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drank Golden Needle King by Shang Tea
1190 tasting notes

Fantalicious and awesometastic. That’s this tea in a nutshell, really.

A short while ago I alluded to having been exposed to some really awesome customer service and I’ve been sitting on that story until I actually had some tea from the company in question. See, here’s the thing. I have been priviledged enough to have Steepster friends who have shared with me samples of Shang Tea’s products. Each and every one I’ve tried have impressed me. (This may have something to do with their teas being Fujian teas, which have I ever mentioned is my favourite tea producing area?) Anyway, it was only natural that I should go and look up their website, just on the off chance that shipping to Europe wouldn’t be horrible. There was a mention of a flat rate which sounded cool, but not about which area that covered.

So I sent them an email, asking about it and what it would cost to ship something to Denmark. Unfortunately their reply said something in the vicinity of $40… I coughed, hacked and resigned myself to the fact that I would have to use kindly disposed Steepsterites as middle men if I were to buy any of their stuff. This is the reason I have a tendency to not bother looking up American companies before automatically assuming them out of my reach. $40 was on the high end yes, but in general American companies who can ship at a for me reasonable shipping fee are few and far between. No tea is good enough for me to want to pay more than $15 for shipping as the very most.

Time passed. I got over it. I forgot about it. Then one morning I woke up to an email from Shang Tea saying ‘o hai, in response to your previous question two months ago, we looked into it and can now offer you shipping at around $13 dollars to Denmark. Would you like to buy some tea? Email order, paypal money and so on and so forth.’ Or something to that effect.

That was quite a shipping fee difference! And just the fact that they answered my question and still proceeded, without my begging or prompting or wheedling or anything, to see if they couldn’t do me one better. I’m very impressed with this, and I’m going to come back for more if they will let me shop that way again. (The order form on their site wouldn’t accept a non-American address).

I picked up the package yesterday from the post office and have tinned two of them this morning. There are still two other pouches in there that I’m not allowed to open until I’ve freed up tins, but I can deal with that.

And that is how I came to share a pot of Golden Needle King with the boyfriend this morning. Isn’t this just a wonderful tea? It’s all smooth and slippery and dark in flavour. It’s almost ever so slightly milky. Lots and lots of that Fujian-ness that makes it my favourite area. Grainy with dark fruity and spicy notes to it. Lots of cocoa notes as well and a caramel-like aftertaste.

Steepsterites, go try this one out for yourselves. I implore you. It’s pricy, but you will NOT regret it. And on the off-chance that you do, feel free to punish me for leading you astray by making me use up the rest of your leaves. :)

ScottTeaMan

I’m glad you got such a nice surprise withe reasonable shipping and a great tea!

wombatgirl

Seriously, the gentleman who owns this shop is really nice. This story warms my heart, but does not surprise me. They’re just a good place. :)

Jenn

I love it when a proprietor cares more about sharing their product, and creating a happy, loyal customer base than their own bottom line. Yay for the power of good tea!

The Seattle Tea Snob

Well your a good sales person, you’ve sold me and now they are on my list of teas to buy this month, probably pick up fifty grams of the Golden Needle King so if you’ve led me astray I’m going to be very put out. :)

But smooth and slippery? really now? :P

wombatgirl

BTW – I was at the store this last weekend, and we talked about you. I got to tea geek out with one of the lovely people who works there, and try lots of new teas (have you tried their Pao Blossom…. Me Likey!!) He does read our reviews BTW. (Not the owner guy, but the other lovely gentleman, whose name I’ve completely forgotten… oops!)

Angrboda

Wombatgirl, yes I’ve had a sample of it. It’s not very often that I find a white or green that I really like, usually they’re just nice and some more nice than others. Furthermore I’m not a big fan of floral scented, it frequently winds up tasting like soap or perfume to me. So it was quite a suprise to me how much I actually enjoyed the Pao Blossom. I looked it up just now and I gave i 89 points. I thought it had some strong notes of grapefruits to it, but the aroma was rather overwhelming, if not, with my reservations towards floral scented, downright stinky.

Nicole

Shang is just a super guy. Truly knows his tea and really cares about his customers as well as his products. I have not had a tea from Shang Tea that I didn’t like, even the whites that aren’t normally my thing.

My mother and I discovered the shop last Christmas. Shang spent probably 20 minutes with us, cupping teas for us to taste and explaining about his tea plantation, how they harvest and cure for the different kinds of teas. Even if his teas weren’t simply the best I’ve had, I’d still go back, simply because of that personal touch.

Golden Needle King is fabulous. Smooth and slippery is a perfect description.

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ScottTeaMan

I’m glad you got such a nice surprise withe reasonable shipping and a great tea!

wombatgirl

Seriously, the gentleman who owns this shop is really nice. This story warms my heart, but does not surprise me. They’re just a good place. :)

Jenn

I love it when a proprietor cares more about sharing their product, and creating a happy, loyal customer base than their own bottom line. Yay for the power of good tea!

The Seattle Tea Snob

Well your a good sales person, you’ve sold me and now they are on my list of teas to buy this month, probably pick up fifty grams of the Golden Needle King so if you’ve led me astray I’m going to be very put out. :)

But smooth and slippery? really now? :P

wombatgirl

BTW – I was at the store this last weekend, and we talked about you. I got to tea geek out with one of the lovely people who works there, and try lots of new teas (have you tried their Pao Blossom…. Me Likey!!) He does read our reviews BTW. (Not the owner guy, but the other lovely gentleman, whose name I’ve completely forgotten… oops!)

Angrboda

Wombatgirl, yes I’ve had a sample of it. It’s not very often that I find a white or green that I really like, usually they’re just nice and some more nice than others. Furthermore I’m not a big fan of floral scented, it frequently winds up tasting like soap or perfume to me. So it was quite a suprise to me how much I actually enjoyed the Pao Blossom. I looked it up just now and I gave i 89 points. I thought it had some strong notes of grapefruits to it, but the aroma was rather overwhelming, if not, with my reservations towards floral scented, downright stinky.

Nicole

Shang is just a super guy. Truly knows his tea and really cares about his customers as well as his products. I have not had a tea from Shang Tea that I didn’t like, even the whites that aren’t normally my thing.

My mother and I discovered the shop last Christmas. Shang spent probably 20 minutes with us, cupping teas for us to taste and explaining about his tea plantation, how they harvest and cure for the different kinds of teas. Even if his teas weren’t simply the best I’ve had, I’d still go back, simply because of that personal touch.

Golden Needle King is fabulous. Smooth and slippery is a perfect description.

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

Angrboda is almost always open to swapping. Just ask her. Due to the nature of the queue, however, and the fact that it’s some 24 pages long at the moment, it may take a good while from she receives your parcel and until she actually posts about it.

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Bio last updated February 2014

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