Probably the most prestigious BLACK TEA from in the Wuyi Mountain Scenic Preserve of Fujian Province of south eastern China, where the highly desirable “wolong yancha” rock oolong teas are produced. Our JIN JUN MEI (aka Golden Beautiful Eyebrow) is a low production/small batch fully -fermented tea acquired direct from farmer located in the Zheng Yan Circle Mountain area, the highest quality zone where picturesque mountain cliffs, fertile Nine-Bend River and the mineral rich rocky soil is found. Unlike many other tea-producing areas in China, the tea trees here are not cultivated in the plantation style. They are allowed to grow naturally wild in spacious groves (making them more difficult to pick), ranging in age from a few years old to more than 100 years old, and elevations around 1000-1600 feet and on mountain peaks almost 5000 feet. Although not certified organic, this area is strictly protected by the government, so absolutely no chemicals or pesticides are used.
The material used for Jin Jun Mei is all high-quality buds, labor-intensive to hand-pick, that results in low yields produced. It was harvested on 4/8/2015 from groves of the wild "qizhong", MeiZhan, and HuangGuanYin cultivars on Tong Mu Guan mountain at about 4900 foot elevation. The buds are rolled briefly to facilitate oxidation, left to further oxidize 13-15 hours, then baked to dry and finish. The brewed result is rich, smooth, and reminiscent of dark chocolate and sweet potatoes. Texture is silky, but medium-bodied, and the very long lingering finish.