Dragon Eyelashes Black Tea

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Dragon Eyelashes Black Tea

42.00

$2.10 Per Cup

50 Grams (1.76 Ounces) / 20 First Steeps

Origin: Wuyi Mountains in Fujian China

Farm Name: Wuyishan Rock Tea Village

Farmer: Zhou Shi Wu, Cindy Chen, & Chen Zhen Jia

Cultivation Method: All Natural

The actual name of this tea is “Jin Jun Mei” which means “Golden Beautiful Eyebrow.”  When you take one look at the tea leaves you’ll see why it is called this and also why we opted for the name of “Dragon Eyelashes.”  Trust us on this, we have a pet dragon in the office and this is exactly what his eyelashes look like!  This is an extremely popular yet modern style of tea in China.  The brewed tea has a rich, smooth, silky, sweet potato taste with a hint of cacao and flowers with a cooling aftertaste.  This tea has a deep gold color to it and smells of sweet potatoes and walnuts with a hint of cinnamon.  The hotter you brew it the less sweet it will taste however the tastes become much stronger.

Wuyishan Rock Tea village is in the Wuyi Mountains in Fujian, China and is in an elevation range of 980 feet to 1640 feet (300 to 500 meters).  More specifically it is located within the Wuyishan Scenic Area which is an area that is protected by the government.  Anyone who enters this area is searched to ensure that harmful chemicals and foreign items don’t end up in this protected area.  This results in a truly authentic and natural environment.  Where this farm is located they have the prized “zhengyan” soil which is sandy soil that is slightly rocky and has a reddish hue to it.  This results in an extremely high mineral content that is acidic which means that tea trees love it here!  Cindy’s family has owned this land for three generations now and their tea processing techniques have been handed down from generation to generation.   

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Steeping and Storage

Use 2.5 grams (2 heaping teaspoons) of loose leaf tea per 6 ounces of water.  Steep with water ranging from 195 to 205 degrees for 3 to 5 minutes.  Can be re-steeped up to 4 times.  If making iced tea, double the amount of tea leaves used and keep the time the same; sweeten while steeping and when done steeping pour over ice.

Keep in mind that these steeping instructions are merely a suggested starting point.  Everyone has different tastes and preferences and you can adjust the amount of tea used and the steep time accordingly.  If you would like your tea to have a stronger taste, add more tea leaves.  Conversely, if it is too strong, use less tea leaves.  It is quite fun to play with the temperature of the water and the steep times to bring out different tastes and textures in the tea!

Loose leaf tea should be stored in a cool, dark, and dry environment away from strong odors that the tea will most certainly absorb (do not store in the refrigerator or spice cabinet).  It is best to store it in an air tight container as this will reduce the amount of oxygen that interacts with the tea and thus preserving its life.