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Empress Oolong (Chao Lan Xiang)


Empress Oolong is about aroma, flavors and recognition of an art.  Long, slender leaves, edged with a soft rose color, steep to light ambrosial notes changing with each steep.  Sourced from a single tree on a terraced, high-mountain farm at about 1000 meters, handpicked and hand processed in limited quantity, this year's lot is naturally sweet and mouth filing with light fruity notes over a hint of astringency to gently enliven the palate.  Lot #EO-1.   

Why we selected this lot.  Foremost, this is a rare tea. .  After processing the leaves, Silk Road Teas was honored to have the opportunity to taste the harvest with the farmer.  The wonderful tastes of his tea were noted, and a purchase made.  The lot is handmade in the traditional style, the leaves were plucked using ladders, sorted, withered, then using wood heat to shape and process the leaves, this special lot is the result. Note the impressive size of the leaves. 

Facts about this lot.  This lot was harvested in 2002 on a small farm located near Chao Zhou city, in the Phoenix Mountains of Guangdong Province. Farm is located near the famous WuDong Mountain, Fenghuang area.  Lot was made with a local varietal called "Chao Lan Xiang".   Tea was harvested in 2002 and has been stored in our warehouse in the interim.  Generally, it is held the first steep is for aroma, in the 2nd & 3rd steeps the flavors begin to open more fully.

Taste Profile.  We think it offers the nectar-like tastes so characteristic of a well-made Dan Cong style Oolong.   Given its range of flavors, it is a tea everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy.  As the leaves slowly unfurl and open, minerals and tastes are released that the tea maker has carefully preserved and shaped.  With the care an Empress commands, the tea maker’s hand has worked the leaf delivering a tea offering a nectar-like sweetness that is soft on the tongue and lingering.  The flavor is complex.  Note, as it will steep multiple times, varying flavors will come forth.  

Brewing suggestions.  We find this style of Oolong is best infused with water at boiling temperature.  This will quicken the opening of the leaves and release of their wonderful aroma.  Use a tablespoon of leaf for 8-12 ounces of water.  Steep for 1.5 minutes and taste.  Drain all water from the leaves between steeps and enjoy multiple infusions.

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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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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 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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