Desert Gold 2012 - Silver Needle Sheng

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2012 Desert Gold - Silver Needle Sheng Pu-Erh
Pu'er City, Yunnan, China

Here's what the grower had to say about this phenominal light white-like earthy sheng tea.

This beautifully handmade sheng puer tea is composed mostly of silver needles tea leaves, giving it a light, very bright, silky, flavor profile with hints of pine needle.  An exceptional and unique tea. Good for many steepings. This wonderful tea was made by Mr. Fu Bing Bing, who has been specializing in shou puers in Puer City, Yunnan for more than a decade.

The flavor of all puer teas evolves over time. This is because there are naturally occurring active micro-organisms in the leaf that over time change the aroma and the flavor of the tea. All dark teas (including puer) can be wonderful when they are "young" ie, less than 2 years old. Each year after that the flavor will get a little richer, deeper, more complex. Many people store dark teas, particularly puers, for years before drinking, because they really enjoy that more fully evolved, more complex, stronger flavor. So feel free to experiment with steeping times and storage times to find the best method to get the flavor you want from your dark tea.

Brewing Suggestions

  • Use 7g (≈1 heaping tbsp) of leaf per ½ liter (≈17 oz) of water.
  • Use 80°C/175°F water
  • Steep for 4 minutes, strain leaves, and enjoy!
    • Like milk in your tea? Steep an extra 30 seconds or a minute!
    • Too strong? Take off 30 seconds, or use 5g of leaf instead!
    • Too light? Kick it up another 30 seconds, or use 10g of leaf instead!
    • Wanna do a tea latte?
      • Use 11g (≈1½ tbsp) of leaf per ½ liter (≈17 oz).
      • Steep 2 minutes in ¼ liter (≈8 oz) boiling (100°C/212°C) water
      • Add ¼ liter (≈8 oz) hot milk, steep another 3 minutes.
      • Strain leaves, add sugar if you like (1 tsp usually does it), and enjoy!


Chinese Yunnan sheng pu-erh tea.