Jin Zhu Mao Jian green tea was featured in our July 2015 boxes. Jin Zhu Mao Jian is an extremely rare and stunning looking tea that comes from the mountains of Anhui Province in Eastern China. Jin Zhu is a village, after which this tea is named, while Mao Jian is a type of tea and can be roughly translated as ‘Tippy’. This name is very apt as when you look at this tea, you can see that it is mostly made out of the top two young leaves of the tea plant plus the buds.
The production of this tea requires very careful hand plucking of the best leaves of the plant when they reach optimum condition. The leaves are also plucked very early in the season when they are most delicate. After plucking the leaves are hand-rolled and gently pan fried in order to ensure the two leaves and the bud stay together resulting in visually appealing large tea leaves.
When brewed, the leaves of this Jin Zhu Mao Jian green tea open up and you can see whole large green leaves with little buds in your pot that are used to make this great tea. The liquor produced is very bright and light in colour, reminiscent of a white tea. The flavour of this tea is very light, again somewhat similar to a white tea, having a fragrant smooth and slightly sweet taste with lingering peachy undertones.
This tea is best brewed at 80°C for 2-3 minutes and can be brewed multiple times.