Jin Jun Mei tea (金骏眉, Jīn Jùn Méi) literally called Golden Horse Eyebrow is a kind of Chinese black tea. It is native to the Tongmuguan in Wuyi Mountain of Wuyi city in Fujian Province. Jin means “gold”; Jun means “good horse”; Mei means “eyebrow”.
Table of Contents
- History of Jin Jun Mei Tea
- Meaning of Jin Jun Mei Tea
- Characteristics of Jin Jun Mei Tea
- Benefits of Jin Jun Mei Tea
History of Jin Jun Mei Tea
Jin Jun Mei tea is a branch of the Lapsang Souchong. It is a new kind of black tea and was invented in 2005 by Jiang Yuanxun, the 24th generation inheritor of Lapsang Souchong. They innovated according to the traditional technology of Lapsang Souchong, and thus invented the processing technology of Jin Jun Mei tea.
As a new upstart of Chinese black tea, although it hasn’t appeared for a long time, it became a well-known black tea due to its unique characteristics and high quality.
Meaning of Jin Jun Mei Tea
In traditional Chinese culture, a name is very important. It is not only a symbol but also a symbol of its unique external image and internal quality.
In order to make a good name for this new tea, the creators of the tea thought it over and finally named it “Jin Jun Mei” according to the growth environment, picking standard, processing technology, and expectation of the tea.
Jin means “gold” and gold has the meanings of precious and rare. Only the tea trees in Wuyi Mountain National Nature Reserve can offer high-quality fresh leaves to produce Jin Jun Mei tea. Besides, the color of its tea liquid is golden, which is another reason Jin Jun Mei tea is called “Jin”.
Jun means “good horse”. The creators of the tea hope that this tea can be popularized as fast as the galloping horse.
Mei means “eyebrow”. The shape of the dried Jin Jun Mei tea is like an eyebrow. And in traditional Chinese culture, the eyebrow has a meaning of longevity.
Characteristics of Jin Jun Mei Tea
Tongmuguan is famous for its tea. The terrain is relatively high, with a forest coverage rate of 96.3%. Its main tea production areas have an average altitude of about 1,200 meters, with an average fog day of 120 days, an average annual temperature of 11-18℃, average annual precipitation of about 2,000mm, which is a superior growth environment for the tea trees.
The raw material requirements of Jin Jun Mei tea are very high, and only tender buds are picked in the spring. Producing 500g of dried Jin Jun Mei tea requires 60k-90k tender buds.
The shape of Jin Jun Mei is twisty, long, and thin like an eyebrow. Its color is black with yellow, commonly known as “three yellow and seven black”, which is a unique characteristic different from other teas.
After brewing, the tea liquid of Jin Jun Mei tea looks bright, clear, and golden. The color of the brewed tea leaves is red-brown and bright. Its fragrance is long-lasting and is a mixture of natural flowers, fruit, and honey.
Jin Jun Mei tea tastes mellow, smooth, and has a sweet aftertaste. It can be brewed many times and its fragrance can last at least 5-7 times of brewing.
Benefits of Jin Jun Mei Tea
Like other black tea, Jin Jun Mei tea is rich in theaflavin, thearubigins, vitamins, trace elements, amino acids, flavonoids, and other nutrients, which have many pharmacological effects.
Benefits of Jin Jun Mei tea: