Friday, May 1, 2020

Tea Review: Jin Guanyin (Nine Dragons Tea)

Jin Guanyin
Nine Dragons Tea
Type: Oolong
Origin: China, Fujian Province, Wuyishan
Product Description:
Jin Guanyin is an unique varietal made by grafting Huang Jin Gui onto Tieguanyin root stock. The resulting tea has a unique, sweet Osmanthus aroma, mixed with the traditional charcoal fire scent of Wuyi rock tea. With sufficient rock rhyme and lingering sweetness and fragrance, we feel this tea is an excellent value.
Temperature: 195-208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3-5 minutes

The dry leaves have a roasty and savory aroma with notes of roasted nut shells and something that reminds me of dark bread.

The dark golden infusion has a rich, savory, and roasty aroma with notes of nut shells and a hint of sweetness.  The charcoal roasting comes through in the taste, as well as sweetness and mineral notes with just a hint of flowers in the long finish.

The deeply savory and charcoal roasted aroma of the dry leaves brought to mind a particularly hearty meal I could sink my teeth into and it was a bit difficult to move on from smelling the leaves to preparing the tea.  Steeping for 3 minutes in near-boiling water brought out heavy roast notes and mild astringency while steeping at 195° F for 5 minutes brought out more nuance and flavor, softening the roast and reducing the astringency.

This tea was purchased by me.

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