Tea: Jin Pin

A Black Tea from Yezi Tea

Picture of Jin Pin
Brand:Yezi Tea
Style:Black Tea
Region:Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Loose
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Product page:Jin Pin

Review of Jin Pin

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8 of 105 of 55 of 590 of 100
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When I opened the bag of tea and took a deep inhale, I was not immediately impressed. It smelled like tea.

But then I boiled the water and started to brew this, and wow, it's gorgeous. The tea is a lovely amber color and the brewed tea smells exactly like the malted grains used in brewing beer. I mean *exactly*.

When the tea finally steeps and cools, and I take a sip, it tastes like it smells. Any homebrewer or beer aficionado would know this flavor. Grains can be malted a million different ways into colors from light to dark, and flavors from mild to strong. The flavor of this tea was in the mid-range, which happens to be my favorite.

I should have brewed this gong fu style, but I wanted a nice sip while I watched a film, so I used boiling water for around 4 minutes. There was a slight bitterness, but I made a second infusion, poured it into a tall mug with the first (gasp!) and drank it that way. It was excellent and less bitter than the first steep alone.

I also tried adding just a hint of rock sugar, maybe just 1/2 tsp, which cut the minimal bitterness and really let the malty flavor shine.

I didn't really pick up other flavors, but whatever. It's probably because I am malt-obsessed, so when that appeared, I didn't care about anything else. I was thrilled with this tea.

Edit 5/19/14: I brew this grandpa style at work b/c sometimes I'm just lazy. The tea is still lovely this way. The bitterness is barely perceptible and in no way ruins the tea. Yum.

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