Green Silver Needle (Shenya Yinzhen)
A rare and savory, elegant green tea made with early harvest buds. The leaf appearance is a rich green color with some light, white spotting. Note the name "Yin Zhen" as it is also made from early-pick, needle-shaped buds similar to the more widely known "Silver Needle". Made with a thick, carefully shaped bud, it has become increasingly difficult to source as it is available only for a very brief period and the China domestic market accounts for most of the crop. This tea is traditional to Fujian Province and grown at higher elevations. Our 2013 lot is a Pre-Qing Ming pick (first pluck) and the result is a very clean and naturally sweet cup. This lot offers a wonderful tension between the sweet notes and an underlying astringency. Lot # 1
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A strong, savory tea, offers a wonderful tension between natural sweetness and astringency.
First pluck, pre-Qing Ming lot.