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2021 Mei Zhan Jin Black Tea

2021 Mei Zhan Jin Black Tea

Crafted by the Li Family

Li Xiangxi's family works together in Tongmu applying their incredible skill at roasting to their spring-fed high mountain tea. Their proceeds go to teaching rural tea ceremony.
  • true
    fruit
    85
    lychee, melon
    true
    floral
    80
    vanilla, orchid
    true
    savory
    60
    ginseng, licorice, nutmeg
    false
    floral
    75
    gardenia
    true
    thick, juicy, mouth-watering

    Tasting Profile

    • fruit - lychee, melon
    • floral - vanilla, orchid
    • savory - ginseng, licorice, nutmeg
    • texture - thick, juicy, mouth-watering
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2021
    • Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
    • ELEVATION600 METERS
    • Mei ZhanTea Varietal

    Mei Zhan varietal is famous for its rich and focused fruit-forward oolong made from long skinny spring leaves. Recently, Mr. Li has been experimenting with a stand of his family’s iconic Mei Zhan in early spring when the plant puts out huge buds that are too delicate to withstand oolong processing. He personally leads the hand-picking of the Li Family Mei Zhan buds and brings them to the family home and workshop in Tongmu for Jin Jun Mei meticulous black tea hand-finishing. The slow oxidation in bamboo baskets brings out big savory notes and sweet rich honey and cream.


  • 'Now Wuyishan is home to dozens of varietals from well-known teas like Shui Jin Gui and Anxi natives like Jin Guanyin to more obscure Que She, Bai Rui Xiang, and Shi Ru. Culitvar-specific teas are used almost exclusively for oolongs because their distinctive aromas that can be brought out in oolong processing. That said, there are exceptions: teas like Mei Zhan Jin Jun Mei use the gigantic buds of the aromatic, large-leafed Mei Zhan cultivar, and is a favorite of the Li Family’s for single-varietal Jin Jun Mei'

  • 5
    6
    208
    15 seconds
    10
    5
    5
    195
    5 seconds
    5
    5
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    5 g.6
    oz.
    use 208° watersteep 15 secondsresteep many times
    add 10 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.5 ozuse 195° watersteep 5 seconds
    add 5 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    5 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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