Jin Jun Mei
Tea: Jin Jun Mei
Grower: Zhou Shi Wu & Cindy Chen of Wuyishan Rock Tea Village
Tea Maker: Chen Zhen Jia
Origin: Wuyi Mountains in Fujian, China
Cultivation: Natural (Organic, but no certification)
Harvest Date: April 2017
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Jin Jun Mei, meaning Golden Beautiful Eyebrow, is named for the abundant golden tips and beautiful leaves. It is one of China's most famous modern teas, and was developed in the early 2000s based on high-grade Lapsang Souchong (Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong) processing.
Because of the high quality material and the careful processing, the flavors are rich, smooth, with notes of cacao, sweet potato, and nectar. The texture is silky but medium-bodied, with a lingering, fragrant finish.
This tea is harvested and crafted on Cindy's family lands in the Wuyi Mountains, specifically in the government-protected Wuyishan Scenic Area. This area is one of the authentic sources of Wuyi teas, with its mineral rich, rocky zhengyan soils, diverse micro-climates, and gardens fed by mountain springs. Their tea groves are located at 300-500m elevation, and are scattered throughout the area. Each garden produces a distinct batch of tea.
To craft this batch of Jin Jun Mei, young shoots are handpicked from small-leaf cultivars, and then rolled briefly to begin oxidization. The leaves are then allowed to oxidize over a period of 13-15 hours. After oxidation, the tea is baked to finish by the family under supervision by Cindy's uncle, teamaster Chen Zhen Jia.
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Recommended Brewing Instructions: Use 1tsp (~3g) per 250ml cup.
Brew for 1 minute.
- 195F for a smoother, sweeter profile.
- 205F for a stronger, more complex profile.
This tea can be rebrewed up to 4 times, with hotter water and longer infusions.
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