Wang Yanxin's Jin Jun Mei

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From Verdant Tea (Special)

Verdant Reserve Club – August

Wang Yanxin has some of the strongest opinions of all our tea friends. She loves Jin Jun Mei. Every time we visit her she gives us gifts of Jin Jun Mei, and brews up the finest that she can find. This batch is one of those gifts, a rich, deep and chocolatey Jin Jun Mei that makes us see the tea in a totally new light.

The most prominent aromas and flavors of this tea are centered around the theme of roasted sweet potato. It brings back memories of living in China and stopping in the countryside where a farmer roasted sweet potatoes in a metal drum. The smell as you stood in line on a crisp morning is the taste experience of this tea.

The aftertaste and texture of this tea perfectly exemplify the Jin Jun Mei ideal, with sweet velvety honey flavor and creamy texture lingering on the tongue. There is a beautiful orange creamsicle citrus flavor that comes through in later steepings.

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2201 tasting notes

I always feel guilty whenever I have one of my reserve teas western-style. But the fact is that I always prefer my black teas to be western steeped. There is something about combining all of those flavors into one cup that I love. So I brewed up some of this western style this morning, no regrets.

This was quite delicious, no surprise. Malt, grain, a bit of brown sugar. Smooth smooth smooth, with a nice substantial texture. There is almost a bit of earthy hay to this, which is a flavor I typically associate with Yunnan teas. Jin jun meis are not my favorite Fujian tea (a superb tan yang is more likely to blow my mind), but I do enjoy this one quite a bit.

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3294 tasting notes

Ah, Jin Jun Mei! Thank you Wang Yanxin!
This was my morning gongfu session tea, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The dry leaves are tiny & twisted, in shades of black & mahogany, with an aroma of honeyed toast. Warmed, I also smell hints of chocolate.
54G + 4oz (rinse) 10/20/30/45 sec, then 1 min/2/etc

Even at 10 seonds, this is immediately rich & satisfying, with flavors of sorghum molasses, sweet potato, toast, & malt that build with each successive steep. So thick & delicious, a real treat.

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1113 tasting notes

I was EXTREMELY lucky to have been gifted a bit of this tea. Thank you BrewTEAlly Sweet! You’re the best!

I was allowed to go home from work early today due to the winter storm, so I’ve been relaxing with a gongfu session this afternoon

WOW. So smooth…so much honey flavor! Almost a floral honeysuckle but not quite. Also very rich and lightly malty. SO very very good! I’m so happy I got to try it :) :) :)


That cup is gorgeous!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Yay I’m glad you liked it! I would have sent more if I knew you liked it that much:) or at least bought more when it was available. It’s the special budset edition.


Kaylee- the cup is also from Verdant. They have a few left but be warned, it is a TINY cup!

Megan- Dude, I have so much tea right now it is ridiculous! So while it is a nice thought I’m kinda glad you didn’t send me more! :)

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Ha ha okay good:) and that cup! I almost bought that on black Friday for you… good thing I didn’t… what are the odds?


1 oz capacity! That’s like 2 sips/cup!


Yeah, it’s probably a “tasting cup” :)

Super cute but not very practical for me personally! Though I did use it today!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

It’s good for things like the traveling tea boxes! Quick sip downs! Ha ha


lucky steph! i missed out on getting to grab this one..too slow (not that i need more tea) haha



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Holy $#|+! This tea just took me by the ankles, flipped me upside down, and shook me out of my tea blahs. This is rich black tea at is finest. And I’m only on my 2nd steep. Ahhhh… Good to be back.


Awe….this one makes me sad I don’t get the reserve box anymore…assuming that this is part of that heh


Well I can’t wait to try this one now! Yes, it is a reserve club tea, Sil


sounds like i need to go find terri and beg her to send me some lol


Sounds awesome!

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3454 tasting notes

Thank you for the tea sale, Ost! Hope your move went well! I’m going for the teas that are almost gone. Happy to sample! :D The leaves here look like little grass clippings from the yard, more than any other tea I’ve seen (except for maybe some of the Japanese greens) BUT instead of green, the color is black with hints of gold. If this is what Jin Jun Mei is like, I’m a fan. It seems like a deeper Laoshan Black, which would probably be my one complaint with Laoshan Black: the flavor isn’t deep enough. But this one is rich and chocolatey, bready… almost like a chocolate bread… with a flavor to it that I can’t place. Maybe something resembling an alcohol I know nothing about. I love that Verdant describes it as creamsicle. Before tasting, I would have thought that was ridiculous, but I can see where it might be described as a creamsicle — it’s as smooth as that anyway! I can definitely see it as creamsicle if I didn’t supersteep this. I’m just glad it wasn’t oversteeped at all.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 3-4 minute steep

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Had this one the other week, but can’t remember tons about it. I kept forgetting to log it though. This one was pretty disappointing for me though.
It was a bit bready, but also super woody. It was way too strong for my tastes, but glad I got to try it.
Thanks, Terri for the sample!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Wood

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