Junshan Silver Needle
Junshan Silver Needle // Junshan Yin Zhen // 2021
From Junshan Island, Dongting Lake Area, Yueyang County, Northern Hunan Province, China.
Zero Waste Refill (in store collection only at present)
Fine crafted, beautifully delicate buds, silver downiness with yellow, olive tones of colour with a light and bright, fresh sweet aroma. The tea soup is a fresh, pale gold offering a sweet rice like aroma, the flavours are sweet and mellow with corn like and sugary notes. The body of the tea is full bodied with a smooth, rich mouthfeel, enjoying a very fine deep lasting flavour.
A truly rare tea of high quality and limited production with a short harvest period. Early Spring ’21 harvest from tea trees grown at just 100m, picking just fresh unopened single buds of the Junshan Qun Ti Zhong tea cultivar (big leaf variety).
Junshan Island, also known as Princesses’ Island after the Xiang river goddesses, is a tiny island 96 square kilometres, 15km northeast of Yueyang in the middle of Dongting Lake, consisting of 72 mountains. Formerly a Daoist retreat, the monks that lived here originally produced Junshan Yinzhen using the Men Huang (Piling Yellow) processing method unique in crafting Yellow Tea, a slow oxidisation of tea polyphenols, helping to enhance the sugary flavours and the yellowish character and colour within this tea. Tea growing in this area benefits from high humidity yet low temperatures, thick coverage of fog and the surrounding floral varieties.
Jun Shan Yin Zhen is one of the three prized Yellow Teas of China alongside Meng Ding Huang Ya and Huo Shan Huang Ya. Jun Shan Yin Zhen is also listed in China’s Top Ten Famous Teas having been an Imperial Tribute Tea since the Tang Dynasty.
Jun Shan Yin Zhen is sometimes also referred to as ‘Golden Needle’ or even ‘Gold Inlaid Jade’
Often brewed in a tall glass the buds are referred to as swords elegantly floating up and down in the water similar to Tai Ping Hou Kui / Monkey King leaves do.
Brew Guide Per Cup:
Tea 1 teaspoon (3-4g)
Water 80ºc / 300ml
Brew time 1-2 minutes
Re-infuse leaves 2 - 3 times to personal taste.
Brew Guide ~ Gong Fu Style:
Tea 3 teaspoons (8g of tea)
Water/Temp 100ml / 80ºc
Brew time 1st a quick hot rinse of leaves, pour away, 15-30 seconds for infusions thereafter
Re-infuse leaves to personal taste, like 4 - 6 times.