When I wrote the post last week about the very expensive Longjing, I wasn’t intending to make this into a series of expensive tea, but it happened to work out that way this week. I saw a very expensive Jin Jun Mei from Harney & Sons and was too curious not to try it. So let’s get to it and see if it’s worth the price.
I used 3.6 grams in a 100 ml gaiwan with 200 F water and steeped it for 10 seconds +5 each additional infusion.
The first infusion gave me notes of malt, chocolate, creaminess and sweetness, yum! The texture was medium to thick and there was a slight mineral note to the finish. So far so good. The second infusion had a very slight floral note, mostly in the aroma, and the body was thicker than the first infusion. Still good!
On the third infusion, I picked up a chalky minerality on the very front, which is a new taste that I don’t think I have experience in tea before. It was short and went away quickly, but I noticed it. Kind of like a packet of hot chocolate powder.
The 4th infusion was pure creamy chocolate luxurious goodness. The 5th infusion had a drying sensation on the back of my throat. The 6th and 7th had the chalky taste on the front. The chocolate, malt, and creamy notes all stayed prevalent throughout all of the infusions. The body sensation was both warming and calming and overall a pleasant feeling.
Now to the big question, just how expensive is it? And is it worth it? This tea currently sells for….. drumroll please….. $149 for 2 oz. (56g)! So let’s break that down. Say 3.5 grams per session gives you 16 sessions in a 2 oz. tin. That is $9.32 per session. You can get at least 8 infusions per session, so at 8 infusions that comes to $1.17 per cup! That is a lot of money for tea.
Now, this tea is very good overall and I really did enjoy drinking it. Is it worth that price, though? In my very humble and still very novice opinion as a tea drinker, probably not. But, in my professional opinion as a CPA, if you were my client and I had a fiduciary duty to look out for your best financial interests, here’s a two word answer: Heck no. If you were my client, I would advise strongly against paying that price for that tea.
It is my gut feeling that you can find other Jin Jun Mei from other sellers that is just as good or really close or even better for much much less. Harney can get a little crazy with their prices sometimes, and this is one of those times if you ask me. I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the other Jin Jun Mei that I tried, and that tea was a lot less expensive than this one.
This tea is very good and if you had given in to me, I would have certainly enjoyed it. That being said, the price on this is a bit outrageous so please don’t buy it. Cheers!