Another sample from a Steepster friend! Funnily enough, this tea was actually just recommended to me by miss Stephanie a couple of days ago. What a fortuitous turn of events that I should receive a sample of the same tea a day or two later! Gotta love how things just work out sometimes. Anyway! It looks similar to other Jin Jun Mei teas I’ve had in the past – small, very curly and soft leaves that are mostly golden in color. Dry scent is a nice savory/sweet combination of apricot and smoked meat with sweet potato.
The steeped tea smells much more savory to me, with a strong smoked presence. Yum, what a delicious savory tea! It’s thick and smooth, but not overly intense. The main notes I can taste are a mildly savory sweet potato/bread base with some lovely smoked overtones. There’s also a touch of cedar or some other fragrant wood and a nice amount of malt as well as a touch of earthiness. There’s a small touch of sweetness – perhaps honey or something similar? Overall, this is a very meaty and satisfying savory tea!
Flavors: Apricot, Cedar, Earth, Honey, Malt, Smoked, Smooth, Sweet Potatoes, Thick, Wood