Yellow Tea

Pre-Rain Jun Shan Silver Needle

Delicate, Syrupy, Golden

An exceptionally rare and sought after early-spring yellow tea

From £21.00
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Pre-Rain Jun Shan Silver Needle Yellow Tea


The Origin Story
Pre Rain Jun Shan Silver Needle is one of China's most famous teas composed of perfectly formed, tender buds. A rare and highly sought after tea, only produced on Jun Shan Island on Dong Ting Lake, Hunan Province and only for a couple of weeks a year. Yellow teas are processed in a similar way to green teas: picking, withering, firing...but there is an extra step, unique to yellow tea production, in which the tea is wrapped in paper and gently warmed (40-60 degrees), which softens the flavour of the tea and removes the vegetal flavour present in green tea.
China - Hunan

Hunan is famous for fiery food and China's most sought after yellow tea

Located in south-central China, Hunan is a province surrounded by mountains draining into a central basin for tributaries of four major rivers, including the Yangtze. Home to China's second largest fresh-water lake, Dongting Lake, this is also the location where its most famous tea is produced: Jun Shan Silver Needle.

  • Cultivar
    Zhu Ye Zhong
  • Oxidisation Level
  • Picked

Tasting Notes

Engage Your Senses

What to
Look For

Silvery grey whole buds.


Complex floral aromas with subtle spiciness.

In the Cup

Pale yellow with hints of green.


Glycerous infusion with barley sugar sweetness and subtle spicy flavours.

Make the Perfect Cup of Pre-Rain Jun Shan Silver Needle


Measure 4g or 3tsp per cup (250ml)

Heat Water
Heat Water

Heat water to 80°C


Infuse tea for 3 minutes

3 min

You can infuse this tea up to 2 times


Pre-Rain Jun Shan Silver Needle Yellow Tea
Average rating: 5 Stars
  • Rating: 5 stars
    by Dr Christopher
    Mellow and delicious
    by Dr Christopher
    Rating: 5 stars
    Mellow and delicious
    A mellow, refreshing an moreish yellow tea. A shade darker than a robust Green, developing a light amber to Bristol Cream colour in the pot. Scents of nectar and hint of remaining vegetation with a touch of smoke to the nose, also sweetnees. On tasting, mellow, liquer like and sweet. Perfect afternoon pick me up, very approachable and easy going. Wonderful way of experiencing the little known Yellow Tea- this will become a favourite.

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