Jin Jun Mei tea literally Golden Horse Eyebrow is a kind of Chinese black tea, produced in Tongmuguan or Tongmu Village in Wuyi Mountain of Wuyi city in Fujian Province. Jin means “gold”; Jun means “good horse”; Mei means “eyebrow”;
Jin Jun Mei tea belongs to the branch of the Lapsang Souchong tea. It is a new kind of black tea and was developed in 2005 by Jiang Yuanxun, the 24th generation inheritor of Lapsang Souchong tea, and his team through innovation on the basis of traditional technology.
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.
1. Meaning of the name of Jin Jun Mei Tea
In traditional Chinese culture, 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 standards, production technology, and expectations of the tea.
Jin means “gold” and gold has the meanings of precious and rare. Only the raw materials of tea trees in Wuyi Mountain National Nature Reserve can produce Jin Jun Mei tea. Jin Jun Mei tea is rare and precious as gold. Besides, the color of its tea soup 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 is like an eyebrow. And in traditional Chinese culture, eyebrow has a meaning of longevity.
2. Characteristics of Jin Jun Mei Tea
Tongmuguan is famous for its tea. It has a high terrain and 96.3% forest coverage. 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℃, an average annual precipitation of about 2000mm, which is a superior growth environment for the tea trees.
The raw materials of Jin Jun Mei are very demanding. Only pick the single tender buds in the spring. Producing 500g of dried Jin Jun Mei needs 60k-90k tender buds.
The shape of Jin Jun Mei is twisty, long, and thin like eyebrow; its color is yellow with black, commonly known as “three yellow and seven black”. The color of each leaf is mostly black and slightly yellow or golden, which is a unique characteristic different from other teas.
The tea soup of Jin Jun Mei looks bright, clear, and golden; the color of the brewed tea leaves is red-brown and bright. The fragrance of it is a mixture of natural flower, fruit, and honey and it is long-lasting.
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.
Because the raw materials of Jin Jun Mei tea are few and its producing technology is complex, its production output is low and its price is expensive.
In the market, the high-quality Jin Jun Mei is often out of stock. Of course, there are many low-quality cheap Jin Jun Mei, of which the shape, color, fragrance, and taste are not good.
3. Benefits of Jin Jun Mei Tea
Like other black tea, Jin Jun Mei tea is rich in theaflavin, thearubigins, vitamins, carotene, mineral elements, a variety of amino acids, flavonoids and other nutrients, which have many pharmacological effects.
Here are the main benefits of Jin Jun Mei tea
- Nourishing stomach
- Strengthening bones
- Promoting appetite and digestion
- Lowering blood lipid and blood sugar