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Last Updated: Mar. 12, 2014 

About Chun Mee

Loose-leaf chun mee, precious eyebrows green tea, showing wiry shapeLoose leaf chun mee, showing the typical curved shape, suggestive of eyebrows.
Chun mee(珍眉), also spelled zhen mei or sometimes chun mei, meaning precious eyebrows, is a style of Chinese green tea. Chun mee is the highest grade of young hyson green tea, but still tends to be relative inexpensive.

Chun mee tends to have a brisk flavor, sour and not very sweet. Many, but not all examples of this tea have a light to moderate smokiness, much less than most gunpowder green tea. High-quality chun mee can exhibit fruity or floral tones in their aroma.

Chun mee is pan-fired like most Chinese green teas. The leaf tends to have a grayish color and a lightly-curved shape, suggestive of eyebrows, hence the tea's name.

This variety is grown in many provinces of China, including Jiangxi, Zhejiang, and others; it is also produced outside of China, including in Darjeeling, India.

Preparation and Brewing

Chun mee is more easily oversteeped than some types of green tea. As with many green teas, but more noticeably with this type, it is especially important to make sure that the temperature of the water is not too hot, and the steeping time is not too long. Even high quality Chun mee tea can become acidic and astringent to the point of being undrinkable if it is brewed with water that is too hot.

Chun mee can be a good tea to choose as a base for blending with mint, to prepare Moroccan mint tea or a similar blend.

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Chun Mee from Harney and Sons

Style: Chun Mee – Region: China
Apr. 5th, 2017

Enjoyable but not amazing, not really standing out much among this style of tea. Smoother and less acidic than the norm for chun mee, but also perhaps a bit more boring too.

The dry leaf has a dusty vegetal aroma, slightly smoky, with a few sweet notes, kind of what I'd expect from this type of tea.

Brewed, this...

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73 / 100
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This was my first loose tea from Foojoy, and I was rather pleased. A good solid green that is both inexpensive and has good flavor. Although I had seen Foojoy loose teas in their tins at my local Asian market, I had never tried any since I was not ready to take a chance on about $9.50 for 8 ounces; a very good price, b...

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67 / 100
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Chun Mee Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Chun Mee – Region: China
Apr. 24th, 2013

A classic chun mee, pretty much what I'd expect for this type of tea.

Somewhat broken leaf, with a strong refreshing aroma, brews a dark cup. Dry leaf is very aromatic, smelling herbaceous and almost minty.

Aroma of the brewed cup is suggestive of gingerbread and fresh herbs. This tea is tangy, but it's not the...

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70 / 100
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This struck me as an average-quality chun mee (precious eyebrows) green tea for a very low price. Not the best tea of its type that I've sampled, but certainly the best at this price point.

I bought this tea in a Square tin for the pretty low price of $8 for 8 ounces, which seemed outright cheap to me.

The cup i...

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73 / 100
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522 China Chun Mee Organic from SpecialTeas

Style: Chun Mee – Region: China
Jan. 14th, 2013

I never thought I'd get yet another opportunity to sample more loose-leaf tea from SpecialTeas, but one of my friends had a sealed packet of this tea and I was able to brew it up.

I must say, it stored very well and tasted very fresh.

As the commercial description suggests, this tea has a plum-like flavor. It is...

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Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Chun Mee
Region:Huangshan, Anhui, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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Brand:Foojoy
Style:Chun Mee
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
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Style:Chun Mee
Region:China
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Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Chun Mee
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Chun Mee
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating

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