JinJunMei is a premier category of ZhengShan XiaoZhong (LapSang) tea produced in Tongmu Village at WuYi Mountain. At an altitude of 1,500 to 1,800 metres, this mountain village enjoys a good geographical environment. This national treasure is also the birthplace of black tea: ZhengShan XiaoZhong Tea was created here 300 years ago.

JinJunMei tea is created with tender young buds from wild tea bushes growing in the woods. The tips of the buds are harvested by experienced female workers who gather about 2,000 bud tips at their peak; an estimated 50,000 bud tips is needed for every 500 grams of JinJunMei. JinJunMei is harvested in daylight according to stringent and meticulous regulations. The gathered bud tips are then subjected to a traditional manufacturing process similar to ZhengShan XiaoZhong and other black teas, i.e. withering, rolling, fermentation and roasting. The final step is especially crucial in black tea production - which then results in what is known as fully fermented tea.

The tiny, gold-coloured JinJunMei tea has a creamy aroma and a fruity, velvety flavor that resembles dry longan. Its ethereal sweetness lingers in your mouth while it soothes your mind, pleasuring both the eyes and palate. This super long finish lasts even after nine or ten water refills. Retaining the attributes of traditional ZhengShan XiaoZhong with the addition of a modern image, the rise of JinJunMei tea marks a turning point for China's declining black tea market: it has made China the top nation in producing black tea. In a nutshell, JiinJunMei is the crown jewel of all ZhengShan XiaoZhong black teas.

Throughout the years, the price of JinJunMei has soared; its price is at least three times higher than it was three years ago. Why? This is mainly because of Tongmu village's production capacity, which is limited to approximately 6,000 acres of plantations. More than 200 farmers involved in JinJunMei production yield 300 to 1,000 catties annually, but this is rare; the majority of farmers produce less than a few tens of catties per year. Limited production has elevated the price of JinJunMei. For instance, the price for JinJunMei this year has jumped to nearly RMB 10,000 per 500g. Considering the challenges, the prominent position of JinJunMei in the tea market is surely a miracle. Limited production or otherwise, the top-notch quality of Jinjunmei continues to stimulate demand and inflate prices.

The nutrient-rich JinJunMei contains vitamins and minerals that can regulate our metabolism. In terms of medicinal value, it has high concentrations of tea polyphenol (TP) and alkaloids which help improve blood circulation, prevent the hardening of arteries, lower cholesterol, eliminate bronchitis, and so on.

The technique of brewing JinJunMei is simple. Either glass or clay teapots can be used. Mountain spring and mineral water are best for brewing. First, boil the water until 85°C. Then, brew the tea in the water. Finally, steep for about 30 seconds and it is ready to serve. A good quality JinJunMei tea brew should be golden in color with a rich aroma reminiscent of candied date and pollen.

The black tea range at Tea Art Gallery comprises Yunnan's DianHong black tea and Anhui
Keemun black tea. JinJunMei from Tongmu village, WuYi mountain will be offered very soon to cater to our customer's needs. This black tea series consists of specially selected high quality teas. To ensure the highest quality is uncompromised, meticulous care is paid to the transportation and packaging of these teas.




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