Black Cloud

Flavors of smoke, loam, and chocolate combine to a lingering sweetness.

This Meizhan varietal is an early-spring harvest black tea known in China as "fresh tea" denoting it is made to a local custom. Not made to a standard and certainly varied in its taste season-to-season, this tea well exemplifies China's small farm tea culture. Our lot was grown on a farm that practices organic, traditional farming methods. The farm is located at an elevation of approximately 1000+ meters in the mountains outside of the coastal city, Fuzhou, in Fujian Province.   Lot # 3-9.

Lot Notes
This lot is single-origin, handcrafted offering a high aroma with notes that are varied - sweet and malty to fruity. Hand crafted to preserve and develop the natural flavors of the varietal (Mei Zhan), a deft firing process has clarified the taste notes and deepened the body of the tea. Tasting this lot, we think this one brings unusual flavors and aromas of the harvest to your cup.  Lot was harvested in the 2nd week of April, 2019. Lot #3-9

Tea Facts
Black Cloud is made from a slow-growing, high mountain varietal known in Pinyin as Mei Zhan. As it is slower growing cultivar and requires a skillful hand in processing and, as a result, is no longer as widely offered in the tea markets and specialty factories as in years past. It remains a prized varietal, however, commanding high prices whether processed as a green or a black tea.  This tea was processed in April 2019. The leaves are strong and will yield multiple steeps.

Tasting Notes
The leaf is distinct in its aroma – think semi-sweet chocolate. The leaves are oxidized with a focus to creating flavors that linger in the mouth. Opens to a clear amber liquor with flavors of malt and chocolate, molasses and stone fruit combining to leave a sweetness that lingers on the tongue long after the cup is drained. For a more rounded, deep flavor, try a longer steep.

Brewing Suggestions
We suggest 3 grams per 7-8 ounces of water.  A tablespoon of leaf will brew up to 16 ounces of tea.  Use water at 195-205 F right up to boiling; steep the leaves for 2 minutes and taste.  For more flavor, steep with added time. Drain the leaves between steeps and the leaves will yield multiple infusions.  

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  • 4
    Not worth the cost

    Posted by Tat Ra on 5th Sep 2020

    I was looking for a smoky flavor and this tea has it but you need to use at least two tea spoons to get enough brew and flavor. With the extra cost for the tea itself it makes each cup pretty expensive. The flavor is nice you you get it to the desired intensity.

  • 5
    Black Cloud Loose Black Tea

    Posted by Marlene McPherson on 13th Aug 2020

    I love this tea. In addition to the description of its taste that you can read on the site, I find a wonderful taste like coconut. It is a nice, full taste for me.

  • 5
    Excellent tea!

    Posted by Dinara Tashniyazova on 24th Jul 2020

    Just had my first cup of this tea and it matches its description very well. It is delicate and makes the mind follow all the subtle changes in taste with delight and curiosity. It went really well with the stir fry noodle dish that I made and elevated my quick lunch to a very nice slow meal. I steeped it three times and I found it keeps its flavors well. Definitely a keeper!

  • 5

    Posted by Seth Koss on 24th Oct 2019

    most delicious

  • 5
    My favorite Black!

    Posted by William Hicks on 15th Sep 2019

    Let me start by saying, Black tea has never really excited me...until now! The aroma on this tea is worth opening the bag alone! I guess what I love about this tea is the rich maltiness resulting in an unlikely sweetness for a black tea. In fact, I'd go as far as to say, I would not pair this tea with anything sweet, as it stands well on its own., almost like a dessert. This is a "must try' tea and it will be one that I always have in stock. Thank you Silk Road Teas!

  • 5

    Posted by Christine Fletcher on 30th Sep 2017

    Silk Road consistently offers the best teas around and this one is exceptional. Lovely earth flavor with no bitterness, this is one of my favorites.

  • 4
    AWESOME !!

    Posted by Gary Bennett on 7th Jul 2015

    I think this is the favorite of the ones I have tried. It needs no sweetener at all and is really really pleasant on the taste buds. I think this could almost be an after dinner / dessert tea. It will be added to my list of "Must Buy Again Tea".

  • 5
    One of my favorites!

    Posted by Daniel Costigan on 20th Nov 2014

    This is one of the best black teas I've tasted, with a very unique flavor. The aroma is very sweet, with a note of smokiness. A two minute brew leaves a very sweet and chocolatey liquor, with a lingering warmth that remains long after drinking. Great tea to start the day, or to enjoy with a cookie on the side. Re-steeps very well, retaining the same flavors for multiple infusions. Definitely worth trying. I am stocking-up on this tea.

  • 5
    A sophisticated start to the day!

    Posted by Nanci on 12th Aug 2014

    Just finished my first cup of black cloud tea. I feel like I am enjoying a fine wine when sipping my different teas from Silk Road. Fun, sophisticated, and so enjoyable. Even the black cloud silver packaging adds to the enjoyment. I display my varieties in a pretty bowl, knowing the pleasure inside each package awaiting me.