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Red Pearls (Hong Zhen Zhu)


A high-grade Mao Feng leaf has been rolled into a shiny small pearl and oxidized to a deep brown color. The result is an unusual and rare Fujian Province black tea that is softly aromatic, offering a touch of smokiness and a light, naturally sweet finish. Cup color is a rich red and clean. Our lot is very well made, the craftsmanship is apparent. This style of black tea was once quite common but in recent years has become rare as the processing of the leaf is quite difficult.

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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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Traditionally, this tea was made with Mao Feng varietal. Now, mostly Oolong style leaf. We believe MF leaf offers a more interesting flavor.

The sheen on the leaf may result from rolling the pearls together, perhaps with some rice hulls.

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  1. Red Pearls is yummy! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Apr 2017

    Red Pearls tea is an unusual but yummy cup of tea. It has a distinct flavor which sets it apart from other black teas. The lovely pearls open up to steep a beautiful richly colored cup. I enjoyed trying this tea for the first time.

  2. Love this Tea!! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Dec 2016

    I bought a 1/4 ounce and liked it so much I ordered more.

  3. My New Favorite. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Dec 2016

    Nice dark red color, hint of smokiness.
    I get hints of floral and a back taste of caramel.
    Just placed my 2nd. order of this.

  4. Hearty and red 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Feb 2016

    A satisfying cup. Rich color, I love the light smokiness. The "pearls" are fun to brew and neat.

  5. A smoky Chinese red tea 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Sep 2014

    This tea brewed up smokier than I expected. Reminded me of a Russian Caravan blend. I brewed 2 t for 16 oz, 200 degree water for 3 minutes. I might try less time next time and see what results I get. The tea itself is beautiful, small tightly rolled little balls that uncurl when brewed.

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.

Hand In Hand
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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