Jun Shan Yin Zhen or Silver Needle Yellow Tea, holds a place of honour in the realm of the Chinese tea world. The most famous Yellow tea in China, it grows exclusively on Jun Shan island, located in Dongting Lake, northern Hunan province. It is very rare, which reinforces the notion that the list was compiled for the most famous teas, not necessarily the most popular teas but there is no question that it makes the list for its rarity and unique processing. It was long valued as a "Tribute Tea" reserved for the Emperor or visiting dignitaries as far back as the Song dynasty (960-1279). In some cases it was presented in lieu of taxes. It was reported to be the favourite tea of Chairman Mao Zedong who grew up in Hunan province. Jun Shan Yin Zhen has evenly shaped tea leaves. One side of the leaves is golden colored whereas the other side is covered by a layer of white fur. The leaves are fine and thin giving the tea its name "Yin zhen", which literally means "silver needle" in Chinese. When brew in a glass, the leaf which looks just like the sword moving up and down is described as ‘Silent bamboo forest'.
◆ Origin: Jun Shan, Hunan Province, China.
◆ Tasting & Appearance: Jun Shan Yin Zhen consist of thick, needle-shape tea buds that look dry and almost like an aged tea. However, this is all due to the processing method - the tea is very fresh, as you can obviously tell from the taste. 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. This smokiness is only apparent in the first infusion and is not offensive at all. If anything, we feel that it actually adds character to the tea and makes the sweetness stands out even more in later tasting. After a few cups, you will still be able to feel the light sweetness in your mouth.
◆ Notes & Well Being: Silver Needle is traditionally renowned for its health benefits, helping reduce the risk of heart attacks and reducing the affects of aging.
Dose of tea
1 Tsp. for 6 oz Cup
175°F - 185°F
1 - 3 Minutes