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.