Golden Needle - Jinzhen youji

Organic, elegant, malty & sweet
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Jīnzhēn yǒujī 有机
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Loose leaf

Golden Needle is one of a small group of what are classed as higher-grade black teas of Fujian Province. Organically grown, skillfully crafted, early-spring 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 grown in the coastal mountain area of Fu An, in Fujian Province. This area has a long and rich history in the production of high-quality black teas.  Harvested April 2022.

Lot Notes. The leaf appearance and aroma suggested delicious flavors as there is nice blend of richly colored black leaves and a smattering of gold buds. This is the more traditional style of Fujianese golden needle but grown organically. 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. Seductively sweet and full-bodied, with an aroma that is chocolaty and malty. Steeps to a bright, clear red color.  Flavors are nuanced and rich; finish is warming and, of course, sweet.

Brewing Suggestions. Use water between 195 and 205 F. Use 3 grams (teaspoon) for 6-8 ounces of water. Steep 2-3 minutes. Drain all the water from the leaves between infusions and they will yield multiple steeps.

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