Hello Yezi Tea! How did it take me so long to discover you? I saw mentions of Jin Jun Meis on Steepster and asked which one I should try first. The consensus was that Yezi’s was the best. I went to their site and found their Super Sample Promotion. You can try three samples and pay only $2.95 shipping. Oh HELL yeah! I ordered the Jin Jun Mei, Jin Pin and this cup of deliciousness.I love Fujian blacks and this is no exception. This is a sweet cup of tea. The dry leaves are wee twisty bits of black and gold and smell slightly chocolatey. I would have loved to spend time with this one over several steeps but today was not the day for that, so I brewed the 5 gram sample in 14 ounces of 205 water for 4 minutes.
The liquor is a golden amber and the aroma is sweet with a little cocoa. The first sip was sweet, sweet molasses malt. It isn’t a really full-bodied tea, more medium and it is smooooooooth. Not a lot of bottom here but nice and lively with peachy fruit dancing through it.
I don’t get the smoke Yezi mentions for this tea, but I do get a little tobacco bite at the back end of the sip. This won’t be a morning tea for me, but is perfect for the afternoon. What comes through the most for me is sweet harmony. Like the Everly Brothers (and RIP Phil).