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Jade Needle


Jade Needle is our featured 2017 offering of a spring green from Yunnan Province.  This is an unusual varietal grown at a comparatively high altitude in eastern Jing Dong County, a rich tea-growing area of Simao Prefecture. Note the elegant, smaller side leaf.  It is processed using a method that is a cross between white and green teas.  This tea offers some of the wonderful flavors of early spring in Yunnan Province!

Why we selected this lot.  It is apparent the leaves were expertly processed.  Note the small fine hairs on the leaves are intact and add to its nuanced tastes.  The leaves are well shaped, uniform and rich in aroma and taste.

Interesting facts about this lot.  It is grown at a comparatively high elevation for a green tea harvested early in the spring cycle.  It is grown in Simao Prefecture in the Ai Lao mountain range. 

Taste profile. A light grassy and vegetal flavor is the initial taste.  The elegant leaves also yield hints of sugarcane.  Taste is very clean and lingers.

Brewing suggestions. Use a teaspoon of leaf for 8-12 ounces of water.  Best water temperature is 185 to 195 degrees F.  Steep for 2-3 minutes.

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Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.

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  1. Jade Needle Tea is good! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Jun 2018

    I was pleasantly surprised that Jade Needle tea tasted this good. It's one of your more reasonably priced teas, and I didn't expect such a great flavor. I will buy it again.

Silk Road Teas has received the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for their commitment to employ persons with disabilities. Silk Road Teas is committed to improving the quality of life for disabled persons, sharing the belief with ICS that business can substantively help people with disabilities achieve independent lives by providing jobs in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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...What sets Silk Road Teas apart from others is the Heagertys are using their success and new tea line as a way to give back to the community...

Gives Back They're amazing people and of course the product is phenomenal. We're so proud to be associated with them. In today's nonprofit world, truly the best things you can have are compatible, giving partners.

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