Yunnan Pine Needle Green
Pine Needle Green is a specialty of the province of Yunnan. The leaves are harvested in the spring and only "bud sets" are used; the bud is still closed, giving this tea a special appearance. This particular batch was picked and processed between 4-7 March.
The tea is fried in a wok, rolled, wilted briefly and then dried by hand in a wok again. At this final stage the tea is pressed flat again to make is straight and pointy. The finished product is a silver and green needled tea that locals call "Song Zhen" (Pine Needles).
In addition to its appearance, the tea brews up a light yellow tea soup with hints of raw chestnut and umami. It is thick and lubricating to the mouth and throat.
It is best prepared using the gongfu technique with short infusions of 30 seconds. For western-style brewing, use 1 teaspoon of leaves and infuse at 70 degrees for 2-3 minutes.
Fresh with notes of chestnuts and umami.