Golden Needle - Jin Zhen - Organic

Organically grown, elegant leaves open to unusually sweet flavors.

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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    Just okay

    Posted by Natalie Gunawan on 25th Apr 2018

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

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    Golden Needle

    Posted by Erik Joski 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.