drank Jin Mu Dan by Old Ways Tea
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Had a 2018 harvest of this tea. I’m pretty sure I received two packets as freebies in a few orders, so thank you, Old Ways Tea :)

The dry leaf was all intense Caramelized Peaches and Cream! Super clear expression. Warming and rinsing brought out the sweet roasty-toasty nature of the tea along with the tanginess and red aroma of raspberry, pomegranate and red apple, and dark chocolate and wood.

I had a rough day at work when I tasted this, so my notes kind of trailed off after the first infusion. I noted that it was light-bodied, mineral, still quite roasty with an astringency toeing the ‘too much’ line but it never really got out of control. Beyond the roast was a pure peach-fruit tree flower essence. Creamy impression on swallow followed by a peach-osmanthus-cream aftertaste.

My notes were sparse for the remainder of the session. Some things I wrote: late emerging bitterness, caramel sweetness, osmanthus aftertaste, bitterness gone. Toward the end I noted the growing thickness of the liquor and tongue tingles with the final infusions being nutty, sweet and grassy. Good longevity with short gongfu infusions.

I’ve had one other Jin Mu Dan, from Yunnan Sourcing — https://steepster.com/teas/yunnan-sourcing/85028-gold-mudan-jin-mu-dan-wu-yi-rock-oolong-tea-star-spring-2017
This was a completely different experience, and despite my mindstate, I fully appreciated what this tea had to offer. It was much livelier and I’m guessing Old Ways Tea’s Jin Mu Dan had a heavier roast than the one from Yunnan Sourcing which had left me not wanting to further explore the Jin Mu Dan cultivar. I’d go for this one again but it’s not a favorite yancha. The clear and vibrant peach/flower and osmanthus expressions were fantastic, though!

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Creamy, Drying, Fruit Tree Flowers, Grass, Mineral, Nutty, Osmanthus, Peach, Roasted, Sweet, Toasty, Vanilla

Boiling 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I prefer straight loose-leaf and compressed tea, teabags for ease of use and herbal teas/tisanes. My favorite teas come from all over including China, Taiwan, Nepal, Darjeeling, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and Georgia. The only one that doesn’t do much for me is Ceylon.

I abandoned my preference reference in early 2020, favoring a focus on qualitative description and because everybody uses a different rating scale. I’m still comfortable toggling the ‘Not/Recommended’ button.

Preference reference:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.
89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again. Some could be daily drinker teas.
79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.
69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.
59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.
Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s puerh, I likely think it needs more age.


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