I love this tea. There is something special about it. It has a rich smoothness that reminds me of caramel and a hint of smokiness.
Made in the tradition of classic needle-shaped teas from Northern Fujian Province, this lot is unusual in appearance and flavor. Tea makers in the Panyang area, have long produced famed, wonderful black teas of which the needle shape is but one. Working with processing methods and taste profiles honed over many, many years, the styles of the Golden Needle class are numerous. In this case, we found a lot of a less well-known leaf-shape offering cocoa and roasted fruit tastes.
It started with the color and size of the leaves. Leaves are long, flat, black and golden brown. Pluck is primarily the top two leaves and a bud. Aroma is sweet, like straw but rich. Given the date of the lot’s harvest and the leaf pluck, we felt this tea would offer a new taste opportunity. tea was harvested second week of April 2021.
This lot was grown in Northern Fujian Province in the famous Panyang area. Tea gardens in this area were established more than 300 years ago. This style of Golden Needle is not common and perhaps its presence in the market once again reflects the growing demand for black tea in China’s domestic market. Pluck is two leaves and a bud.
Plucked early in the harvest window, the leaves offer a full-bodied flavor. We find it cups lush & sweet, filling the mouth with wet, fruity notes hints of apricots. The finish is quite nice, smooth and lingering! This style of black tea ages does well in holding body & flavors with aging.
Brewing suggestions. We suggest 3 grams per 8 ounces of water at a temperature right up to 205 degrees F. Steep for 2-3 minutes and taste. The flavors gradually grow on the palate. Leaves will offer 2-3 steeps.