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Golden Needle - Jin Zhen


Golden Needle is one of the highest grades of Chinese black teas.  Skillfully crafted to shiny, thin black leaves that will open to release sweet flavors and aromas.  Our lot is produced along the coast of Fujian Province.  This area, Panyong, has a long and rich history in the production of high quality Fujianese black teas.  Tea has been grown to EU Standard.  It was harvested in 2016.

Why we selected this particular lot.  The leaf appearance and aroma suggests the delicious flavors that the leaves will yield with steeping.  The tea is also cultivated to EU Standards. In tasting, we found this lot offers a full-bodied taste reminiscent of years past when this tea was more widely produced.

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.  These leaves 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. 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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Ceres Community Project builds healthy communities by restoring locally-grown organic whole food to its place as the foundation of health and creating heart centered ways for people to connect.

Ceres teaches teens to grow, cook and eat healthy whole foods and provides nourishing meals, nutrition education and a community of support for people facing cancer and other serious illnesses. www.ceresproject.org

Read the recent article in the Marin IJ: Silk Road Teas gives back

...What sets Silk Road Teas apart from others is the Heagertys are using their success and new tea line as a way to give back to the community...

Gives Back They're amazing people and of course the product is phenomenal. We're so proud to be associated with them. In today's nonprofit world, truly the best things you can have are compatible, giving partners.

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


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