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    Jun Shan Yin Zhen
    (rating: 4.5 out of 5)
      Jun Shan Yin Zhen
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    Today´s tea is Jun Shan Yin Zhen. If you like the delicateness of green teas but don´t appreciate the bitterness, this is surely a good one! One of the "ten famous teas of China", and reportedly Mao´s favourite tea. My wife´s side note: Why should I drink this one when I have that one (pointing to Tie Guan Yin)? So if you already have a favourite, especially a more fragrant one, this one might not be the one to win you over to be The One Tea. But for those of us who would like to explore everything from granny´s rosebed, to the dark secrets of what she has kept buried in her basement, this tea is surely one of the more treasured belongings of grandma´s estate. Worth a try, and on my list for re-purchase at a later time.

    Svein Olav (1/16/2022)
    A bit bitter, but with a nice aftertaste. I won´t drink this every day, but it will add a nice variety

    Damien (6/17/2018)
    The delivery was smooth and I received everything as ordered. I will review the quality of tea soon.

    david (5/4/2017)
    The tea leaves/bud looks very good and young(more green than yellow), and smells good. But not a tea that i will sit down and enjoy, because it´s too light.

    Matthew (3/23/2016)
    My first yellow tea was a great choice. Wonderful taste! I´ll be back for more.

    Frank (6/2/2015)
    This is the first time I tried the Jun Shan Yin Zhen and it is great tea, the taste is light with little bitter after tasted

    Susany (5/19/2013)
    I am starting to think that I don´t like yellow tea. I thought I would. I like all other kinds, including white. Whites are the most subtle and yet they´re my favourite. Based on that, what I am about to say makes no sense to me. Again, I am very disappointed with another yellow tea. There is literally no flavour. None. There is a slight aftertaste that barely gets noticed and that is about it. Nothing more.

    Kimberley (3/27/2013)
    This is my favorite tea ever, it goes with any meal or dessert or just by itself. It is light, like a white tea and tastes very smooth.

    Nancy (3/26/2013)
    Jun Shan Yin Zhen does exactly as what it is said. It gives a really smooth, smoky, vegetal and sweet taste while imparting a long lingering after taste. The reason I rate it is due to the fact that the vegetal and smokiness is simply abit too overwhelming for me and the strong vegetal and smokiness persists even during the long lingering after taste which the Junshan imparts to the throat. There is a slight hint of sweetness if you take time and effort to notice but the overwhelming smokiness and vegetal taste simply covers most of the sweetness. Junshan does exactly what it is suppose to but it could be better with lesser tones of vegetal and smoky flavours. I did an experiment to mix Bai Hao Yin Zhen and Jun Shan Yin Zhen together and Bai Hao Yin Zhen´s sweetness covers up the otherwise overwhelming vegetal and smoky taste although you will expect a less sweet Bai Hao Yin Zhen flavour in the blend but the overall sweetness of the blend is really good and complex.

    Tay (11/9/2012)
    This is the first time I tried the Jun Shan Yin Zhen (Mount Jun Silver Needle) tea and it is delicious, the taste is light and sweet.

    Marina (10/16/2012)
    This is a top quality yellow tea. The leaves are slightly greenish yellow and it brews to a beautiful yellow color. It has a complex taste, starting sweet and ending on an earthy or slightly smoky note. This makes it a pleasure to drink as one tends to pay attention as each mouthful runs through a sequence of subtle tastes each offering contrast to highlight the other. One has the sense while handling the leaves and preparing it, as also while drinking it, that one is handling something precious which, considering the rarity of authentic Jun Shan Yin Zhen, one truly is.

    Leon (7/28/2011)
    This tea had a delicate and subtle taste. The color looked wonderful in a glass cup.

    Yi (6/15/2011)
    Excellent tea with a pleasant delicate aftertaste that stays with you for the rest of the day. I followed the TeaSpring´s brewing instructions, and the first two infusions were divine, the third one - passable, and by the fourth it was all gone, alas.

