Super premium loose leaf black tea with mostly golden tips.
It's an open secret that true tea lovers have a taste for the bitter in food and drink. For many, it's a sort of rite of passage: passing from childish obsession with sweets into the adult world of coffee, black licorice, bleu cheese, wine, and more. The wonder of a tea like Yunnan Black Needles is that its bitterness is not the primary flavor or the focal point but merely a backdrop against a fullness and color that fill out the tapestry of flavor. Indeed astringency is all but absent in most preparations of this provincial gourmet. So tea lovers and novices alike will find reason to praise this sweet, delicate tea whose airy aromas tend towards the chocoloaty and the sublime.
Cultured in very high altitudes of the Yunnan Province, the famous “golden-tipped” needles of this black tea are harvested via a special process that usually includes hand roasting and other techniques that ensure the gentle flavor. A well-bred Yunnan Black Needles is distinct in its sweetness and lightly rich quality, and can be instantly identified by a knowing nose or throat.
The tea's health benefits extended beyond its ordinary cultivators to the royal family who is rumored to have had the special blend delivered, dried and ready for preparation. Easy on the body, Yunnan Black Needs soothes the stomach and clears the mind, seemingly carrying with it the fresh and crisp mountain air in which it grows.
Enjoy Yunnan Black Needles hot as you start your day or reflect on its events in the afternoon or evening. Or ice it for a singular cooling experience with this already lightly sweet tea.
Base leaf: Black.
Health properties: Stomach and digestion aide. Reported concentration stimulant.
Flavor strength: Airy, sweet, mild.
Primary collection is fruit or cocoa sweetness over black. Caffeine: Mild.
We generally ship via US Postal Service first class or priority mail This service can be a quick as overnight and up to 3 days in the lower 48. They even deliver on Saturdays. For 9 ounces and up the postage is $4.99 - a great value considering the price of gas and your valuable time. Since most teas are $3.50 an ounce, 10 ounces of tea will get you free shipping.
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1 teaspoon per 8 oz of water. Fluffy leaves like some Oolongs, use 2 teaspoons. For stronger tea use more tea.
There is no hard and fast rules on steeping except over steeping may make tea bitter. If you are unsure, try cooler water and shorter steeping times.
Below are general steeping instructions. For best results, follow the steeping instructions that came with your tea.
To estimate water temperature use a thermometer or wait a 2-3 minutes after the water stops boiling. Then the water temperature should be about 165- 185 F. You can gauge water temperature by looking at the bubbles forming at the bottom of the tea kettle. When pin size bubbles form, the water temperature is about 185F. To take the guess work out of water temperatures, try our electric tea kettle.
|Tea Type||Steeping Temperature||Steeping Time|
|White Tea||170-185 F||1-3 minutes|
|Green Tea||170-185 F||2-3 minutes|
|Oolong Tea||170-190 F||2-3 minutes|
|Black Tea||200-212 F||3-5 minutes|
|Tisanes||212 F||4-7 minutes|
Fruit and herbal teas are also referred to as tisanes.