2019 Spring Wuyi Golden Horse Eyebrow Jin Jun Mei

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Golden Jin Jun Mei is foraged and wild picked up in the mountains of the officially designated protected Fujian Wuyishan National Nature Reserve (福建武夷山国家级自然保护区). Wild Golden Jin Jun Mei is picked one bud at a time, entirely by hand, and entirely by native residents living within the reserve. The tea plants are wildly propagated by seed, and are left untended. One kilogram of fresh leaf takes twelve to fourteen thousand individual buds, each picked entirely by hand.

The aroma of the tea in a Jingdezhen porcelain gaiwan was full of longan and grape high notes. The first sips are shockingly thick. The mossy flavor of old tree Wuyi teas that comes through before shifting to a sweet buttercream cake aftertaste. As the tea continues steeping, the crisp sweetness of Wuyi minerality dominates with honey and light melon notes on the tongue.

Origin: Wuyi Shan National Nature Reserve, Fujian, China

Date of Pick: 2019 Spring

Elevation : 1400m

Bud to Leaf Ratio: 1 bud : 1 leaf

Taste: Longan and grape high notes. Thick and mineral flavor of old tree Wuyi trees that comes through before shifting to a sweet buttercream cake aftertaste. As the tea continues steeping, the crisp sweetness of Wuyi minerality dominates with honey and light melon notes on the tongue.

Tea Bush : C.sinensis cv.Tanyang-caicha

Caffeine: Less than 30% of a cup of coffee

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Steeped up Western style, but I did save myself enough to try it Gongfu later…

Jin Jun Mei is a style of tea with a mighty big reputation right now and, with that reputation, and equally big price tag in many cases. Do I think it’s worth the hype and price tag? Usually no, though there are admittedly some very nice ones out there.

I liked this one, but it was easy to find myself distracted from the taste of the tea by any one of the many other things going on in my day. When I’m drinking a straight black tea Western style, I usually want it to either fade into the background and act as a sort of pleasant “white noise” to be sipped on or I want it to command my attention because of how good it is. This tea? Somewhere in the middle.

Mostly tasted of cocoa, sweet potato, and some florals – but smelled dominantly like rich cocoa power/chocolate. The good stuff, from like some kind of fancy European brand.

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