    Vitaly (5/12/2011)
    This is a great yellow tea, with packaging to match its quality. I´ve tried the higher-quality Cha Wang Jun Shan Yin Zhen, and honestly I think it doesn´t stack up to good ol´ Jun Shan Yin Zhen. The leaves have such an outstanding aroma. Definitely worth a shot.

    James (1/18/2011)
    This is a very nice tea but not in my personal top ten

    Dave (11/7/2010)
    I just had my third infusion of this tea. I´m still experimenting with temperature and such, but this tea is already a favorite. The freshly steeped leaves have an intoxicating sweet vegetal aroma that makes my mouth water. The sweet lingering taste sticks in your mouth for quite some time, and the liquor tastes very fresh. If only I had ordered 100 grams!

    Trevor (9/19/2010)
    This is really an amazing tea. The taste is mild but complex and really delightful. The golden can is beautiful too. This tea is my new favourite, well worth the price and I will buy it again.

    Terje (9/2/2010)
    This is really an amazing tea. The taste is mild but complex and really delightful. The golden can is beautiful too. This tea is my new favourite, well worth the price and I will buy it again.

    Terje (8/29/2010)
    This is the second batch of Jun Shun Yin Zhen i will have had this year, one of my favorite yellow teas. I find the first infusion has a beautiful sweetness to it, similar although not as strong as say the taste of a fine bai lin gong fu, but less green as in mao jian. From the 2nd infusion onwards the tea obtains a beautiful and light smoky taste that lasts well into the 4th infusion. A quality, delicate tea that actually outlasts many stronger green teas over multiple infusions.

    Dorian (8/27/2010)
    An excellent quality and very enjoyable tea. For me though it is missing that Wow factor to distinguish it from other high quality teas and justify its price.

    Paul (6/22/2010)
    Smoky with a green twist. Must say it was hard to brew at first, it´s unique, I´ll give it that.

    Daniel (6/18/2010)
    I prefer to brew this tea on weekends in gaiwan. The aroma of dry tea is really amazing.

    Anton (6/5/2010)
    It takes quite a while for me to get this one right. Again, teaspring´s brewing guide is too overpowering. There is too much of smoky + a touch of spicy flavor, and aftertaste is dying fast with just noticeable sweetness. However, when you get it right, this tea really deserves its place among the top ten. Everything is well balanced between roasted note, spicy, sweetness, and steam vegetable. It might not sound good when I describe it, but that´s my palate. The body is lighter than other tea I have. The sweetness can linger in my mouth for nearly 30 minutes when brewing with a Banko kyusu (basically like the Yixing Zisha-purple clay- teapot, but with more assuring quality-no fake).

    Hiep (6/5/2010)
    The aroma of the dry tea leaves is like no other. However, although the flavor is interesting, I did not really appreciate why it is so highly regarded. Perhaps I did not brew it correctly.

    Robert (5/20/2010)
    Excellent!! I will never forget the taste! Thank you!

    Anton (4/20/2010)
    A subtle yellow tea that comes in a beautiful container. A bit expensive, but definitely worth trying.

    James (4/15/2010)
    It is the best tea which I ever tried. I consider that completely justifies cost.

    Vladimir (3/13/2010)
    This late harvest Jun Shan Yin Zhen has a decent slightly smoky and woody aroma. The taste is full and share some common traits with the Kai Hua Long Ding. Unfortunately, it really lacks the delicate and sweet "perfumery" of the Cha Wang, which is a better value for the money, to my taste.

    Étienne (3/2/2010)
    What a nice surprise to taste that tea...very soothing, delicate and comforting...very delicate..and that special smokey taste at first triggers imagination...Thanks to tea spring cie to give us the chance to taste all those wonderful teas...

    Yves (2/25/2010)
    Nice aroma. Beautiful buds. Wonderful taste. Only con about this is that the price is kind of high...

