Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Chinese Tea-Shop
Black Tea- Golden Junmee
Other Names: Jin Jun Mei, 金骏眉
Description: Golden Junmee is one of the rarest teas we have for sale here. This is a must try for all black tea lovers. Golden Junmee is made only with the young tea buds and is very low yield, about 5000 buds per 50g of tea. This tea was very recently created when some young tea buds were discovered in the Wuyi National Nature Reserve. These buds were taken to Tong Mu were they were processed in conjunction with ancient methods as to produce the best possible tea.
I know I say this a lot, but this tea is amazing! What can I say, I love tea, and with so many great teas out there, it is so easy for me to find a tea over which to get excited! And this tea is definitely exciting.
This rare tea is so incredibly flavorful. The sweetness is the most pronounced of the flavors here, and it is a sweetness that is quite like caramel. I can almost taste the burnt-sugar in this cup! There is also a very pleasant, savory bitterness that hits the palate just after the start of the sip and stays until about mid-sip, which is when the sweetness washes over it. Just before the end of the sip, an interesting sour note arrives. It’s such a lovely play of contrasts right upon the palate.
In addition, I can taste notes of flowers and fruit, which, if I close my eyes, transports me to my childhood: my gramma’s backyard in early summer, just as the plums and apricots from her tree, as well as the berries on the vines are ripening from that warm California sunshine. The honeysuckles and flowers from the white ginger plants are emitting their lovely fragrance. It’s such a delicious memory that is brought to life simply by sipping on this tea.
This is a tea that I would recommend to any tea connoisseur. It’s a MUST try! And while this tea may seem a bit pricey, it produces multiple infusions that are every bit as flavorful as the first cup. I love the way each subsequent infusion reveals different aspects of this tea’s “personality.” A truly exquisite experience.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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