Jun Shan Yin Zhen (Silver Needle Yellow Tea)

01.07.2009
Jun Shan Yin Zhen (Silver Needle Yellow Tea)
Authentic Jun Shan Yin Zhen is amongst the rarest of China’s famous teas. It is rumored that this tea was the favorite of Chairman Mao Zedong. In 2006 this rare and precious yellow tea was sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin as China's National Gift.

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Its name translates as “Gentleman Mountain Silver Needle Tea”. It is often confused with Bai Hao Yinzhen (Silver Needle), but it is a different variety. The name comes from the processed leaves, which look like small needles.

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Silver Needle Yellow Tea originates from Jun Shan Island (also known as the Island of Immortals) of Lake Dong Ting in Hunan Province. Its restricted growing region and the painstakingly complex labor required for its production restrains the output of genuine Jun Shan Yin Zhen to a total of only five hundred kilograms each year.

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It has a delicate aroma with a hint of floral notes. The taste is smooth, light and sweet at first sip but finishes with a fleeting smoky taste.

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How to brew:
Use 170-180° F water to brew this tea. Pour a little amount of hot water into the teapot and the tea cups, let them stand and warm up for a few seconds and then pour out the water. Take 2 teaspoons (or as personally preferred) for each 8 oz (200 ml) of the tea, put the tea leaves into the teapot and pour in the desired amount of water. Let it steep for 2 minutes and enjoy your Silver Needle Yellow tea!
P.S. Increase the steeping time for subsequent brewings.
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