Green Needles Qun Ti Zhong
Garden Direct Green Tea
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Green Needles Qun Ti Zhong
Green Needles Qun Ti Zhong
Green Needles Qun Ti Zhong
Green Needles Qun Ti Zhong
Green Needles Qun Ti Zhong

Green Needles Qun Ti Zhong

Selected and revered in the Enshi region of Hubei since the mid-1700s for green tea and black tea, each year we look forward to savoring the rich complexity of this heirloom garden’s first spring harvest.


20+ Servings

Qty:

Douglas fir, spring meadow,

pine essence, lively and bright

About this tea

This micro-lot of Green Needles was produced in the early spring from tea bushes called Qun Ti Zhong, which means an indigenous or localized heirloom variety of tea bush. This Qun Ti Zhong has been selected and revered in this region of Hubei since the mid-1700s for green tea and black tea. The rocky gardens and rich soils of Xuan En offer rich tasting and balanced green teas with high density, bold energy and slight umami with evergreen and alpine notes that refresh and invigorate. Green Needles, or “Lu Zhen,” is a traditional pine needle-shaped green tea. After indoor withering, the tea leaves are fired in a small tumble-roaster and shaped using a heating and shaking technique that straightens the leaves into a needle shape. The tea leaves are then dried with flowing hot air and baked to perfection to fix the fresh aroma and taste. Every spring we savor the rich complexity of this heirloom garden’s first spring harvested green tea with joy. Green Needles is not a well-known Chinese green tea, but it is one of our favorites that showcases remote terroir and small leaf green tea traditions.

Ingredients

Green tea

Origin

Jin Long Ping Village, Xuan’en County, Hubei Province, China

Cultivar

Qun Ti Zhong

Harvest

March 25 - April 3, 2024

Elevation

1000 meters

Preparation
  • Imperial
  • Metric
Traditional Tea Preparation

Add 4g-5g tea per 350-400ml (11-12oz) water into a glass teapot.

Use water cooled to 180°F.

Infuse for 3 minutes.

Repeat for another 3+ infusions. Increase the steeping time by 30 seconds with each additional infusion. 

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Origin

Jin Long Ping

Xuan’en County, Hubei Province, China

We work with tea farmers in the remote, high elevation tea gardens of Xuan En county. Nestled amongst the forested Wuling Mountain range, which rolls into western Hubei province from neighboring Sichuan province, these farms create an ideal climate for organic tea with an exceptionally unique character.

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