Any of you who’ve seen my other updates regarding Golden Needles, Gold Buds, or – hell – anything with the word “gold” in it will know where this is going. This was the most perfect of the perfect. Smooth and creamy, honey-like, malty, nectarine-rich, and basic Midas-touched excellence. If I have any gripe, it’s that I think I brewed it too light. Even with that personal snag, though, it turned out majestic. This was Christ-on-a-pogo-stick perfect.
Organic Yunnan Golden Needle
High-altitude-grown Golden Needle Yunnan is considered to be one of the finest teas in the world. Ours is completely composed of big, downy, almost fluffy leaves in strawberry blond, copper and French grey. The delightful dry leaf aroma is woody and lightly floral, with a hint of chocolate.
The brew’s deep caramel color hints at its bold aromas of drying tobacco, wildflower honey and blond woods. Its honey-sweet flavor is full-bodied, round and brimming with smooth notes of apple blossoms, apricots, buttery, baked yams and chocolate. The long-lasting aftertaste has exquisite notes of tobacco and bittersweet chocolate.
Like any true “self drinker,” this lusciously rich, fantastically nuanced tea is at its pinnacle when drunk without milk or sugar. It is a personal favorite of Randy, American Tea Room’s co-founder, and one of our store’s best-selling teas.
This tea is certified USDA organic.