drank Jin Mu Dan by Old Ways Tea
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Dang. I hit the backspace key a few times and I was backed out of my tasting note. I’ve received one 2018 Jin Mu Dan freebie in each of my past three orders from Old Ways Tea. It’s a good tea and a great complement to an overcast morning; the coastal fog has been rolling in and out daily for the past week.

I stored my previous packets of this in a non-airtight tin to let the roast air out. The most recent freebie I left in its original packaging unopened. This tasting note is basically a storage note. The difference in storage seems pretty pronounced, with this round being much more roasty and floral (peony and osmanthus) compared to the fruitier and creamier attributes of the tin-stored leaf. That is all.

Welcome, fog. You and yancha have been missed.

Preparation
Boiling 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
gmathis

Oh, for some COOL moisture in the air! (Unrelated P.S. — my apple mint is developing some heads now; here’s hoping I can successfully extract some seeds for you.)

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gmathis

Oh, for some COOL moisture in the air! (Unrelated P.S. — my apple mint is developing some heads now; here’s hoping I can successfully extract some seeds for you.)

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If you’re an aspiring or current tea grower, let’s talk! I am slowly beginning a tea farm here in Northern California. Currently growing are young plants pulled from the ground and gifted to me after a visit to Fairhope Tea Plantation in Alabama. The parent plants are sinensis variety from a defunct Lipton research project. I’ve also started seeds from Camellia Forest Nursery in North Carolina. The types include Camellia taliensis, an assamica variety, and 3 sinensis varieties including “Small leaf” “Large leaf” and “Black Sea.” I also picked up 2 older plants from a a local nursery. They were grown from seed supposedly acquired from a tea farm in Washington. To learn how to process tea into different styles, I plan on traveling to China and Taiwan if/when COVID becomes a relative non-issue. I’m taking Mandarin classes to aid in this journey.

Tea became a hobby and my daily drink of choice some time late in the last decade. My introduction to loose leaf came, following a lone tin of some Tie Guan Yin oolong many years prior, in the form of dumpster-dived Wuyi oolong packets that somebody left upon moving out of an apartment building. From there, my palate expanded to teas from across China and the world. I used to focus more on taste and still harbor the habit, but after trying sheng pu’er, I tend to focus more on how a tea feels in my body. Does it complement my constitution? Does it change my mood or does it enhance my current mindstate? While I may not mention those effects in tea notes, it is what I value most.

Flavored teas are not a favorite but I do drink them intermittently. Drink a variety of teabags at work. Herbal teas/tisanes provide balance. Unfiltered tap water heathen (it’s good here).

In terms of who I am, you could consider me a jill of all trades. Specialty is not my strength, as can be seen in the spread of my tea notes.

One thing I will always love is riding a bicycle.

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Sonoma County, California, USA

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