Tuesday November 10, 2009 | 14 comments
This is a crazy time for Jin Junmei (Golden Junmei), a newborn black tea that sells for 100 dollars an ounce. Similar to Pu-erh, Jin Junmei is hot and getting more and more popular, especially in Fuzhou and Xiamen (two cities in the Fujian province of China). Most people buy it as a gift, despite the cost. It’s clearly the darling of high society.
Jin Junmei is very rare and unique. Made from the bud only of a wild tea tree located on a 1,500-meter-high mountain in the Wuyi Nature Reserve, this tea is harvested just before the Qingming Festival. One worker can pick 2,000 buds a day, but to produce 500 grams of tea requires harvesting 60,000 to 80,000 buds – very labor intensive! The real Jin Junmei can only be found in Tongmu village, which produces a total of 2,500 kilograms per year.
There is no doubt that Jin Junmei is a super black tea. Created in 2005 by Master Liang Junde, the tea is processed using a method similar to that used to produce Lapsang Souchong, but without smoke braising. Characterized by small tender leaves, when brewed, Jin Junmei is very beautiful – clear and golden yellow with an amazing floral fruity Harney taste.
In China, black tea is not popular, despite teas such as Lapsang Souchong, Keemun, and Golden Yunnan. But now. more people know about black tea through Jin Junmei.