Golden Needle Tea
Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
Golden Needle Tea is grown, harvested and produced in the Yunnan province of China. It consists of long, dark leaves with golden tips and offers a deep, enticing aroma combined with floral notes. This is Black Tea of the finest quality. And better still, there are benefits to be had from consuming Golden Needle Tea. When combined with a healthy and active lifestyle, this wonderful brew can promote the immune system, boost the metabolism, improve cardiovascular health, and even reduce the risks of developing Type II Diabetes.
Ultimately, Golden Needle Tea has character, has potential, has everything you’d expect from your morning cup of tea and so much more. So, what are you waiting for? Try Golden Needle Tea today and never look back. We are certain that, upon your first sip, you will have found your new favourite Black Tea.
China is the home of tea. The Yunnan province, in particular, creates some of the best teas in the world. Tea has been grown in the region for more than 1,700 years, although it is best known for Green Tea. However, in recent times the province has explored Black Tea production as well. And it is growing with each passing year.
Yunnan borders upon Sichuan, Guizhou, Guangxi and Tibet, and neighbours Burma, Laos, and Vietnam. It has very similar climatic and geographical conditions as Assam in northeast India which, in turn, makes for great tea-growing. One of the most famous teas to originate from the region is Pu’erh Tea, while other Yunnan Black Teas, such as this one, are gradually gaining popularity.
The Yunnan province was first scouted for its Black Tea production potential during the 1930’s, in the wake of the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945). It was considered an asset to the country soon after as in the southeast of China, many tea-growing provinces had become war zones. A pioneer of Yunnan’s Black Tea Industry was Feng Shao Qiu, who travelled to the province along with his colleague, Zheng Hechun, in mid-October 1938 as a representative of the China Tea Corporation.
Feng and Zheng first took a three-day steam train to Xiaguan and from there they walked almost fifteen days across treacherous mountain ranges and sections of the Mekong river. By November, they had arrived in Shunning (present-day Fengqing) where they collected various samples of Black and Green Tea from the area. The following month the Yunnan Tea Trading Corporation was founded and from 1939 to 1941, the Shunning Experimental Tea Factory produced 110 tonnes of gongfu Black Tea. Today the legacy of Feng Shao Qiu and Zheng Hechun lives on through teas such as Golden Needle Tea.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Black Tea.
Origin: The Yunnan province, China.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Milk, sugar, honey, or lemon - the choice is yours! Alternatively, serve black.
Tasting Notes: Golden Needle Tea is smooth, is sweet, is subtle. It boasts delicate chocolatey notes with a malty aftertaste that lingers on the palate long after you have drained your cup.
Colour in Cup: Coppery liquor with reddish highlights, light in tone.
Health Benefits: Golden Needle Tea, like all Black Teas, can improve your everyday way of life providing one exercises frequently and eats healthily alongside its consumption. Most notably, Golden Needle Tea contains an abundance of antioxidants, which have the ability to combat free radicals in the body. Free radicals are the product of natural human oxidation, although when left unchecked, these free radicals can wreak havoc on the body, increasing the risks of developing a number of chronic conditions including cardiovascular disease and even cancer.
The antioxidants in Golden Needle Tea, meanwhile, can neutralise free radicals thus reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease and maybe, although studies are preliminary, even cancer.
Health PointsHydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Time of DayBreakfast