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Golden Needle - Jin Zhen - Organic


Golden Needle is one of a small group of what are classed as higher-grade black teas of Fujian Province.  Skillfully crafted, early-spring pick leaves once processed appear shiny and thin and, with steeping open to release unusually sweet flavors and aromas.  Cup color is a robust red.  Our lot is organically grown in the coastal mountains of Fujian Province.  This area has a long and rich history in the production of high-quality black teas.  Tea is certified organic and was harvested in April of 2017.

Why we selected this particular lot.  The leaf appearance and aroma suggested delicious flavors as there is nice blend of healthy looking black leaves and a smattering of gold buds.  We make every attempt to support organically grown teas so this fact plus its flavor profile made the selection easy.   In tasting, we found this lot offers a full-bodied taste that is reminiscent of years past when this tea was more widely produced and conveyed stronger aromas and flavors.

Taste profile. Full-bodied and seductively sweet, this tea offers an aroma that is chocolaty and malty. It will cup to a bright, clear red color that well exemplifies the skill of the tea maker in finishing this tea. 

Brewing suggestions.  Use water between 195 and 205 F.  Three grams or a level tablespoon should make 8-12 ounces.  Steep 2-3 minutes.  Drain all the water from the leaves between infusions and they will yield multiple steeps.


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Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.

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Cups to a deep, amber colored liquor, seductively sweet taste.

Golden Needle is a labor intensive tea to process; requires select skills.

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  1. Just okay 2 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Apr 2018

    Not really loving this tea. I purchased 1/4 lbs and don't know what to do with the rest?

  2. Golden Needle 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Mar 2017

    This is my first time trying this tea. Upon first smell this tea has a very grassy scent. When steeped the liquid is a reddish gold color. It has a light, clean taste. Good for an everyday tea, and would go well with any food.

Silk Road Teas has received the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for their commitment to employ persons with disabilities. Silk Road Teas is committed to improving the quality of life for disabled persons, sharing the belief with ICS that business can substantively help people with disabilities achieve independent lives by providing jobs in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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Our tea boxesare hand packaged by an adult with disabilities. Silk Road Teas remains committed to creating opportunity and jobs in our community.

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Julie Burford, Program Manager and Founder of the Ceres Community Project of Marin.


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