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Jin Jun Mei (China)

Jin Jun Mei (China)

$7.00

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This rare black tea is from the Fujian province of China.  It consists of only buds, plucked only during a two week period of early spring, and only from the Wuyi mountain which has a sandy soil, giving the tea buds a distinct taste that nowhere else matches.  The full buds are then carefully roasted and folded like an oolong, a labor-intesive processing that makes this tea even more rare and special. 

I have long-kept a small stash of this tea for myself, but not offered it for sale because of the pricepoint.  But this year I purchased a extra for resale because I think we have enough customers now who will understand and be fascinated by this tea.  It has a honey sweetness (because of only being buds), and a taste of hops that reminds me of Guinness and licorice root.  It has a floral sweet aroma, and a spiciness in the finish that reminds me of dash of fresh ginger.  The tea is incredibly complex in flavor and remarkably smooth with a soft but creamy mouthfeel.

Adding honey or other sweetener is completely unnecessary.  It tastes like it already has honey in it.  This is a tea to share with special guests and special days.  

Tasting Notes: Smooth, Honey, Intensely Complex, Guinness, Malty

Steep: 1 Tbsp of tea for 12oz water. Water temperature: 195.  Steep time 3-4 minutes.  Sweetener: None

Approximately 8 Tbsp in a 1 ounce package. 

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Jin Jun Mei (China)

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