Jin Kong Que (Golden Peacock)

Black Tea 2019

This handmade black tea has a rich, sweet flavor and a roasted yam aroma, without even a hint of bitterness.

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Tea Origin
Fengqing County, Yunnan Province, China

Tea Bush
Yunnan Big Leaves Tea Tree

Harvest Time
early April

Picking Standard
one bud, one tender leaf

Our Jin Kong Que (Golden Peacock) comes from Fengqing County in Yunnan Province. This handmade black tea has a rich, sweet flavor and a roasted yam aroma, without even a hint of bitterness. It is less expensive than our Golden Buds, but is still an excellent example of a unique and complex high-end black tea. The name “Golden Peacock” comes from the Dai (Thai) people, who frequently grow and pick tea in their mountain gardens and cherish the peacock as their lucky animal. There are many minority groups like the Dai living in this region, each with their own unique culture. However, they all share a great respect for tea.

Origin

Yunnan Province began producing black tea in 1939. The Chinese wanted to move the business of exporting of tea out of the east coast of China (then occupied by the Japanese Army) to the border of Burma in Yunnan. Two accomplished tea masters, Feng Shao Qiu and Fan He Jun went to Yunnan to research the area for tea cultivation. They found that Feng Qing County in southwest Yunnan was an ideal place to start producing good quality tea. The rich red soil in this area was high in nutrients and already growing a good number of tea bushes. They set up a factory and began to produce a large amount of tea.

Fengqing County is also home to a famously old tea tree called “Xiang Zhu Qing Cha Zu” which still stands today.  It is the largest and thickest tea tree ever discovered. Estimated to be 3200 years old, the tree exists under national protection because of its botanical significance. The diameter of the trunk of 1.84 meters thick, or 6.04 feet!

No chemical fertilizer, pesticide, or herbicide was used in the production of this tea. Click here to read more about our promise to fair trade and the environment.

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Jin Kong Que (Golden Peacock) 2019 brewing guidelines

Teaware: 12 oz. glass, porcelain, or yi xing clay pot
Amount: 1 ½ Tbs of tea leaves
Water: boiling filtered water
Infusion: First infusion at least 1 ½ minutes. The leaves are good for 6 infusions. Add a little more time for each subsequent infusion.