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From the Wuyi mountains, golden eyebrow black tea is made from only the most delicate buds on the tea plant. It's long thin twisted leaves resemble eyebrows. Infusing this tea produces a beautiful golden color. The taste is distinctly sweet like honey with a smooth light graham cracker finish.
Sample provided by 3 Leaf Tea
I've reviewed a few offerings from 3 Leaf before. They blend their own flavored matcha and make a killer hot chocolate. They have now expanded to include loose leaf tea.
Jin Jun Mei, as it is otherwise known, does not particularly resemble its namesake to me. The leaf is lightly twisted and lightly curved, so I get the connection. Looking at the beauty of the colors just makes me think awesome tea that needs to be brewed. This is a black tea made only from buds and has a healthy mix of golden and dark brown colors.
The dry aroma is faint in my sample bag. It seems baked like brownies with some maltiness.
I used 1 1/2 tsp because I am using a mug. The directions call for 1 tsp. Per directions, I used boiling water and a 3 minute steep.
The steeped leaf is chocolate brown and has a honey and molasses aroma.
Jin Jun Mei is a new member of the lapsang souchong family however this is not a smoky tea.
The taste hits all the right spots for me. It's malt and honey over a base that hints at sweet potato. There is a crisp briskness that runs throughout the sip yet remains low key, never presenting itself in the forefront. The more I sip the more I notice a citrus like fruitiness late in the sip.
The aftertaste lingers sweet with a mouth watering dryness.
Golden Eyebrow is one of my favorite type black teas and this one by 3 Leaf is a solid example.
You can find 3 Leaf Tea Golden Eyebrow here.