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Black River Mountain (Hei He Shan)


A well-made, ripe or "cooked", high-mountain Pu-erh, grown near the Vietnam border in Yunnan Province.

Why we selected this lot. The leaves are a deep, rich brown-red color and a mix of leaves and stems that create plenty of body and flavors in the brew. Aroma is rich and full bodied, showing none of the "fishiness" of a poorly made or improperly stored lot.  Factory focuses solely to black and Pu-erh teas with a high production standard.  Tea is EU Standard.

Taste Profile. Offers some earthiness but this tea is nuanced and the tastes it offers have been well-shaped. The mix of bulky, thick leaves and odd stems creates a balanced, deeply rich taste. Flavor is even, mouth-filling. The finish is clean and smooth. Cups to a bright red-brown color.  Tea was produced in 2016.

Brewing instructions.   For 8-12 ounces of water, use at least one rounded tablespoon of leaf.  Ripe or Shou Pu-erhs, such as this one, tend to taste richer when steeped strong, so more leaf can be used to gain strength in the cup.  Use boiling water and briefly rinse the leaves.  Pour that water off and re-infuse the leaves for 3 minutes and taste.  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.

Supporting adults with disabilities

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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Ripe, made with thick leaf and stems. Taste is nuanced.

EU certified organic.

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  1. Delicious and a good value on a per cup basis 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Dec 2017

    I would have never bought such an expensive tea until a friend shared a cup. Oh, my...satisfying, smooth, and delicious! I mention the good value per cup because the leaves can be used over and over an entire day and never turn bitter. This is perfect for my office use. Because the tea is fermented, the leftover leaves make a great amendment to plant soil (doesn't rot, smell, or attract gnats). My office violets are amazing after being fed any leftover tea and used leaves. It's also a great go-to for a nice gift and serving visitors. I always get compliments when I share. Silk Road is a great company to do business with. Thanks!

  2. flavor is smooth and fresh. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Nov 2014

    This tea tastes so fresh and so smooth. It's my favorite so far.

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.

Sales of our Teas Benefit Ceres
Ceres Community Project builds healthy communities by restoring locally-grown organic whole food to its place as the foundation of health and creating heart centered ways for people to connect.

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

Read the recent article in the Marin IJ: Silk Road Teas gives back

...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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