Thursday, October 25, 2007

Jun Shan Yin Zhen

Jun Shan Yin Zhen (Mount Jun Silver Needle) is the king of Yellow teas. It is one of China's ten famous teas. The tea is originally from Jun Shan Island (known also as the Island of Immortals) of Lake Dong Ting in Hunan Province.
It is a very rare tea. The yearly production of this tea is very limited, using only before and early Qing Ming harvest. Qing Ming ("clear and bright") is one of 24 Chinese solar terms relating to the plucking of tea. In western calendar it is on April 5.
Juan Shan Yin Zhen tea includes needle-shape tea buds. Jun Shan Yin Zhen tea has delicate aroma with a touch of floral. The tea taste starts with light, smooth, sweet...and ends with kind of smoky.
How to brew it? Rinse tea cup and teapot with hot water. Put 1-2 teaspoons of tea leaves for every 150 ml of water. Steep in hot water at 70-80 degrees Celsius for a minute for first two brewing. Slightly increase steeping time and temperature for further brewing.

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