This Jade Needle comes from Pu'er Zuxiang Highmountain Tea Garden in Yunnan China.  Managed by Mr. Dong, this 2,500 acre tea garden practices strict organic tea growing procedures without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers.  Insects are controlled with sticky boards, insect lamps, and workers manually driving the insects away with a bamboo branch and electric mosquito swatters.  Mr. Dong's workers have been working in the tea garden for many years and are very experienced at controlling insects in these ways.  Mr. Dong uses only a sustainable organic fertilizer made from mostly sheep manure, humus, and compost.  He is unwavering in his emphasis on ecological balance and sustainable production techniques.


Zuxiang Tea Garden is located in the Wuliang mountains beside the Lancang River, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the pollution of the factory, and the dustfall of the roadways.  The tea garden's secluded high mountain pristine environment is surrounded by just green forest and blue skies.  Mr. Dong selected this location for his tea garden to be sure the tea is clean, healthy, and delicious.


Jade Needle is made using the hand-picked bud and first leaf of the tea plants.  The processing begins with 2 hours of withering to lower the moisture content.  Then the leaves are placed into a special shaking machine that uses heat to fix (kill green) and form the leaves into the beautiful straight needle shapes.  The leaves are then placed onto bamboo trays to cool down.  And finally the leaves are bake dried at low temperature to remove any remaining moisture.  The delicate leaves still have fine white hairs due to the careful processing.


  • Ingredients:  Organic Green Tea
  • Packaging: Luxury Tea Tin 25g, Resealable Tea Pouch 50g
  • Origin:  Zhengwan Village, Nanping Town, Pu'er City, Yunnan Province, China
  • Cultivar:  Yunnan Da Ye
  • Elevation:  4,300 ft
  • Picking Date:  March, 2019
  • Picking Style:  bud and 1 leaf
  • Dry Leaves Appearance:  green and needle-like
  • Wet Leaves Aroma: green leaves, cantaloupe
  • Liquor Appearance:  pale green, clear
  • Liquor Aroma:  deciduous forest
  • Taste:  summer air, lilac, cantaloupe
  • Mouthfeel: light to medium thickness, very little astringency
  • Caffeine Level:  Moderate

Jade Needle

  • Gong Fu Brewing of Jade Needle:

    • 4g per 100ml
    • 175°F / 80°C
    • 15 seconds
    • 5 infusions


    Western Brewing of Jade Needle:

    • 1.5 tsp per 8oz
    • 175°F / 80°C
    • 90 seconds
    • 3 infusions


    For complete tea brewing guide click here.