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Green Silver Needle (Shenya Yinzhen)


A comparatively rare spring green tea offering made with early harvest buds.   Similar in name to the famous Silver Needle (YinZhen), Green Silver Needle is consumed more widely in China than in export markets such as the U.S.  One will note its leaf is a rich, green color marked with white spotting.  It is made from early-pick, needle-shaped buds that are thick, larger in length yet its needle shape is carefully maintained.  A traditional spring green tea offering, it has become increasingly difficult to source as it is available only for a very brief period and the China domestic market avidly consumes most of the crop.  Lot # 1.

Interesting facts about this tea.   Not often found outside China as the domestic market consumes most the harvest.  Like its better known Silver Needle, the harvest is small and short in duration.  This tea is traditional to Fujian Province and grown at higher elevations of about 600-800 meters.

Taste profile.  Our lot is a Pre-Qing Ming (first pluck) and the result is a very clean and naturally sweet cup.  This lot offers soft savory flavors.  A sweet note will linger with its finish.  It is a wonderful tea to enjoy in the afternoon.

Brewing suggestions.  Use approximately 3 grams or a tablespoon of leaf for 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature of 185-195 degrees F.  Steep for 2-3 minutes and taste.     

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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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A strong, savory tea, offers a wonderful tension between natural sweetness and astringency.  

First pluck, pre-Qing Ming lot.   

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  1. Surprise tea 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Feb 2017

    Love silver needle and thought this might be good even though green. Outstanding the first time and steeping 30 seconds less the second try made it even better.

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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