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Black Fragrance - Rare Lot


 This is a rare tea.  It is single origin, grown and processed on a small farm, high elevation, plucked & processed according to local customs.  The result - a liquor that is golden red, lush and silky.  Aroma is floral and sugar cane.  Flavor is rich; taste brings hints of cocoa & molasses; very complex and lingering.  Rare Lot # W-5 

Why we selected this particular lot.  This year's lot of Black Fragrance continues the cycle of rare and great tasting "fresh teas" we are procuring from a small farm about 60 kilometers from Fuzhou in the mountains of Fujian Province. "Fragrance" is made to local customs of tea by a tea maker we have known for years who now specializes in farming and processing the prized Mei Zhan varietal. The leaves were plucked and processed pre-Qing Ming (April 4, 2016) and crafted to their large and consistent size.  We tasted 3 lots of this style of tea and selected this one for its complexity of flavors.  

Interesting facts about this lot. Made with the Mei Zhan varietal, a local, slow-growing tea bush.  Grows at higher elevation and gains strength and depth of taste through the rigors of heat during the day and cooler nights stressing the leaves and creating complexity.  Made by Mr. Wen, a retired tea maker who runs a small tea farm in the mountains near Fuzhou.  He uses a light firing technique, to create a black tea with an unusually sweet fragrance that grows on the palate.

Tasting notes.  With tasting, you will note the lingering finish and how good one feels after drinking this rare offering.  Tea is sweet with notes of fruit and matiness characteristic of a black tea from this area.  The distinguishing note is floral and tastes of sugar cane.  We note some molasses flavor too.  The flavors of this tea are unusually strong.  All these flavors will linger well beyond the tasting.  Also note the warm feeling you will experience after tasting.  

Brewing suggestions.  A level tablespoon of leaf will service up to 8 to 12 ounces of water.  Use water temperature of around 195 to 205 degrees F.  Steep for 2 minutes and taste.  It can be steeped longer for more body.  Leaves will yield multiple steeps.


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Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.

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A "fresh tea" made to local custom in Fujian Province.  High elevation farm, organic. 

A wonderful black tea - naturally sweet, elegant fragrance, lingering aftertaste and good "mouth feel".

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  1. Disappointing 2 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Sep 2016

    Perhaps my expectations were too high, but considering the price I hoped for more. Nothing will replace the Yunnan Gold that you no longer have, I fear. This tea lacked the richness and smoothness I was yearning for.

  2. Nice Suprise 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Apr 2015

    I really enjoy this black tea . I believe it is the best Black Tea I have every tasted . I have been drinking tea all day long for over 40 years and have had 100's of different Black Teas from all over the world . I think this is my favorite !

  3. Rare Indeed 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Oct 2014

    I drink a lot of black tea and am always on the look out for something really special. This tea answers that search. The flavors arrive on your palette in layers and the aroma adds to the experience.

Silk Road Teas has received the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for their commitment to employ persons with disabilities. Silk Road Teas is committed to improving the quality of life for disabled persons, sharing the belief with ICS that business can substantively help people with disabilities achieve independent lives by providing jobs in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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Our tea boxesare hand packaged by an adult with disabilities. Silk Road Teas remains committed to creating opportunity and jobs in our community.

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Ceres teaches teens to grow, cook and eat healthy whole foods and provides nourishing meals, nutrition education and a community of support for people facing cancer and other serious illnesses. www.ceresproject.org

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...What sets Silk Road Teas apart from others is the Heagertys are using their success and new tea line as a way to give back to the community...

Gives Back They're amazing people and of course the product is phenomenal. We're so proud to be associated with them. In today's nonprofit world, truly the best things you can have are compatible, giving partners.

Julie Burford, Program Manager and Founder of the Ceres Community Project of Marin.


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