Hunan Jin Mao Feng Black Tea
$9.00 – $30.00 — available on subscription
The Hunan province is known for its spicy food and excellent teas. This beautifully hand-crafted black tea features shimmering gold tippy leaves, an elegantly sweet, mild caramel flavor and that ever elusive smooth textured mouth-feel. This is a work of art that will be perfect when served with milk and sugar, or as a fantastic, multi-steeping tea that pleases anytime and anywhere.
Hunan, China. This Province enjoys four distinctive seasons, with affluent rainfall in spring and summer followed by a dry autumn. Tea gardens are often located in hilly areas and sometimes in high altitude, mountainous regions. Varieties produced in this area include green, black, oolong, and various scented teas.
We recommend using a standard, pre-warmed teapot filled with approximately 3 grams of leaf per 8-10 oz of water. Infuse 2-3 minutes with near-boiling water. Serve on its own, or try with honey and lemon or milk and sugar. A great blend for iced tea, too.
Each regional tea offers diverse sensations from the same basic plant. Some flavors develop from weather and soil, and some from production variations. Hunan is better known for its hot peppery cooking, but tea has yet to distinguish itself from other regions. This tea surprised me. It possessed a bright clean flavor with warm undertones. Perhaps I should have expected the warmth, as its appearance was similar to Golden Monkey – – a combination of light brown mixed with deep browns in a silky blend. While not as powerful a taste and scent as the Golden Monkey, it is a refreshing black tea that can stand on its own.
one packet received without vacuum seal. I’ll use it first
I found 2-1/2 tsp. at 190 degrees F for 2 minutes to be just right.
I think it smells something like the Aged Hong Mei Mao Feng – like plums – even when dry, but more so when slightly dampened.
I agree with Roy’s description: sweet, mild caramel flavor. Delicious.