Jin Jun Mei is a spectacular tea made entirely from buds resulting in a distinct golden appearance when finished. Our Jin Jun Mei is full-bodied and rich with delicate toast and malt qualities. This tea has an accentuated honey-like aroma.
Jin Jun Mei is a relative ‘newcomer’ to the red teas of China and was developed in 2005 in Tong Mu Gan. Whilst our Jin Jun Mei has not been produced in Tong Mu Gan it is a wonderful representation of this style of tea. We love examples of innovation in tea making as they continue to make tea relevant and suited to our contemporary taste preferences.
Origin: Mount Huanggang, Fujian province, China
Flavour profile: Full-bodied | Cacao | Honey
Processing highlights: Jin Jun Mei is harvested from the finest young spring buds resulting in the large number of golden tips. Our Jin Jun Mei is oxidised by placing the buds in a basket with a wet cloth placed over the top. The baskets are placed in a warm room and slowly oxidised over a period of 8-10 hours. The tea is subjected to a light baking to dry and finish the tea.
Cultivar: Fuyun 6
Tea Master: Ms Chen
Mount Huanggang is located in the famous Wuyi Mountains and is the highest peak in the region. It separates the Fujian and Jiangxi provinces. Teas from the Wuyi Mountains enjoy superior and unique growing conditions.
Jin Jun Mei produces a smooth liquor that has semi-sweet finish. The toast notes are well balanced against the honey sweetness and hints of cacao and root vegetable can be detected.
Jin Jun Mei pairs well with savoury dishes, particularly those containing red meats. Jin Jun Mei would make an ideal tea to serve with afternoon tea and would also pair well with a sweet dessert course to help to cleanse the palate.
Try this with a rib eye steak with mushrooms and white beans or with sticky date pudding.
Leaf appearance: Slender wiry leaves are tightly twisted into short lengths that resemble the shape of eyebrows. An even black-brown colour with an abundance of golden tips.
Aroma: A well-balanced toast toffee malt
Liquor colour: Brilliant red-amber