Imperial Grade Jin Jun Mei from Tong Mu Guan Village * Spring 2018

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea Leaves
Flavors
Almond, Bark, Bread, Butter, Caramel, Cherry, Cinnamon, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Ginger, Honey, Malt, Mineral, Molasses, Mushrooms, Nutmeg, Oats, Orange Zest, Peach, Peanut, Pear, Plum, Red Apple, Rose, Sugarcane, Sweet Potatoes, Vanilla, Coffee
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 oz / 230 ml

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  • “We’re keeping the review train rolling over here. This was another of my sipdowns from the fall of 2020. It seems that I always enjoy Yunnan Sourcing’s Imperial Grade Jin Jun Mei either a little...” Read full tasting note
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  • “195 Degrees F, Gongfu, 20 seconds for first 3 infusions, then + 5 Second infusions This is my first Jin Jun Mei. I suspect that this isn’t a high quality Jin Jun Mei because these teas can go for a...” Read full tasting note
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From Yunnan Sourcing

AAA (Imperial) grade Jin Jun Mei from Tong Mu Guan village in the Wu Yi mountains! Special processing and super-fine leaves gives this a unique taste and strong cha qi!

Recommended brewing parameters:

Use 85-90c spring water. Wash once with small amount of water and use that to rinse the cups. 2nd infusion keep infusion time to 10 or 15 seconds only. Gradually increase steeping time. This is a delicate tea, so don’t use too much tea, time or heat on it!

Mid-April 2018 Harvest

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We’re keeping the review train rolling over here. This was another of my sipdowns from the fall of 2020. It seems that I always enjoy Yunnan Sourcing’s Imperial Grade Jin Jun Mei either a little more or a little less than everyone else. The former was certainly the case with this tea. I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a quick rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea buds in 4 ounces of 194 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was chased by 15 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, and 5 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea buds presented aromas of honey, malt, baked bread, sweet potato, caramel, cinnamon, and dark chocolate. After the rinse, I noted new aromas of roasted almond and roasted peanut. The first infusion brought out a mineral scent. In the mouth, the tea liquor offered notes of malt, cream, butter, baked bread, and roasted almond that were balanced by hints of plum, cinnamon, honey, caramel, dark chocolate, roasted peanut, orange zest, mushroom, pear, sugarcane, and red apple. The majority of the subsequent infusions added aromas of cream, butter, oats, pear, plum, and red apple in addition to subtle scents of orange zest, mushroom, and vanilla. Stronger and more immediately detectable notes of caramel, dark chocolate, honey, roasted peanut, orange zest, red apple, and pear came out in the mouth with notes of sweet potato, minerals, oats, sweet cherry, and birch bark in tow. I also found hints of molasses, nutmeg, ginger, peach, rose, earth, and vanilla. As the tea faded, the liquor started emphasizing notes of minerals, malt, butter, baked bread, cream, and roasted almond that were chased by hints of roasted peanut, oats, dark chocolate, sugarcane, mushroom, caramel, vanilla, orange zest, pear, plum, red apple, sweet cherry, and sweet potato.

Though this tea produced a liquor that was frequently subtle and somewhat restrained, it was a blast to sniff, drink, and pick apart. It faded quickly, but it retained great body and texture as well as tremendous depth and complexity on the nose and in the mouth up until pretty much the last infusion. This was very much an impressive offering, one that would likely please fans of Jin Jun Mei.

Flavors: Almond, Bark, Bread, Butter, Caramel, Cherry, Cinnamon, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Ginger, Honey, Malt, Mineral, Molasses, Mushrooms, Nutmeg, Oats, Orange Zest, Peach, Peanut, Pear, Plum, Red Apple, Rose, Sugarcane, Sweet Potatoes, Vanilla

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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195 Degrees F, Gongfu, 20 seconds for first 3 infusions, then + 5 Second infusions

This is my first Jin Jun Mei. I suspect that this isn’t a high quality Jin Jun Mei because these teas can go for a very high price and the picking doesn’t appear to be great. This tea was very affordable. Overall, this is a very enjoyable black tea, but I had to search pretty hard for tasting notes. My first impression was just, “this tastes like a good black tea”. Very Smooth finish. The slight sourness seems to give the tea just enough character to be interesting all the way through. I noticed that I started to perk up and feel pretty good after the 3rd infusion. Ive been avoiding this tea for about a year, but I think I will make this my morning tea for awhile. This is one of the better black teas I have in my collection currently. Tea lasted about 8 infusions.

Season: Spring 2018
Cultivar: Tong Mu Guan Village
Origin: Fujian, China
Picking: Buds
Elevation: Unknown

Eyes – Dry Leaf – Dark Brown, tightly rolled buds, very little light brown
Nose – Dry Leaf – Musty, Coffee, Light Floral notes
Nose – Wet Leaf – Sour Cherries, Rose Petals
Eyes – Liquor – Golden/Amber Brown
Mouth – Texture – Light
Mouth – Taste – Floral Notes, Rose, Light Sourness to it
Nose – Empty Cup – Burnt Honey
Finish – Smooth, Lubricating
Eyes – Wet Leaf – Golden Light Brown, Appears to be mostly leaves with a some buds.
Effect – Laid Back and Happy

Flavors: Cherry, Coffee, Rose

Preparation
3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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