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When your taste buds want a really refreshing tea, Chun Mei is a perfect choice, and is widely drunk in China during and after meals with strongly flavoured foods. With a very consistent size and shape, TeaVivre's Chun Mee is a grade 1 Chun Mee that has been picked early in the year, before the rainy season sets in, to ensure it has the best taste and a smooth, sweet aftertaste this tea is famed for.
Chun Mei – sometimes called Zhen Mei – is the most popular type of “eyebrow tea” in China, so named because when dry it's narrow, curved shape looks like a fine, painted on eyebrow. The traditional local drink of Anhui, it is also now widely grown in Zhejiang, Jiangxi provinces.
The production of this tea, especially high quality Chun Mei like TeaVivre's, is particularly laborious and time consuming, as each leaf must be carefully hand rolled at exactly the right temperature to ensure the uniformity in the size and shape of each leaf, that is needed to ensure the resulting tea delivers the exact combination of sweetness and astringency this tea is renowned for.
Chun Mee, like all green teas, has high levels of antioxidants that reportedly reduce the incidence of cancer, promote good skin tone and help reduce the affects of aging. Also high in vitamin C, fluoride and calcium, they also promote healthy teeth and bones.
For more information on the health benefits of Green teas, take a look at our article on Tea Health benefit.
Chun Mei should brewed in water around 194 ºF (90 ºC) for less than 30 seconds. A longer time will give the tea a bitter taste. It can be infused 7 or 8 times.
For more information on some of the skills and arts of brewing tea, check out our article on How To Make Zhen Mei Green Tea.
The source of tea is from the traditional birthplace of this tea, high in mountains of Anhui province. This amazingly beautiful area is a mix of high rugged mountains and dense forests, with the cool temperatures and perpetually misty conditions ideal for growing the delicate buds and leaves.
Chun Mei traces its roots back to a traditional green tea produced in Anhui during Ming Dynasty in the 1600's, called Anhui green tea. As the hand rolling and processing techniques of this tea evolved and improved, the highest quality versions of this tea were given a new name – Chun Mei – to distinguish them from the earlier, inferior, forms. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Chun Mei became hugely popular in China, and to this day is the most commonly drunk green tea in the country.
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It is a nice tea but a bit too simple in taste when I compare it to other green teas that I like.
I tasted Chun Mei green tea for the first time last year (so the 2016 edition). The 2017 edition is about the same: very flavorful, very aromatic and very good tea! And I remembered not to steep it too long! I still love the aftertaste. Thank you TeaVivre!
Дуже сильно розкривається чай. Тому сипати в заварник потрібно зовсім трохи.
Уже пью этот чай. Сыплю немного заварки прямо в кружку. А потом завариваю несколько раз. 3-4 раза заваривается почти без потери вкуса. I'm already drinking this tea. I pour a little tea into the mug. And then I brew several times. I almost brewed for 3-4 times without the loss of taste.
Good tea , very good taste and aromatic
I made this tea gongfu style, in a glass teapot. This is a very distinctive green tea. I found it to be brothy, savory and strong, with an unusual lovely taste (plum?), a strong artichoke aroma and a sweet aftertaste. It does require very short steeping times. I made the mistake of making my first batch BEFORE reading the suggested brewing parameters… This green tea makes my A list, for its distinctive style.
I was looking for a cheaper daily drinker green, but definitively this is not my tea. Chopped leaves and harsh in the mouth. Just keep trying.
This tea is very good after meals. It's not my favourite, but given the price, it is certainly worth buying.
One of my daughter's favorite green teas, this has a briskness that makes it great to pair with food or to serve after a meal to clear the palate. The brisk sensation is followed by rising sweet aftertaste. Daughter would give it five stars, I give it four only because I am not an avid brisk tea drinker. The sweet aftertaste fascinates me, though, and I keep it around to serve with rich Asian style foods to cut through their inherent heaviness.
This tea has a distinctive flavor from other green teas I've tried. I enjoy it very much and could easily make it my every day tea. I do usually have a cup of Chun Mei every day. I'm not experienced enough to really pinpoint the flavors of the tea. All I know is that for me, it seems "spicy". I like it because it's not like any other green tea I've tried and I love the unusual flavor. I also love the price. I make sure I never run out of Chun Mei. I would really miss it.
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