Has anybody tried Jun Shan Yin Zhen


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Has anybody tried Jun Shan Yin Zhen

Postby Oni » Dec 8th, '08, 04:47

I have read on 3 diffrent vendors description that a single company owns the production of jun shan island, and it is a total of 300 kg, and even within this there are grades like a or aaa, and there is an antifake code on the packing. I have seen that Teaspring sells it and Dragon teahouse sells it and from the pictures you can tell that the packages are the same.
Has anybody bought this type of tea, what is it like, is it worth the money, can I get in touch with chinese history while drinking this elixir of youth?
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Postby Dove » Jan 4th, '09, 21:17

Well, I don't know much about where it comes from, or any elixir of youth properties, but I have tried it.

I ordered some from Tea Spring a few months ago, my interest piqued by the "King of Yellow Teas" name they gave it. I was impressed by the fragrance -- Tea Spring teas are always fresh, but the scent of this one was POWERFUL when I opened the package, even in comparison to the rest of what I ordered. I don't know how to describe flavor . . . it's VERY yellow. Overall I quite enjoyed it, though I think I waited too long and should have brewed it right when it was fresh; when I finally got around to it a week or so later, it had already lost a lot of fragrance.

Worth a premium? I don't know. I like yellow and white teas a lot, and I'm pretty happy with my Bai Hao Yin Zhen and my Huo Shan Huang Ya; those are what I still drink frequently. The Jun Shan Yin Zhen was really yummy and powerful, and I thought it was a neat experience to have once. I might buy it again, but Teaspring only sells it in 'novelty can' and 'drink daily and you might finish it before it goes stale' sizes. It's a very special and unique tea, but definitely doesn't make the daily drinker budget cut for me!
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Postby Oni » Jan 5th, '09, 02:33

The price tag wouldn`t allow me either to drink this tea daily, but it is a must try for a tea drinker.
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Postby silvermage2000 » Feb 13th, '09, 12:57

May be worth a shot but only only rarely would I buy something that expensive.
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Postby disillusioned » Feb 16th, '09, 13:08

I actually got a sample of Jun Shan Yin Zhen from Upton Tea Imports and thought it was delicious granted I have not tried it from any other vendors
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Postby Oni » Feb 17th, '09, 02:33

It is likely that you got a sample of fake jun shan yz. The original isn`t sold in samples, only with 20 gramm can, or 75 gramm can and only two places sell the original, with serial number, from the company that owns the production, that is Dragon teahouse and Teaspring, at D t you can read how hard it is for a teashop to get a limited supply, you have to preorder a year ahead.
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Postby chrl42 » Feb 19th, '09, 09:53

might be worth a shot. It's one of top ten famous teas, takes 70 hrs to make little tea. Ordering a sample of it might not bother your pocket I assume.
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Postby disillusioned » Feb 19th, '09, 10:37

Oni wrote:It is likely that you got a sample of fake jun shan yz. The original isn`t sold in samples, only with 20 gramm can, or 75 gramm can and only two places sell the original, with serial number, from the company that owns the production, that is Dragon teahouse and Teaspring, at D t you can read how hard it is for a teashop to get a limited supply, you have to preorder a year ahead.



Well fake or not it was certainly delicious and only fueled my interest and desire to acquire some with the serial number
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Postby reincarnate » Feb 21st, '09, 18:08

I just recently wrote a review on my blog about Jing Tea Pre-Rain Yun Shan and it is truly delicious, but if you'd drink that kind of tea on a daily basis it won't be special anymore :D
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Postby Oni » Feb 22nd, '09, 04:53

Did it come n this http://cgi.ebay.com/Supreme-Jun-Shan-Yi ... 634.c0.m14, or silver tin with serial number, if not you had a fake too.
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Postby olivierco » Feb 22nd, '09, 06:32

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Postby reincarnate » Feb 22nd, '09, 07:00

Oni wrote:Did it come n this http://cgi.ebay.com/Supreme-Jun-Shan-Yi ... 634.c0.m14, or silver tin with serial number, if not you had a fake too.


Once an online tea store owner told me that not all the real tea gets a serial number. The anti-fake label is given to each real packaged tea, but bulk buyers don't necessarily get any serial numbers. At least this applies to Long Jing
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Postby Salsero » Feb 22nd, '09, 15:12

reincarnate wrote: Once an online tea store owner told me that not all the real tea gets a serial number. The anti-fake label is given to each real packaged tea, but bulk buyers don't necessarily get any serial numbers. At least this applies to Long Jing
This would seem to be supported by the fact that TeaSpring gives you an anti-fake label only if you buy above a minimum quantity. The small amounts apparently are bought by them in bulk and repackaged.
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Postby disillusioned » Feb 27th, '09, 21:45

The Jun Shan Yin Zhen I received does actually look identical to the pictures of it on Teaspring and Dragon Teahouses websites
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Postby TokyoB » Mar 31st, '09, 14:57

Imperial Tea Court also sells a Jun Shan Yin Zhen which is also rather expensive at $26.60 per oz.
http://www.imperialtea.com/Jun-Shan-Yin-Zhen-P584.aspx

Last year I did purchase a sample of it along with the Upton JSYZ. They are two different teas but I don't know which, if either, is "genuine". I also received a sample from Seven Cups and their version was very close to the ITC version if I recall correctly.
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