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

3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I like tea a lot. I tend to stick to pure teas that are unflavored and I’m usually having a gongfu session. I find that writing up reviews with tasting notes makes my tea drinking experience much more enjoyable and forces me to slow down and appreciate the experience more.

95 + Absolutely fantastic, usually a special treat tea.

90 – 95 Outstanding, probably a tea that I will keep on hand all the time.

85 – 90 Very good tea that I would be very happy to drink daily. Would Re-order.

80 – 85 Pretty good tea that I enjoyed drinking. Probably wouldn’t re-order.

75 – 80 Not great, I can drink it but It’s not something I would reorder.

70 – 75 Bad, Barely drinkable.

0 – 70 Is this even tea?



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