Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tea Review: Jin Jun Mei (Phoenix Tea)

Jin Jun Mei
Phoenix Tea
Type: Black
Origin: China
Product Description: Not provided.

Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of wood smoke, apricots, flowers, and grains (wheat?).  
The copper red liquor has an aroma of baked fruit, oats, flowers, brown sugar, and fragrant wood.  The taste is fruity and nutty, lightly astringent with wood notes and a long finish.

This tea produced three great infusions with the same bold color and slightly less complexity after the first infusion.  The aroma in the first cup is heady and delicious and reminds me of my mother's delicious freshly baked peach pear crisp.  While the results were very nice at 208° F, I believe a slightly lower temperature would produce even more flavor, especially after the first infusion.

Jin Jun Mei is currently available in-store and is not listed online.  Contact the tea shop directly for easy online purchase arrangements.





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