Yunnan Golden Needle

(9 customer reviews)


  • Yunnan Golden Needle tea: a superlative China black tea
  • Originates from Yunnan Province.
  • Large leaves and young buds from native tea varietals are picked from ancient, wild trees.
  • Once oxidised the dark needle-like leaves still have their golden tips clearly apparent.
  • The cup is deep bronze in colour, smooth with an attractive sweetness.
  • Deep, subtle chocolate aroma.

Yunnan Golden Needle tea: a superlative China black tea

Yunnan Golden needle tea originates from Yunnan Province where large leaves and young buds from native tea varietals are picked from ancient, wild trees. Once fermented (oxidised) the dark needle-like leaves still have their golden tips clearly apparent. The resultant cup is deep bronze in colour, smooth with an attractive sweetness and deep, subtle chocolate aroma. Infuse one teaspoon per cup plus one for the pot with freshly boiled water for five minutes and drink without milk.

Tea from Grey's Teas

Our teas are loose leaf and we specialise in large leaf grades. All are made using traditional orthodox methods. Our teas are from named tea gardens or defined areas of origin.

Sourcing our tea

Yunnan Golden Needle tea has been chosen for its distinctive, balanced flavour, aroma and appearance. Our tea is carefully sourced from long-established shippers. We can therefore guarantee the quality and origin of each tea and that it conforms to UK food and drink health regulations and our own demanding grading requirements.

The benefits of loose leaf tea

This loose leaf tea enables the full flavour characteristics of the tea to infuse. This tea is chosen for its high grade which imparts the flavour and aroma characteristics for which this tea is best known. A little extra time is necessary when infusing large leaf grades but you will be rewarded with a superior, more balanced cup. You will be well rewarded for your patience!

Packing options

There are generally several packing options to choose from. These are 60 grams, 125 grams and 250 grams, the default being 125 grams in a packet. Our silver-coloured packets are a triple laminate of paper, foil and cellophane, specifically designed for tea. Alternatively, you can select a tin caddy for your tea. These square, silver coloured caddies have hinged lids. Again, 60 gram, 125 gram and 250 gram options are generally available as options which can be selected from the drop-down list. Packets and caddies have full-colour labels.

Delivery options

For delivery our standard shipping is second class post unless you choose an alternative option such as first class post or courier. Free UK shipping is available for orders over £30 and free first class post can be chosen for orders over £50.

Storing your tea

Store your tea with care by ensuring it is stored air-tight, away from heat, light, moisture and strong aromas. Our standard best-before period is one year from packing and all teas are packed to order.

A guide to our tea

At the checkout you may choose to receive a free, full-colour, eight-page guide to our tea. For more information about buying our loose leaf teas see our page How to Buy the Best Loose Leaf Tea.

Additional information

Packing Option

125 gram packet, 125 gram tin, 250 gram packet, 250 gram tin

9 reviews for Yunnan Golden Needle

  1. L V Hicks

    Service: Very prompt and helpful

  2. Stuart Bates

    Product: Such a wonderful tea with an aroma and flavour I have not tasted before. The description is spot-on with the “hint of rose” but there are a lot of other characteristics which I cannot begin to describe. Brewed for 5 minutes was a little strong and brought out some bitterness, however this was easily countered by sugar and a splash of milk.
    Service: Grey’s are a fantastic source of good quality teas. The range of products is fantastic and the information provided on the website is spot-on.

  3. Stephen Chesterfield (verified owner)

    Service: Used for several years now – always happy

  4. Donna Grant

    Absolutely delicious tea. I have a few cups a week so it remains special! Probably the best tea I’ve tasted and definitely the most expensive!

  5. L L Hall

    Service: fast service much appreciated

  6. Eleanor Campbell-West (verified owner)

    Product: This is probably the most delicious tea I have ever tasted, a unique flavour
    Service: I got really helpful advice as to which tea to choose on the phone, and an answer to my query about which teas are approved by the Ethical Tea Partnership.

  7. John Taylor (verified owner)

    First time purchase of this tea and enjoyed the experience. An expensive tea for every now and then with a deep bronze colour. I tend not to let it go for the full five minutes brewing. My tea leaves are more golden brown than black and certainly a lot lighter than shown in the online photo.

  8. admin (verified owner)

    Heather Davies

    In the tin, with its long curly leaves, an unruly looking tea, a bit like Boris Johnson’s haircut!
    In fact we have nicknamed it our “Boris” tea! In the cup however, it is refined and smooth, not too strong ( we only leave it brewing for 4 minutes ) and with a subtle floral hint in the background, and perfect as an afternoon tea. We prefer to drink it with just a little milk, which we think it takes very well. Delivery and customer service exemplary as always.

  9. cosmictourist (verified owner)

    Still our favourite “Boris” tea!! Not the cheapest tea, but worth it and definitely delivers on its unique flavour. Also tastes good as a slightly weaker brew in the evening, which somehow also enhances its subtle flavour and aroma.

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