Reviews

Wild Tea Qi Black Needle Pagoda Tea

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark with gold tips
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: deep reddish brown

I have to admit to being a bit obsessed with this tea long before actually having the opportunity to drink it. That pagoda shape is just too cool! Being a Yunnan black tea, I knew that it would be right up my alley. Each individual pagoda was about 1.5g so I used two in my gaiwan. The taste was complex yet surprisingly light at the same time. Up front there were notes of chocolate that transitioned into a fruity sweetness that brought to mind fresh coconut. The back end had the malty, earthy yam-like quality that I’ve come to love in Yunnan black teas. After a few infusions the leaves began opening up and they began resembling a more typical flowering tea. The individual leaves were tied together at the base with plain white thread. +Amanda Wilson said that she thought they resembled sea creatures and I think that I have to agree. A funny comment thread occurred when I shared a picture on my Facebook page because +Geoffrey Norman+Chris Giddings and +Rachana Rachel Carter thought that the pagoda shape resembled a mysterious creature from Star Trek. That conversation was a bit over my head but entertaining to read nonetheless.

Black Needle Pagoda Tea sample provided by Wild Tea Qi.

A photo posted by Nicole Martin (@teaformeplease) on Oct 12, 2015 at 3:21pm PDT

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.