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
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