When I first arrived in SF I asked a reputable tea merchant why they didn’t sell Jin Jun Mei and they told me that “Americans would never spend that much on tea.”
This is true Jin Jun Mei.
In the early years of the 21st century, there was a 24th generation tea farmer named Jiang Yuan Xun, whose name literally means “the light which leads the river”. He was sitting on an overstock of Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong, the traditional tea of his region, a style of tea famous the world over for being the original red tea, yet it’s smokiness deemed it unpalatable by Chinese standards.
In 2005, Master Jiang released Jin Jun Mei to the world creating not only the first red tea to be highly valued by Chinese, but one of the most highly valued teas of all time. Every step in it’s process requires the careful touch of masterful hands from the picking of only the finest of the first flush all the way through to the finished product.
Jin Jun Mei is a new and fashionable red tea from Fujian in the Southeast of China. The name literally means Golden Steed Eyebrow. Golden because it is (ideally) the highest quality of the years first picking, and aware of its rank this tea strides like a steed out of the backwoods of Tong Mu Guan proudly onto the international scene with it’s slender eyebrow-like form.
Good tea is tea that you like. All the tea in the box is coded by its excellence according to traditional standards, and thus by price as well. Green is good, Yellow is great, and Red is excellent tea.