Golden Needle Premium

A Black Tea from


86 / 100

Calculated from 7 Ratings
Tea type
Black Tea
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Baked Bread, Cocoa, Hay, Honey, Malt, Smooth, Sweet Potatoes
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Typical Preparation
Use 8 oz / 236 ml of water
Set water temperature to 205 °F / 96 °C
Steep for 2 min, 45 sec
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“This was my morning tea…well whatever passes for my morning after staying up all night and getting a 3? hours nap. Still enjoying this one quite a bit but with all the varieties of black teas that...” Read full tasting note
“Sipdown, 116. This is a really nice Yunnan black tea. Sweet potatoes, honey, a bit of hay, but not too much earthiness, which always turns me off. A tasty tea for the morning.” Read full tasting note
“I have had Golden Needle on my “To Buy” list every time I have made a Mandala order and always ended up picking something else. I am regretting that now in a seriously bad way. It was included as a...” Read full tasting note
“I have so little to compare this with, mostly being a green/oolong girl. But a guest coming in a couple weeks drinks copious amounts of black tea, so naturally I had to investigate as many as I...” Read full tasting note


These slender spring buds manifest as beautiful golden needles when dried and provide rich orange liquor with a complex malty sweet flavor.

Black tea is produced by fully oxidizing a tea leaf once it has been picked. It is a heartier tea and should be steeped with higher temperature water. You will likely enjoy doing only a few longer steepings, but black tea can be prepared Gong Fu style.

Golden Needle is particularly suited for excellent Gong Fu brewing!

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