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Black Fragrance


Black Fragrance is in the class of early spring teas called "fresh tea".  These teas are made using local customs of harvesting and processing. Typically, they are early Spring pick teas, are made in small quantities and are not made for export. This lot was grown on a small farm about 60 kilometers from Fuzhou in Fujian Province.  Lot # 5.

Why we selected this lot.   Always in the hunt for a good black tea, we look forward to the annual harvest offerings of blacks from Fujian Province.  This lot uses the much-prized Mei Zhan varietal and by appearance it is clear the leaves have been carefully handled and processed to a uniform size and shape.  The wonderful aroma of this lot was also a key interest point. Upon tasting, we found this is a black that well reflects the artistry of a Fujianese local black tea. 

Interesting facts about this lot.  Tea was grown on a farm that uses traditional organic methods.  It is located at an elevation of 800+ meters.  Once harvested, the tea is cleaned and withered, then fired using bamboo baskets over wood fires. Made using the local varietal of Mei Zhan.  The uniformity of the leaves aids in creating a smooth, well-rounded cup taste.

Taste profile.   Tea maker has created a black tea with an unusually sweet fragrance and complex flavor that grows in the mouth. We find notes of molasses and fruit.  One will note its lingering finish and how it makes you feel after consuming.  This tea well-exemplifies the elegance and light processing touch of the farmer.  The tea will provide a very satisfying cup most anytime and goes well with food.   

Brewing suggestions. Use one round teaspoon of leaf for 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature of 195-205 F. Steep for 2 minutes and taste. For more body, steep 3 minutes. The leaves will offer 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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  1. Stellar tea 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jul 2015

    I received a sample of this tea in a recent order. I brewed it up and was knocked over by the tea. Malty, rich and fragrant. Not overly malty or rich. Extremely pleasing and satisfying cup. I believe this tea will become my house black tea. I quickly used up the sample, in two days! Anxiously awaiting my next order.

  2. Delicious! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Jun 2015

    What a wonderful tea. Extremely complex flavor and aroma, malty with a light sweetness like fine tobacco or leather, similar to Keemun Mao Feng, but without the mild smokiness and with much deeper flavor. Absolutely wonderful!

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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