Golden Needle - Jinzhen youji

Organic, elegant, malty & sweet

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 2021.

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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Jīnzhēn yǒujī 有机
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  • 2
    Not for Me, Too Malty.

    Posted by Jennifer Leddy on 28th Nov 2021

    There is nothing wrong with this tea, it is just not for me. This is exceptionally malty; it smells like a beer mash and tastes like wort. I used to brew beer and always hated the smell and taste of the wort so this tea was an immediate turn-off for me. The taste and aromas beyond the malt were quite pleasing. I just couldn't get past the intense maltiness. If you like a very malty tea you will LOVE this.

  • 5
    Golden Needle Organic

    Posted by Mark King on 8th Jun 2019

    Beautiful tea, silky needle leaves, wonderful aroma.

  • 2
    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?

  • 4
    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.