Jin Jun Mei (also known as Golden Junmee and Golden Eyebrow Tea) is a sister variety of the Lapsang Souchongs. These are black teas from the Wuyi Mountains (in the province of Fujian) that have a history going back more than 300 years. They are also recognized by specialists as the ancestors of the world’s black teas.
In late seventeenth-century England, high-quality black tea from the Wuyi Mountains was the daily health and beauty drink of the queen consort of Charles II, Catherine of Braganza. The upper classes of English society hastened to imitate the new fashion of tea-drinking that she had introduced to the country. The queen’s tea, then known as Bohea, became the symbol of China at that time. It is now called Wuyi Mountain black tea, and is held in high esteem to this day.
Golden Eyebrow Tea has several notable characteristics, beginning with its long, thin appearance—just like an eyebrow. In colour, its tips feature mixed shades of gold, and in its aroma subtle changes can be detected, from traditional fruity scents to unmistakably floral fragrances. The colour of the liquor is a rather pale, translucent gold. Its flavour is distinctly sweet, mellow and full. The leaves can be re-steeped a number of times.
According to the terms used in Chinese medicine, Golden Eyebrow Tea, when taken 2 to 3 times a day (3-5 ounces), can nourish the stomach, beautify the face, strengthen the immune system, calm the nerves, assist in weight reduction and slow the aging process.
Wuyishan city, Fujian province, China
From: Wuyi Mountains, Fujian Province, China
Harvest/Produced: spring 2016