review is going to have to act as such.

I’m sort of having a tea identity crisis, and it’s making me see why people start making their own blends. For so long, I thought that the chippy, black, bitter teas that most shops put in blends were good. I enjoyed those teas mixed with peach essence or whatever with calendula leaves to make people think of peaches when they drank it.

Now I’m trying these blacks, and they’re so smooth and complex on their own. And while I will always, always love a good blend, how can I go back to what I was drinking before? Is this the end of my beloved Peachy Black or Coconut Cream? Do I go back for a bit and find a way to rediscover my old favorites, or am I one of those people now that can only get tea from online vendors? I loved going into tea shops and smelling all the teas and collecting everything that smelled good to me, but I’m learning now that smell does not necessarily correspond to taste.

What does everyone else do when they discover stuff like this? How does everyone curate their collection? What thought processes go on behind decisions like “I should keep a couple of ounces of this around” and “meh, I can stand to let this one run out” and “I have to keep a supply of this to keep for the rest of my life”?

Flavors: Caramel, Drying, Molasses, Smoked, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Daylon R Thomas

….yeah, Yunnan black teas change your perception of some altogether. Your old favorites will still be your favorites, maybe for different reasons. There’s a few “cheaper” teas that I still really enjoy. It just depends on what you use your tea for and what you absolutely know you like. Let those be your guides. Also talk to the people here on Steepster, especially with ones with similar preferences. If you are trying to figure out what you like, expand your horizons, ONLY get samples because a tea journey can be QUITE expensive. I apologize for preaching lol. I’m in a little bit of a dilemma myself because I have A LOT of teas, but missing a few of the ones that I’d want to keep lol.

Rasseru

I spent a lot on tea the last couple of years, now I have a good enough collection & knowledge of how much I drink that I can let things run out and then casually get some more – I was offered some more Jin Xuan the other day for example, and I looked in my stash and I was correct, I only have a couple of cups left of my last one..

As long as I have some of each type of tea I’m usually happy – and remember that you usually just have to wait till next season, or maybe someone else stocks something similar

I cant go back to ‘normal tea’ any more. Cheers Steepster

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316 tasting notes

The dry leaves are small and wiry with lots of golden fur floating about, I think the furriest tea I’ve ever seen. It has a slight woodsmoke aroma. Malt, sweet potato, peat, lightly fruity and moderately smoky. Very mild with an excellent silky texture

Flavors: Cocoa, Peat, Smoke, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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