Jin Jun Mei (China)
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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.