2012 Huron Gold Needle Shou Pu-erh

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88 / 100

Calculated from 14 Ratings
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Pu-erh Tea
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Cocoa, Cream, Mineral, Moss, Forest Floor, Chocolate, Earth, Smooth, Creamy, Sweet, Mushrooms
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Typical Preparation
Use 6 oz / 172 ml of water
Set water temperature to 205 °F / 96 °C
Use 5 g of tea
Steep for 1 min, 30 sec
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“We started drinking this late last night. We are moving youngest into her own room this week and it involves painting (including the ceiling – what a pain in the neck!) and finding a home for all...” Read full tasting note
“Seems like people have waxed poetic about this shou – I see the appeal but I’m maybe too new to shou (shoubie?) to pick up on what’s described as cocoa and mushroom. I do detect: minerals like...” Read full tasting note
“Sipdown (128)! This is a special note… It’s my 3333th Tasting Note! What a fun number! I chose this tea to write about for that tasting note for a couple reasons. Firstly, it’s definitely a more...” Read full tasting note
“Thank you for the sample Brenden!! The pretty gold leaves went into my infuser with an earthy aroma of creamy dark cocoa and a hint of fruit. This translates well into the taste as well. The...” Read full tasting note


A beautiful pu-erh that was produced in Xishuangbanna province but stored away from the intense aging conditions there after production. All of the rough earthyness has faded already and this shu shows great potential for further aging. This high-grade loose shu pu-erh was an exciting find. Gold needle grade generally accounts for less than 0.5% of a fermentation batch, and is usually used sparingly to smooth out blends before pressing. Finding loose gold needle grade shu pu-erh is exceedingly difficult because of this.

Our Huron Gold Needle is the silkiest tea we have ever tasted. It feels at though there isn’t even tea in your mouth, and the flavors are being magically transported by a thick, weightless warm air. It floats across the tongue and down the throat on a carpet of moss, cocoa, and sweet fruit with a lasting creamy warmth in the aftertaste.


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