Fujian Golden Needles - Jinzhen Youji - Limited Harvest

Regular price $9.50

Style: Black

Origin: Fujian Province, China

Description: An early spring harvest of fine grade leaf and bud coupled with generations of skillful craftsmanship results in this sublimely aromatic tea. Grown in gardens greater than 300 years old, the way this tea is hand-processed transforms the spring plucked leaves into the long, delicate and prominent needle shapes that this tea is named for. Once steeped, the aroma is seductively sweet and has a complexity that high-quality Chinese black teas are known for.

Tasting Notes: A mild green woodsy scent first meets the nose, reminiscent of a handful of combined pine, fir and cedar needles collected from different forest trees. The steep is lush and crisp with a pleasant gently layered astringency and ever so slight hint of dry sour. A flavour of earthy depth with a light linger of roasted stone-fruit is smooth on the tongue. This tea is full-bodied to the last sip, a reflection of the early harvest window.

Brewing Instructions: 2g per cup. 90-100ºC water. Steep 2-3 minutes. This tea lends well to Gong Fu style brewing. Leaves will offer 2-3 steeps.


China has a rich and ancient tradition of producing high quality teas of all varieties, and black tea is no exception. This is where tea culture and industry, as we know it, began nearly 2,000 years ago.

Known as ‘Red Tea’ in China, the tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis sinensis plant are smaller and finer than their Indian counterparts, the Camellia sinensis assamica, and prefer cooler mountainous regions. Usually plucked by hand and gently processed, the end result are exquisitely fragrant teas with lesser levels of astringency and a soft body.

Several Chinese provinces are famous for their regional tea selections: Fujian Province is home to the well-known, pine-smoked Lapsang Souchong, while Keemun tea, the official choice of the British Queen, is produced in Anhui Province. Yunnan province produces the ever-popular varieties of Yunnan black tea and is also the region where China started its tea cultivation.

The organic teas we import are artisanally farmed and crafted. They may change with each harvest season. The same tea harvested at a different time of year and processed by a different tea maker will vary slightly in flavour and finish.

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