Black Mist "Cinnamon" oolong
Hand shaped and rolled into dragon-like shapes, the liquor of this "cinnamon" oolong may lead one to rapture. Grown in the WuYi Mountains, this unusual tea is oxidized over the course of 2-3 days to a cocoa color. Slowly worked, the leaves deepen in flavor to yield tastes of cinnamon and woodiness. This unusual oolong in that it has aged and softened to fine notes.
Why we selected this particular lot:
The WuYi Mountains are known to yield some of China's finest oolongs. Tea farms churn out a veritable treasure chest of flavors and tastes. This lot has a cinnamon flavor (thus the name Roi Gui) that is soft and suggestive as it offers some hints of woodiness. A rare lot, we purchased this after having bought tea from this source for a few years. Each season, the farm presented a distinct tasting lot; our customers enjoyed them and this one clearly seemed it would be well received.
You will find notes of cinnamon, some woodiness and a softly sweet oolong flavor that is lush and full. It has tempered with age and is soft on the palate. Time has rounded the taste making it, in a way, bigger in flavor as the notes are less sharp, yet it will provide complexity. Always consistent, it can be long steeped and will remain sweet.
Best method of would be Gong Fu style - plenty of leaf with short steeps. Use boiling water, rinse the leaves briefly and pour the water off. Re-infuse and steep for 1 - 1.5 minutes and taste. It may be better even at 30-45 seconds of steep time. We suggest you experiment with the leaves and find your sweet spot. The leaves will offer 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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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 Gentle & Refreshing Cup
Posted by Hunter on 3rd Jul 2016
TRUTH IN ADVERTISING! I could detect the cinnamon notes immediately in this silky-smooth, top-quality tea. The first brewing was bold, without any "edge" or bitterness whatsoever; just a rich, satisfying cup. The second brewing yielded a much more subtle brew; cinnamon still there, but the kind of cup that goes perfectly with a good book or a Chopin nocturne just before bedtime. Would DEFINITELY purchase again!