Jin Jun Mei
Developed in 2005, this buds-only black tea will certainly exceed your expectation.
Only buds are picked to produce Jin Jun Mei, an essence of pure warm sweetness, aromatic and intense as no other black tea. The aroma of the dry leaves is rich and deep, with hints of coconut and chocolate. The creamy liquor is very smooth and malty, completely balanced and complex. The warm sweetness does not leave any room for astringency and bitterness.
In 2005 Liang Jun De, tea master at the Wu Yi Zhen Shan tea company, invented a black tea made with buds only and oxidized in an unusual way. Oxidation is initiated shaking the leaves (Yao Qing), a process usually reserved for oolong tea. Unlike oolong teas, the leaves of Jin Jun Mei are oxidized completely, but for shorter time than usual for black tea. The tea created with the new technic was extremely aromatic and became quickly a national success.
In 2008 Liang Jun De left the Wu Yi Zhen Shan tea company and continued to produce Jin Jun Mei independently, selling it still nowadays at unreasonable prices.
Wu Yi Zhen Shan, a well-established tea company supporting also tea research institutions, does also still produce the tea that was invented under its brand. During one of our tea journeys in China we have compared the Jin Jun Mei of Wu Yi Zhen Shan with those produced by other tea factories. The winner was the Jin Jun Mei produced by a small factory in Zhenghe, which exceeded the others in both aroma and taste.
- ORIGIN: Zhenghe, Fujian, China
- MEANING: Golden Steed Eyebrow (jin jun mei)
- CULTIVAR: Fu Yun Liu Hao
- HARVEST TIME: March 10, 2015
- TASTE: Rich, malty, mouth-filling