Panyang Tippy Golden Needles Imperial (ZP77)

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A premium black tea (Congou) from Fujian province, with a bold, attractive leaf style, generously laced with golden buds. The subtle aroma has delicate notes of cocoa and spice. The liquor is flavorful and complex, with a full mouth feel. Highly recommended.

Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 212° (boiling)
Steep Time: 4-5 min.

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1112 tasting notes

Oh, honey! I love the sweet profile and luscious mouthfeel of this tea! Such an enjoyable cup. I am always surprised when I get to the end of my cup, because it goes down sooooooo easy. It’s like liquid heaven gold :)

Many thanks to Lady Londonderry for this amazing treat!

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Charles Thomas Draper

Dear JacquelineM, I am new here but I am not new to the pleasures of this wonderful beverage. I have purchased from Harney and just ordered fro Dragon Tea House and Uptons. Could you please recommend some other places? Thank you kindly….


I love Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. I order most of my teas from Harney and one of my favorite teas in the world (Rose Congou) is from Upton. What are your favorite kinds of teas? If you like Chinese teas, Silk Road Teas has some excellent ones. My most recent order was to Zhi Tea. I am so excited to try their Gong Fu Black!

I see you are from Margate NJ – I am from Collingswood NJ! I’ve visited Margate many summers because my aunt had a house there when I was growing up. Say hello to Lucy the Elephant for me!

Charles Thomas Draper

For the last few years I have been on a steady diet of Lung Ching and Mao Feng. I decided it was time to get a little more of a pick me up. I have always enjoyed teas from China. I have a friend who is from Anhui and this friend has got me some awesome greens. It’s time to expand my horizons. I just ordered a Ti Kuan Yin and a Keemun Mao Feng from Uptons. They seem a bit cheaper than Harney. Also a Lu Shan from Dragon Tea House. I saw Norwood Pratt enjoying this tea on a YouTube film. I’m now going to check out zhitea’s store. thank you again….

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368 tasting notes

This is definitely my favorite of the goldens, for now.

And this is the last of it. sob

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Jim, take heart: There’s a new lot of Panyang Tippy Golden Needles (though not “Imperial”) listed on Upton’s site!

Jim Marks

I meant the last I had in the house, but that’s good to know!

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985 tasting notes

Back to palate training with Chinese blacks…..

This is cup #7 in my taste testing. This cup is nice and smooth with cocoa notes. It has a nice full taste, and is easy to drink. It really goes to prove that you don’t need to spend a ton of money to get good tea. It runs a little over $6 for 80 grams of tea (just under 3 oz.) That works out to a little over $2 per oz. and is in the low priced range for some of the teas I have been testing.

The leaves really are needle like, but not as long as the Imperial Black Golden Needles I sampled a few weeks ago. There is some golden, but it seems to be on the lower side at around 30%. Some of the others have been higher. Really this is a great tea for the money.

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11 tasting notes

Dark honey taste, little to no maltiness but with a taste of the chocolate like the Keemuns. Tends to be thick in the mouth and very dark brown amber for first couple of steepings, and thinner and lighter colored after. No harshness but a deep flavor over all, probably due to the prevalence of tips. As enjoyable as my favorite Golden Monkey. Definitely hits the “relax” command button in my brain. Bought an entire small tin, so am glad I was right in my suspicions re this tea. Fujians seem to be a theme with me.

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41 tasting notes

Spicy and full. A great tea.

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