    Jean (1/27/2010)
    Excellent flavor. Probably the best tea that I ever tasted.

    Jorge (1/17/2010)
    This is not my favorite tasting tea by itself but accented with a single jasmine bulb, per pot, blends with the tea to make a wonderful taste.

    Jeffrey (1/17/2010)
    not too fond of this, unfortunately. For the price, I think I´ll stick with bai hao yin zhen, which imo, is yummier.

    sara (10/25/2009)
    What can I say? Amazing tea, high quality, beautiful can (for 20g version). Taste and aroma are awesome. But it is very important to use proper amount of leaves, I recommend 2 full teaspoons for every 110 ml of water.

    Paweł (10/10/2009)
    This tea has a Unique taste, but a Serious amount of attention has to be paid to brewing I found what works best for me is Exactly 169F and 2 tsp of leaf, brew in and drink from a gaiwan let the tea dance for 240 seconds before sipping, the unique tastes of JSYZ are earthy, vegetal, spicy and slightly smoky with a dry aroma and long aftertaste this ranks 5 stars easy.

    Scott (9/28/2009)
    I´m really glad I ordered this...I had been wondering what people meant when they said a tea had a ´vegetable´ taste. (Though whether they say that about THIS tea or not, I don´t know.) Now I know! This tea makes me think of peas in both scent and taste. It´s lightly sweet and earthy-vegetable. Nice colour.

    Krista (9/7/2009)
    Wow, this tea just keeps getting better the more times I drink it. It is no wonder it is called the King of Yellow Tea! I highly recommend this tea not only for the taste but for the beautifully formed leaves in the cup as it brews.

    David (7/7/2009)
    This taste of this tea is similar to Meng Ding Huang Ya, another yellow tea. YSYZ, however, includes some subtle floral notes. Overall it has the classic smooth sweet taste of a yellow tea. The smokiness to me is part of the character of the tea and is not noticeable at all. The leaves are extremely fresh and give off a heavy fragrance. As with Meng Ding Huang Ya, I recommend a very low steeping temperature. TeaSpring´s suggestion of 158-178 degrees is good, but I recommend the low side around 160 degrees or so and you will be able to bring out the complexities of the brew including the light floral fruity notes. The is a wonderful and special tea; highly recommended if you looking for interesting, soothing, smooth, and sweet brew. A quality product!

    Kei (7/4/2009)
    Very nice leaves as described. Light pleasant taste. Moreover it is sold in a nice canister.

    Olivier (6/13/2009)
    The 1st cup brewed definitely had a slight smoky taste, but the 2nd thru 4th steepings were all excellent. This is a tea to be savored.

    Deborah (5/14/2009)
    What an aroma! The scent is very strong when you open the package. I didn´t brew it quickly enough, and think I might have lost some of the flavor. Nonetheless, it was a very, very good yellow tea. Sweet. I´m a little disappointed that it only comes in ´sample with a can´ and ´more than I can quickly work through´ quantities, but nonetheless it was well worth the experience.

    Catherine (1/3/2009)
    Smoky with a green twist. Must say it was hard to brew at first, it´s unique, I´ll give it that.

    Daniel (1/1/2009)
    Good one, trying to find out tea with simular taste, but failed. Very noble smoke

    Alexey (12/1/2008)
    Molto delicato ricorda più un tea verde tipo long jing, ma meno persistente. un buon tea ma credo eccessivamente costoso. ho assaggiato tea bianchi molto più particolari per questo prezzo.

    Tommaso (11/15/2008)
    I had a hard time leaving this aside for special occasions, but you have to. Its such a wonderful, delicate tea.

    John (10/30/2008)
    Good price for the quality. Not too smoky like other native bush JSYZ we have had. Nice thick amino taste but not much complexity otherwise. Good for 3 infusions. Processed a bit on the green side of the yellow.

