Wild Needles of Hunan is our other new show-stopper green tea from Hunan Province for winter 2019/2020 green tea drinking. Like the Guzhang Maojian, it too is among the most delicious green teas that we have ever sourced and we are excited to have it. Hunan Province produces very flavorful tea, as one would expect from a province that has such a delicious and forthright cuisine.
Wild Needles of Hunan is manufactured into the classic ‘needle’ shape (an elongated sparrow’s tongue, if you will) and is extremely reliable and well-keeping. Because of its shape, with a reduced surface area 0n which oxidation can occur, this special tea will show its exquisite flavor well past the time that the next year’s harvest is in. This is such a great attribute for a green tea, as so often they do not hold well for more than 9-10 months post harvest.
The flavor of Wild Needles of Hunan all stems from one word: vegetal. It is appropriately vegetal in the cup to qualify as an elegant hearty Hunan green tea, and its astringency, which is normally a major attribute of a vegetal tea, is in this instance controlled by the steep time and temperature of the steeping water. Wild Needles of Hunan can be steeped short, in which case the astringency is barely noticeable, or steeped long, in which case it can be about as assertive as one could want! The base flavor is focused, with some celery and tomato stem characteristics. It will show a rich body and mouth feel. The aroma is clean and pure – the essence of ‘tea’.
This leaf has a ‘dusty’ grey/green coloration – the classic color of many western China green teas. This color is determined by the varietal of tea plant that it is harvested from, in combination with the strong sunlight that is present early in the season in this part of China. The leaf will develop a beautiful artichoke green when re-hydrated during steeping.
Please note our steeping ideas in the accordions.
Tea enthusiasts who like our Lu Shan Yun Wu, En Shi Yu Lu, and Rizhao Xueqing green teas should like this tea, as well as anyone who is looking for a tasty, rich, green tea.
Wild Needles of Hunan is from the northwestern part of Hunan Province, a stunning mountainous region that has many tea gardens and beautiful landscapes. Hunan Province has been known for exquisite green tea for about as long as tea has been cultivated in China. Hunan Province was one of the first places that tea bushes were taken for transplanting following their successful cultivation in Sichuan Province, its neighbor to the north. Hunan Province is, in many ways, the perfect location for the manufacture of premium tea. For much of history, however, the green teas manufactured there have been reserved strictly for the domestic market.
We love this tea!