Organic Green Needles
Green Needles, known as “Lu Zhen,” is the most famous green tea from the Xuan En Yulu Organic Fair Trade Tea Association in Hubei, China. This grade of Organic Green Needles was made in early April of 2009 during the Qing Ming harvest season. Green Needles is noted for its brisk, energizing character and artisanal hand-shaped appearance. Composed of one leaf and a bud, this tea has a superb balance of freshness and brisk bittersweetness. This tea is made by roasting after withering and the final drying temperature is a bit higher than for the steamed type of Green Needle. The result is a darker, forest green leaf with a heightened nutty and roasted aroma. This type of Green Needle is prized for its strength and complex aroma which is accented by some faint fruit notes and complex roasted nutty aromas. It is very invigorating and reminds one of how exquisite fresh spring tea can be.
Use a porcelain guywan, glass teapot or a Ho-hin. Infuse 1 tablespoon per 5–6 ounces of water. Use 180˚F water. Infuse the first and second infusion for 3–4 minutes and all subsequent infusions for 5 minutes. We also suggest to try this tea brewed a bit stronger, using 2 tablespoons and shorter infusion times. / Ingredients: Organic Fair Trade Certified™ green tea. / Origin: Hubei, China.