Golden Needle (Gin Zhen)

Tea type
Black Tea
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Flavors
Baked Bread, Malt, Raisins, Smoke
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “Sipdown! I am all done with this one, but would certainly consider getting more. Drinking it plain today since I'm all out of soymilk. Looking forward to an all day meditation retreat tomorrow!...” Read full tasting note
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    amyoh2 2339 tasting notes
  • “The dry tea is little tiny tiny black twisty threads with golden ones mixed in and it smells like hay or straw. The liquor smells very different, like sweet raisin bread. It is a dark colored...” Read full tasting note
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    Lee 223 tasting notes

From Silk Road Teas

Our traditionally grown lot, this Golden Needle style is becoming increasingly rare in China. Leaves are crafted to elegant, thin needle shapes mixed with golden buds make this tea a classic. Skilled processing and shaping of the leaf has created a delicate aroma. When steeped, it opens to a full-bodied sweet and malty flavor with a cup that is a bright red color.

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Sipdown!
I am all done with this one, but would certainly consider getting more. Drinking it plain today since I’m all out of soymilk. Looking forward to an all day meditation retreat tomorrow!

Update: I iced the remainder I had and this makes a really good iced tea with a teaspoon of sugar.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Scott B

sounds very monk-like

TeaBrat

well, it’s only one day. :)

Garret

Amy… when I was in Kunming in April, I sat with Ned (who owns Silk Road Teas) for hours sipping tea and having wonderful conversation. He is a very genuine and sweet man. So grateful to have had the opportunity to share tea with him. Great guy.

Have a great meditation retreat tomorrow! I will be doing the same exact thing! It’s my Saturday thang. Fasting, qigong, meditation all day long. Thanks for being willing to do the work, sister!! The whole planet is better off because of it!

Garret

Oh, and I forgot that a few silent gongfu cha sessions will be interspersed in there, too! My new “Heart of the Old Tree” sheng and my new “Wild Monk” sheng will be the teas du jour!! One very heart opening and one very grounding!

TeaBrat

I wish I could bring some tea with me to my daylong! Maybe in a thermos…

Scott B

I would think they’d have some tea there at an all day event of that type.

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The dry tea is little tiny tiny black twisty threads with golden ones mixed in and it smells like hay or straw.
The liquor smells very different, like sweet raisin bread. It is a dark colored liquor that you can’t see through.
The flavor is smooth, rich, and malty. Though there is a sweet scent, the tea is not that sweet tasting to me. There is no bitterness or astringency. Very good.
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7/9/14
Tried a bit of this Gong Fu style today,,,,8 oz porcelain gong fu pot, 190F 15" infusions.
Liquor is a beautiful color, auburn orange clear jewel.
Wet leaves are cut and chopped. Smoky scent.
In the flavor, I was catching just smoke today. It gets better as it cools, but no sweetness and a bit one note really, just smoky.
It may be better served the way I first brewed it, Western style,,,, or I might do longer infusions gong fu style to see if I can pull different flavors from it.
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7/15/14
Gong Fu today at 175F and this is still very smoky and one note. I usually believe Gong Fu is the best method for all tea but this one might be better Western style.
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7/26/14
Having this one today, Western style in a new cup size teapot with huge infuser, the same size as the pot. I am loving these teapots (I got 3) bc they really let the leaves open up and I am now brewing by the single cup so I can have more of a variety of tea during the day. When I was brewing in my other Western teapots that house 2 cups,,,,I was brewing a pot of tea and the infuser wasn’t reaching throughout the entire pot like my new little cup size ones are. I got them on Amazon, they are Hario glass teapots and they are the bomb!!!!!
As a result,,,,this tea is awesome today. Very sweet and mild. I brewed at 190F for 3 minutes. It has a beautiful red auburn liquor with malt and bourbon scent. The flavor is malt, molasses, smoke, raisin pie,,,yumm.
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7/27/14
Having again this morning!!!! Smoke, malt, honey, raisin. Smoke is dominant for me this morning….maybe taste buds are working the smoky side more today lol

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt, Raisins, Smoke

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

sounds delicious!

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