Black Fragrance Rare
This is a rare tea. Single origin, small farm on a mountain, plucked & made according to local customs. The result - liquor 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 making using 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.
Interesting facts about this lot. Made with the Mei Zhan varietal, a local, slow growing tea bush. Grows at higher elevations 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.
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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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".
Posted by Unknown 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.
Posted by Unknown 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 !
Posted by shiner 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.