A Very Expensive Jin Jun Mei

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!

4 thoughts on “A Very Expensive Jin Jun Mei

  1. Wow!

    If I’ve done my sums right, that works out at 6(!!!) times the price of the Jin Jun Mei from one of my regular suppliers, and that’s a hand plucked and processed tea from Tongmu in Wuyi shan.

    Outrageous indeed!


  2. Mike Harney here I agree both this Jin Jun Mei and the Lung Ching are expensive. However I went there and paid the same rate as Chinese buyers for the best that was available. I wanted to offer the best and see if people would try it. Yes we can find cheaper ones, but they will be export quality. We will evaluate this experiment later on. Thanks for your comments

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    1. Mr. Harney, I am humbled and honored that you took time to read my blog. I have always been a fan of your teas, with a stash of black and gold tins to prove it. This tea was delicious, but I just couldn’t recommend paying that price for it.

      If I may suggest, I do believe that more sourcing information would go a long way with the high end tea drinkers. Information such as date of picking and processing, village of origin, elevation, cultivar, etc. is of great importance to tea enthusiasts like myself who are trying to learn the intricacies of all the different teas of the world. Thank you!


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