This video continues where we left off in part one of this video cast series. Zhuping finishes her discussion of Jun Shan Yin Zhen as well as how to brew the tea.
A Little More on Jun Shan Yin Zhen, its Tea Maker, and the Process for Making It
Jun Shan Yin Zhen is grown in Yue Yang City on a Jun Shan Island in Hunan province on Dong Ting Lake. There is no name for the local bushes that reside there. Generally speaking, they are referred to as Qun Ti Zhong. The island is rather spacious and so half of the bushes are wild while the rest are cultivated by farmers who have worked the land for generations. The yellow tea maker who we get our tea from, Gao Xiao Zu, had been producing this tea (at the time of this video) for 40 years! When asked how he knows when the tea is complete, he stated that he knew it by look and smell. Because this tea is traditionally made by hand and not by machine, the oxidation process is judged by the tea maker. It is approximated, however, that the total amount of moisture remaining in the tea is about 8% or so. This would change every year since rainfall and climate would affect the leaves. Jun Shan Yin Zhen tea is known for its plucking standard of all tea buds. More rain would produce larger tea buds.
For your first infusion of this tea, don’t forget to drop the temperature a bit. In other words, don’t use boiling water! Let it rest for 2 minutes for the first infusion before enjoying your tea.
Where to Go From Here If You Want to Learn More
We have a page devoted entirely to learning about Jun Shan Yin Zhen. Please visit it here.