Golden Needle tea is a variety of Dianhong tea, a type of gourmet Chinese black tea grown in Yunnan, China. It is made of high-quality tips that are often harvested during summer, between May and June.
Other varieties of Dianhong tea includes Yunnan Pure Gold, Yunnan Gold, and Broken Yunnan. This gourmet Chinese black tea is also simply called as Yunnan black or Yunnan red. However, it often creates confusion as there are numerous types of teas produced in Yunnan.
- Name: Golden Needles
- Brand: Shine Wing Tea
- Flavor Profile: Woody with dark chocolate notes
- Caffeine Content: In general, black tea has high caffeine content
- Steeping Instructions: Use a teaspoon of golden needle tea for an 8-oz cup and steep at boiling temperature for three to five minutes
Golden Needle Tea Leaves
The long, twisted caramel-colored dry leaves have a sweet, slightly chocolatey aroma. Steeping the leaves really brought out their chocolatey aroma, which was delightful.
Golden Needle Brew
For this review, we used a teaspoon of golden tea leaves and steeped for five minutes. We used the leaves two more times after the first steeping.
A teaspoon of golden tea leaves gave us a beautiful Bourbon-brown brew with woody aroma. The flavor of this tea is exactly how we want our black tea to taste like — full-bodied with a slightly roasted flavor and a hint of sweetness.
On the third steeping, the flavor has become weak but we wouldn't call it bland. We think you'd only get as much as three steepings for a teaspoon of golden needle tea leaves — which isn't bad at all.
Off all the varieties of black tea we've tried, this one takes the top spot. If we need a waker-upper, we'd choose golden needle tea from Shine Wing Tea. It could be a good alternative to coffee for those who are trying to quit or limit their caffeine intake. As with any caffeinated drink, however, make sure to drink enough water, especially if you'll be drinking this throughout the day.
*CompareTea received a sample to review. We made sure to keep our review as honest and unbiased as possible for the benefit of our readers.