Unique Black tea crafted from an Oolong cultivar to ramp up the sweet aromatics. A pinnacle tea at a great price point makes this a no-brainer for your collection.
The Golden Peony cultivar (Jin Mu Dan) is a relatively new one. Its origin is a little unclear, some say that it is 40 years old but it is more likely that it was created in the early 2000's by the 'Fujian Tea and Research Institute' by crossing the Huang Dan and Huang Guan Yin varieties (although this is also disputed). Whatever the origin, this is a cultivar which was primarily designed to be made into a Fujian Oolong with bright aromatics and a sweet taste.
Jin Mu Dan Black tea is an even more recent development and it has proved to be a very successful crossover, producing a sweet and flowery Black with a great price point (newly introduced cultivars are often more affordable).
But we don't just want a sweet easy sipping brew - we want a tea with character.
This batch of Jin Mu Dan captured us in our tastings because beneath all of those flowery aromatics was a fascinating combination of butteriness in the mouth and a lively medicinal fruitiness - think fresh figs and liniments.
So, while you can sit back and quaff this tea with any guests to enjoy its violet floral nose and sweet nashi pear juiciness, it's that oily mouthfeel, butter, fig and creosote intrigue that will make this a favourite.
Fig Butter Black is another example of the new-school Chinese blacks that are making this genre so exciting.