2010 Wuyi Jin Jun Mei - 1st Grade
A Spring harvest red tea, plucked in before Qing-Ming festival early April. A new Supreme grade red yan cha (rock grown) varital produce from wild tree grown at 1500M above sea level in Wuyi Nature Reserve. Created in 2005 to replicate the early Qing-Dynasty tribute red tea, it requires 60,000 to 70,000 buds to produces a pound of this rarities. Unfortunately, 90% of Jin Jun Mei on the market is fake because of this labour intense production.
This red tea’s early March harvest yields delicate buds with golden hairs.
Dry Leaf Aroma: Raisin bread, baker’s chocolate
Wet Leaf Aroma: Cinnamon and honey notes
Body: The full-bodied cup brims with notes of oriental spices and ripe persimmon. The lovely, terra cotta hue deepens with the first several steeps. Delicate tea oils give a satin-like sheen to the surface of liquor and adds richness to the soft composition. The tart, citrus edge that balances the round flavors develops into an intense perfume with every exhalation.
Finish: Strong florals and citrus
Qi: Warm and relaxing