Gleaming Brow

Jin Jun Mei

  • Black Tea of the Year 2017

  • Rank

    Chocolate and mulberry, great to drink on a cozy night home.

    Recommends this tea

This is a very special tea. It is one of the most expensive teas in China and almost impossible to find outside the most discerning tea circles. We have searched for years to find a true Jin Jun Mei and most years we come up short but this 2016 harvest tea is the real deal and we have managed to secure a tiny amount for our clients (less than 1kg).

The picking and processing of this tea is a little secretive. Buds are picked pre-qing ming from wild growing, primitive tea variety, possibly from the side of the stems. They are then hand rolled (yes every bud rolled between fingers) before allowing them to oxidise completely. Every 10g contains about 1000-1500 hand rolled buds picked from the side stem of the Wuyi Lapsang tea plant. This is pinnacle quality black tea unlike any other tea being produced.

PLEASE BE AWARE that this Jin Jun Mei is absolutely authentic and highest quality. There are many fakes and low quality versions of this tea. If you see tea with many golden buds then this is lower quality tea (despite what the supplier may write). True, high quality Jin Jun Mei should have much fewer golden buds and not have a great deal of tea fur on the leaves. Instead the leaves should be small, dark and glossy with less than 30% golden buds.

Gong Fu Brewing Western Brewing
Water
Temp
Amountg per 100ml 1st Infusionseconds + Infusionsseconds Number of
Infusions
Amountg per 100ml 1st Infusionseconds + Infusionsseconds Number of
Infusions
90°c
195F
3 10 +5 8 0.5 120 +60 3

We think you’ll love:

Bulang Hong Cha

Sun-dried black tea made by the PuErh producing people of Bulang in Yunnan. Figs, dried jujube, hay, wet rocks and a herbal, honeyed sweetness.

Smoked Tong Mu Zhengshan Xiaozhong

Longan wood smoked Lapsang made in Tong Mu village. Dried pears, milk chocolate, allspice and smoked banana.

Tong Mu Zhengshan Xiaozhong

An unsmoked Lapsang that shows the true depth of flavour of this famous tea. Dark cocoa, charred bourbon casks and rambutan.

Sun Moon Lake Black Tea - Ruby 18

Captivating Black tea unlike any other tea available. Camphor, lilacs and menthol with cinnamon sweetness leading to a quenching minerality.

notification