REVIEW: Nothing But Tea – Jun Shan Yin Zhen (2014)


Tea: Yellow tea from Jun Shan Island in Hunan Province, China
Sample provided by: Nothing But Tea
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Link to Yun Shan Yin Zhen

I’m relatively new to yellow teas, so I never know what to expect. With this tea, I was extremely curious the minute I opened the bag and saw the silver needles and inhaled the complex aroma of the dry leaf. Read on to see what I thought about this tea. 

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf consists of silver needles, which look almost identical to white tea needles

– It is difficult to fully grasp the complex aroma of the dry leaf, but I would liken it to fresh jalapeño peppers with slightly smoky undertones

Infused tea:

– The tea cups out a pale yellow liquor that has a smoky, floral aroma

– The liquor has a wonderful balance between floral and smoky flavours. While smoky notes are the predominant flavour in the liquor, it does have sweet undertones. Unlike a white tea that cups out similar cup colour, this tea has much more body. It is packed with flavour


– Infuse this tea with 85C water for two to three minutes. You will get at least three  to four infusions

– This tea really blew my mind. It is like white tea met Lapsang Souchong and they had a child.  If you’re a tea nerd, this is really something to at least try with a sample pouch. I wouldn’t consider this an everyday tea for myself because I’m not super keen on smoky teas, but I feel very lucky to have tried it



Retail price: 10 grams for £3.00 / 100 grams for £22.00 / 250 grams for £52.25 / £500 grams for £99.00


About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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2 Responses to REVIEW: Nothing But Tea – Jun Shan Yin Zhen (2014)

  1. teawithpolly says:

    I tried a Jun Shan Yin Zhen from a different company, and my tasting experience was similar. I wasn’t expecting the smokiness, and didn’t like it too much, so this wasn’t a favourite for me either.

    • teaxplorer says:

      I definitely like this tea, but it isn’t an everyday tea for me, nor is any smoky-tasting tea. A craving for smoky teas usually hits me on rainy days or when I’m really needing a change.

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