    Michael (10/16/2008)
    This tea seems to share the fragrance a Japanese sencha as well as its finicky nature to water temperature and steep time. After using almost half of the tea included in my platinum can in three separate brews, I still have not found the right balance to extract all of the flavors without incurring the bitterness associated with oversteeped tea. Nevertheless, I noticed two noteworthy things about this tea: one is that while the dried leaves are a dark green, the steeped leaves brighten considerable and are a bright, vivid green. Secondly, the leaves of the first steeping has an aroma that´s difficult (for me) to describe, but it is very strong and reminiscent of cooked rice. While I´m satisfied with this tea, I give it a good rating because based on the reputation of Jun Shan Yin Zhen, it must be my poor brewing methods that´s not letting the tea shine.

    Vuong (8/17/2008)
    excellent tea, very delicate, smoth and elegant, with a smoky hint, but very mild. sweet tea with very beautiful tea buds

    Sergio (7/14/2008)
    What a delight. First time I tried it. I will order MORE!!

    Alice (7/14/2008)
    Rich and nutty taste with a floral note. I liked it.

    Oskar (7/11/2008)
    Looked like a Jun Shan Yin Zhen processed in the "green" way. Yet it is a truly excellent tea highly enjoyable. The aroma somehow reminded me your Zhu Ye Qing.

    Étienne (6/9/2008)
    Wow! Like the finest green teas only deeper, fruitier and more complex. This is the best tea I have had the pleasure of experiencing.

    Jason (5/29/2008)
    One of the freshest teas I have ever had. Smooth but complex, much to appreciate in this rare tea.

    William (5/15/2008)
    Very good tea. Light color and very refreashing when steeped properly.

    joshua (5/9/2008)
    A very subtle tea, but worth learning to appreciate.

    Daniel (4/10/2008)
    Not such a bad tea, but I prefer the white teas...

    Eugene (3/16/2008)
    A very light colour tea. Brewed correctly, gives off a strong aftertaste that lingers.

    Chang (2/17/2008)
    Pale yellow tea, which I infused at 95 degrees C. The brew was very cleart and bright. Pronounced aroma on first brew. On letting the tea cool a little there was a sweetness on the palate. Lingering after taste which was very refreshing. I attempted to get four infusions but the fourth infusion was getting weak. An excellent tea with very refreshing properties. Most enjoyable

    Rod (8/24/2007)
    I was looking for this tea for a long time. GREAT. For long mediative drinking in the silence.

    Armandas (8/21/2007)
    This is probably the best green tea I have ever had. Gogeous color of lime geen and gold mixed. Aroma of flowers and straw. Beyond great!!!!

    mark (6/21/2007)
    A beautiful tea to behold, leaves look good and perfectly formed in the cup. I prefer the taste of a good green tea so I will probably not be ordering more of this kind of tea.

    David (5/27/2007)
    simply my favorite tea out there . its so fresh and flavorful .

    william (4/30/2007)
    Ethereal, smoothness. Better than older Yin Zhen since it is so fresh.

    Arthur (4/16/2007)
    i like very munch

    SYLVIE (3/17/2007)

    Markov (3/5/2007)
    This tea is one that I like to have in the morning. It reminded me of juicy fruit gum. Do not let this tea over step. I let some sit for about 10 minutes and it got very bitter. Honey didn’t even make it right...

    Dale (11/4/2006)
    Nothing special

    Michael (9/27/2006)
    This is a wonderful tea. Absolutely delicious!

    Charles (8/19/2006)
    I was looking for this tea for a long time. GREAT. For long mediative drinking in the silence.

    Armandas (8/7/2006)
    delay is quick and tea is excellent

    Poullaouec (7/9/2006)
    Nice to see the classic tea dance of the Jun Shan Yin Zhen, I would hope more for one more grade higher with smaller tea bud if I can afford it. This is the first time I can get the new harvest of this tea in USA. THANK YOU.

    Chung (7/3/2006)

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