Golden Needle -Jin Zhen

Sweet fruity notes & cocao
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Jin Zhen
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Main Flavor Profile:
Loose leaf

Made in the tradition of classic needle-shaped teas from Northern Fujian Province, this lot is unusual in appearance and flavor. Tea makers working with methods of processing and taste profiles refined honed over amny years, the styles of Golden Needle are numerous. In this case, we found a lot of a less well-known leaf-shape offering cocoa and roasted fruit tastes.

Lot Notes. It started with the color and size of the leaves. Pluck is primarily the top two leaves and a bud. Aroma is sweet, like straw but rich. Given the date of the lot’s harvest and the leaf pluck, we felt this tea would offer a great taste opportunity. Tea was harvested April 2023. Lot #6.

Tea Facts. This lot was grown in Northern Fujian Province in the famous Panyang area. Tea gardens in this area were established more than 300 years ago. This style of Golden Needle is not common and perhaps its presence in the market once again reflects the growing demand for black tea in China’s domestic market. Pluck is two leaves and a bud. 

Tasting Notes. Plucked early in the harvest window, the leaves offer a full-bodied flavor. We find it cups lush & sweet, filling the mouth with wet, fruity notes hints of apricots. The finish is quite nice, smooth and lingering!  

Brewing suggestions. We suggest 3 grams per 6-8 ounces of water at a temperature right up to 205 degrees F. Steep for 2-3 minutes and taste. The flavors gradually grow on the palate. Leaves will offer 2-3 steeps.

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