Sourcing Trip 2017 - Wuyi Mountain, China

Silver Needle Tea Co. was first imagined here in Wuyi Mountain, China. The splendor inspired my vision and lifelong journey with tea. No matter how many times I return, I'm constantly in awe of the beauty. The grandeur of the mountains is uplifting and energizing. And every time I leave, I dream of new ways to share the experience with more people. These lush green leaves produce our Big Red Robe (Da Hong Pao), Golden Beautiful Eyebrow (Jin Jun Mei), and Wuyi Mountain Black Tea.

Silver Needle Tea Co. was first imagined here in Wuyi Mountain, China. The splendor inspired my vision and lifelong journey with tea. No matter how many times I return, I'm constantly in awe of the beauty. The grandeur of the mountains is uplifting and energizing. And every time I leave, I dream of new ways to share the experience with more people. These lush green leaves produce our Big Red Robe (Da Hong Pao), Golden Beautiful Eyebrow (Jin Jun Mei), and Wuyi Mountain Black Tea.

The morning sun beams down as I pluck tea leaves with the owner of the tea estate. Harvest season, typically in April and May, coincides with our visit. Hard-working collectors gather leaves by hand, all day long. Leaves are picked depending on location, and the entire mountain is harvested in a month's time. Reaping in spring produces more rich and condensed leaves with specific taste profiles.  

The morning sun beams down as I pluck tea leaves with the owner of the tea estate. Harvest season, typically in April and May, coincides with our visit. Hard-working collectors gather leaves by hand, all day long. Leaves are picked depending on location, and the entire mountain is harvested in a month's time. Reaping in spring produces more rich and condensed leaves with specific taste profiles.  

These white spots reveal age, indicating that this tea bush is about 40 years old.

These white spots reveal age, indicating that this tea bush is about 40 years old.

Five kilograms of green leaves will produce one kilogram of leaves for tea.  

Five kilograms of green leaves will produce one kilogram of leaves for tea.  

After withering or air drying, the leaves are rolled and bruised in a machine. Holes in the bottom release impurities.

After withering or air drying, the leaves are rolled and bruised in a machine. Holes in the bottom release impurities.

Then the leaves are oxidized in an oven-like machine and left out to dry. Depending on the tea type and desired taste profile, the tea master will repeat the process with the same leaves many times over a period of months.  

Then the leaves are oxidized in an oven-like machine and left out to dry. Depending on the tea type and desired taste profile, the tea master will repeat the process with the same leaves many times over a period of months.  

At long last, tasting from the recent harvest. With a deeper understanding of how much work creates each tea, I appreciate every drop. Enjoy our newest tea from Wuyi Mountain: Big Red Robe (Da Hong Pao), Wuyi Mountain Black Tea, and Golden Beautiful Eyebrow (Jin Jun Mei).

At long last, tasting from the recent harvest. With a deeper understanding of how much work creates each tea, I appreciate every drop. Enjoy our newest tea from Wuyi Mountain: Big Red Robe (Da Hong Pao), Wuyi Mountain Black Tea, and Golden Beautiful Eyebrow (Jin Jun Mei).