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Yellow Tea

Jun Shan Yin Zhen 君山銀針

Corn, hay, tender mouthfeel with lingering crisp sweetness

Regular price $199.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $199.00 USD

About This Tea

Jun Shan Yin Zhen is China's rarest tea and considered a Chinese Famous Tea. While the knock-off versions are plenty, there's only one tea maker on the tiny Jun Shan Island, and the tea estate is state-owned until 2017. It's a highly delicate tea with a lingering crisp sweetness. It is truly a rare, unique experience to taste this tea from its true origin.

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  • Origin

    Jun Shan Dao (Jun Shan Island), Yue Yang, Hu Nan province, China (~60m elevation)

  • History and Significance

    Never privatized from dynasty time to the republic era, this bona fide modern tribute tea usually goes directly to the government and is reserved to treat visiting diplomats. Jun Shan Yin Zhen means Silver Needle tea from Jun Shan. Mr. Guo is the only man in the world who knows how to make this ancient yellow tea, and he receives a special government stipend for his dedication in carrying the craft (with over 30 people helping).

  • Category

    Category: Yellow Tea

    Sub-Category: Huang Ya Cha (Yellow bud tea)

    Cultivar: Heirloom

  • Processing

    Jun Shan Yin Zhen is exemplary conservative in its making; however, it is the most innovative when it comes to the kill-green step. Infra-red technology is used for ultra-accurate results. There are four varietals of Jun Shan Yin Zhen we carry at Tea Drunk: Heirloom, Yin Zhen No.1, Bi Xiang Zao, and Fu Yun. Several varietals were produced on the Jun Shan Island, with Yin Zhen #1 being the rarest. The tea maker produced only 8.5kg in 2015.

  • Tasting Notes

    This incredible tea has notes of corn and hay. It has a tender mouthfeel with a lingering crisp of sweetness. If we had to choose one note that stands out to us here, it would be corn.

  • Brewing Instructions

    Please see above for the category specific brewing specs for Gong Fu brewing. For brewing in a teapot, mug, or single cup visit this article here.

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