Black No. 6 - Jīn Jun Mei (Golden Eyebrow) - Limited HarvestRegular price $9.25
Origin: Fu'An, Fujian Province, China
Description: Though the coastal Fu'An region of Fujian province is best known for its white teas, increased production of exquisite and complex green and black teas has added to the their international reputation. An early spring harvest of leaf and bud coupled with generations of skillful craftsmanship result in a sublimely aromatic tea. Made using a method of processing and shaping of tea leaves known as 'Golden Eyebrow,' the leaves are long, twisted, and vary from rich burnt umber to a yellow gold.
Tasting Notes: The nose carries the almost surprisingly fruity sugar aroma of toasty, baked peaches. The palate is marked by a sweet mineral taste to start, which develops into prominent dark chocolate notes. This soft cocoa acidity builds to a twang of tannin bitterness along the sides of the tongue. The cup is smooth, and slightly creamy with a high malt. Wonderful start to finish, and excellent for a re-steep.
Brewing Instructions: 3g per cup. 95ºC water. Steep 2 minutes. Re-steep.
China has a rich and ancient tradition of producing high quality teas of all varieties, and black tea is no exception. This is where tea culture and industry, as we know it, began nearly 2,000 years ago.
Known as ‘Red Tea’ in China, the tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis sinensis plant are smaller and finer than their Indian counterparts, the Camellia sinensis assamica, and prefer cooler mountainous regions. Usually plucked by hand and gently processed, the end result are exquisitely fragrant teas with lesser levels of astringency and a soft body.
Several Chinese provinces are famous for their regional tea selections: Fujian Province is home to the well-known, pine-smoked Lapsang Souchong, while Keemun tea, the official choice of the British Queen, is produced in Anhui Province. Yunnan province produces the ever-popular varieties of Yunnan black tea and is also the region where China started its tea cultivation.
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