Also known as Golden Junmee, Jin Jun Mei, the newest member of Lapsang Souchong, was created in 2005. Made of only tender buds, the exquisite black teas is seen as the high-end Lapsang Souchong and one of the most expensive teas in China. Jin Jun Mei tea comes from the Wuyi Mountain, Fujian province. In the July of 2005, Mr. Jiang Yuan Xun, the general manager of Wu Yi Zheng Shan tea company accompany guests from Beijing to the Wuyi National Nature Reserve around 1800 meters above sea level. It was Early Spring and tea buds were sprouting vigorously. The guests suddenly asked why not make some black tea of only buds? The buds were then sent to Tongmu village where the first black tea in the world, Lapsang Souchong, was created about 400 years ago. The tea master Mr. Liang Jun De conducted the experiment by himself, It was made by the traditional Lapsang Souchong production methods combined with improved technique and skills. The tea was finally finished with a brand new black tea Jin Jun Mei.
Jin Jun Mei is made of only tea buds. Delicately twisted leaves with a high concentration of golden tips distinguishes this tea from other black teas. The quality of the tea really shines through in this absolutely gorgeous black tea. The tea itself is stunning in its beauty, with tippy golden leaves that smelled malty yet bright. This tea brews up into a deep red color, that holds a very bold, deep and crisp flavor. Be careful not to overbrew it. A full-bodied infusion deep red with a honey-like sweetness, a subtle milkiness and light coppery finish. It has a nice taste and does not need anything added to it.
The Jin Jun Mei was made of tea buds harvested from the Wuyi Mountain but not from the Tongmu, the core producing area of Lapsang Souchong, so it is not so much expensive, allowing many more people to have an opportunity to appreciate Jin Jun Mei. Such kind of Jin Jun Mei was often claimed as authentic by the vendors in the market.