The highest grade of Lapsang Souchong is called Jun Mei or Beautiful Eyebrow (in English) because the processed tea leaf resembles an eyebrow. Jun Mei can be further categorized into Gold (Jin) and Silver (Yin) grade and this one is the gold Jun Mei.
What is special about Jun Mei Souchong is that unlike other Lapsang Souchong, it is processed using tender, full tea leaves and buds harvested in early spring before the Qing Ming festival.
This tea is also known as Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong. Zheng Shan means “Original Mountain” and only tea leaves picked from Wuyi harvest area can be called as “Zheng Shan”. These tea leaves have a special characteristics in that they have a subtle hint of a sweet fruit in China called “longan”.
Jun Mei Black Tea, Gold Jun Mei Lapsang Souchong
Mellow, sweet and smooth. The fragrance of Jin Jun Mei are smoky (pine) as any good Lapsang should be, yet the taste has distinct fruity sweet notes underneath the smoky nature of the tea. As this tea ages, the smoky nature will slowly subside while the fruity sweetness of this tea becomes stronger.
Jin Jun Mei tea leaves are carefully rolled and when infused, they unfurl into young one-bud one-leaf tea leaves. Clear orange color infusion.
As it is complete leaf, you can brew it up to 10 times, before brewing, warm the cup first use boiling water cool down to 85- 90 celcius, choose the cup with white bottom will definitely help to appreciate its beautiful liquor color.
||15 seconds, for each additional brewing adding 15 secs. more
||3-5 grams/ 1 tbs