Golden Bud Dianhong Nuggets – Jinya
The very name of this tea speaks for its quality: jinya means ‘golden buds’ in Chinese, and it implies that extra-grade black tea with a high bud content was used to make it. Just handing these neatly pressed nuggets can be a lot of fun. Jinya dianhong is a great black tea from Yunnan that can yield a wonderful beverage with rich fruity flavor and a fragrance spanning from dark chocolate to untrodden coniferous forests.
Why we like it?
One of the greatest features of this dianhong is that it’s not that sensitive to oversteeping. If you accidentally leave it brewing in your pot for five minutes instead of one, you will end up with a pleasantly strong-tasting beverage carrying a massive caffeine payload. In other words, this tea will not turn bitter as is often the case with many other kinds of black tea. That said, unless your intention is to stay awake of focused, you should probably follow the general steeping suggestions provided below because jinya can and should be brewed multiple times, preferably in gaiwan or a dedicated teapot, so that you can gradually uncover all of its facets and enjoy the full potential of this magnificent black tea.
The other great thing about this tea is that it’s very easy to store and carry around, which makes it ideal for daily consumption.
P.S.: If you want to bring your dianhong experience to the next level, we recommend a loose version of dianhong shaped into small and neat curls, imitating the biluochun drying techniques. It requires more attention with steeping time, but it features an even more delicate mellow taste and greater variations between consecutive brews.
Roman’s personal score: 89/100
Miha’s personal score: 89/100
The scores above represent how the Daoli co-founders Miha and Roman feel about each particular tea. The ratings are given on 0 to 100 scale and are absolutely subjective. We simply translate into numbers our first impression about this tea.
General steeping suggestions
Tea can be steeped in a tea pot, gaiwan, or a strainer placed right in your cup. Feel free to experiment with time, temperature, and quantity. If tea feels a bit strong or bitter, just use less leaves or steep it for a shorter period of time.
The purpose of the first brew is to rinse the leaves, so it shouldn’t last more than five seconds and should be discarded. Pour the hot water again. This time, steep it for longer periods. Avoid leaving the leaves soaking in water between brews, because it makes tea taste bitter and steals a lot of its flavor.
If used properly, about six grams of tea leaves can yield several middle-size cups of excellent tea. Chinese people enjoy the original taste of tea, so they never use milk, sugar, or lemon.
Steeping suggestions for Golden Bud Dianhong Nuggets
Start with this, then experiment:
- one serving: 1 nugget
- water: ~ 90 °C, 100-250 ml (~ 195°F, 3-9oz)
- time: 60-180+ seconds
- number of infusions: 4-6
- discard the first brew
The nugget might take two a three brews to break down completely, so don’t wait for it to open during the first infusion. The longer you steep, the more potent your beverage will be and the less brews you’ll be able to get from a single nugget. And vice versa.
P.S.: It is normal for nuggetized tea to contain a certain amount of leaf fragments. This is an unavoidable consequence of the tea pressing process.
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