Jun Shan Yin Zhen

Jun Shan Yin Zhen

$ 1,188.00

Jun Shan Yin Zhen
君山銀針
Jun Shan Dao, Yue Yang
Round, delicate with a sweet mouth feel. 

Though the word “rare” is so over used in the tea world without any authenticity, Jun Shan Yin Zhen, a yellow tea, hands down is THE most rare Chinese tea nowadays.  While the knock-off versions are plenty, there’s actually only one tea maker on the tiny Jun Shan Island and it is state-owned.  A bona fide modern tribute tea, the yearly harvest goes straight to the government and is usually reserved to treat visiting diplomats. Mr. Guo is the only man in the world knows how to make this ancient yellow tea and he receives special government stipend for his dedication in carrying the craft (with over 30 people helping). 

There are several varietals produced on the Jun Shan island, with Yin Zhen #1 the rarest, only 8.5kg produced in 2015.  However, I personally think the original varieties (a natural blend) tastes better and Mr. Gao agrees with me :p.  If I’m only allowed one note to pinpoint the characteristic of the rarest tea in China, what would it be? Sweet corn!

See what makes this yellow tea so special in Shunan's travel footage in Jun Shan.