Mei Zhan Jin Jun Mei

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Black Tea
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Butter, Caramel, Floral, Honeysuckle, Savory, Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Malt
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  • “Backlog: I tried this twice-once as tumbler fuel, and the next time in a quick gong fu session from my Jin Jun Mei sampler. I was honestly not as impressed with the sampler overall. All of the teas...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I’m not sure how it happened, but somehow, I’ve turned 180 degrees from my stance on black teas at the beginning of my tea journey. When I started exploring loose leaf teas, I could not find black...” Read full tasting note

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Backlog:

I tried this twice-once as tumbler fuel, and the next time in a quick gong fu session from my Jin Jun Mei sampler.

I was honestly not as impressed with the sampler overall. All of the teas were pretty subtle, and the Honey Style was my favorite. This one was surprisingly the least straight forward, and heavily resembled the Wild Jin Jun Mei from What-Cha. Extremely buttery, light, and floral headed by honeysuckle, textured by savory sweet potato, with some caramel/brown sugar hints here and there. There wasn’t more than that otherwise. No astringency or bitterness, and while it was complex, it lacked malt and some qualities that I hope for in a Jin Jun Mei. Combining all the fancy pretentious notes together, I could also describe this tasting like summer squash, and that’s it.

I do think this was a quality tea, and it’s exceptional if you are looking for something that doesn’t get bitter-I was just hoping for more considering the price tag and varietal. Since it was Meizhan, I hoped there would be some redder fruit notes like plum or cherry. Alas, honeysuckle it is.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Floral, Honeysuckle, Savory, Squash, Sweet Potatoes

Leafhopper

Wow! I’m beginning to think we have the same teas, though you have many things I don’t. I was going to send you most of these Jin Jun Meis, but it doesn’t make sense to ship you teas you already have. Do you have any of Wuyi Origin’s Dancongs? I also have a Bei Dou and Bai Ji Guan I could send samples of, as well as a cheap “Benefit Tea” that I have yet to try.

Daylon R Thomas

I don’t, but I have a lot of Dancongs I still have not finished….as in 300 grams of Dancong. I’d be into some of the benefit tea and willing to try those other two.

Daylon R Thomas

I’m guessing you had similar reactions to these teas? I know our taste preference is nearly the same lol

Leafhopper

Yikes! 300 g of Dancong is a lot. :)

I haven’t tried any of the Jin Jun Mei yet, as I just received them a couple weeks ago. (Actually, they forgot the Floral JJM and will have to send it again.) I’ve had better Mi Lan Xiang blacks, though the Wuyi Origin one isn’t bad, just less assertive than I’d like. I thought their Old Bush Lapsang was great and ordered an additional 50 g of it this year.

I’m still on the hunt for other good sources of Fujian black tea, and am considering ordering from either Tea Hong, DaXue JiaDao, or Tong Xin She. (However, the prices of those last two vendors are a big deterrent.) If I end up ordering from one of those places and get the tea on time, I’ll send some samples. I’ll send you the two Wuyi oolongs and the Benefit Tea as well, which I also haven’t tried yet.

Daylon R Thomas

The majority of my Dancong is What-Cha’s Milan Xiang and an Iris Orchid from Golden Tea Leaf in Canada, a greener one. The rest are a bunch of 10-20 grammish samples.

Leafhopper

Hmm… I think I have some of that What-Cha Mi Lan Xiang somewhere, possibly because you recommended it.

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I’m not sure how it happened, but somehow, I’ve turned 180 degrees from my stance on black teas at the beginning of my tea journey. When I started exploring loose leaf teas, I could not find black teas that I enjoyed. Now, it’s the type of tea I drink most.

Maybe I just needed to find the good ones.

This is a good one.

Tasting notes:
Sweet, floral aroma to the dry leaves, with a backbone of sweet potato
Brewed aroma: floral, fudgy, sweet potatoes
Brewed tea: rich, smooth, full, malty, sweet potato flavors, starchy

There is an addictive quality to a very few black teas, something in the smell and taste that drives my senses wild. This tea has it. Another black tea with that quality is Whispering Pines Wild Taiwanese black, although this tea is heavier while I think of the Taiwanese as quite light in nature.

Flavors: Caramel, Floral, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

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