Black Cloud

Flavors of cocoa powder, fruit & chocolate w/ 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 700+ meters in the mountains outside of the coastal city, Fuzhou, in Fujian Province. Lot #MZ-2.

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 April, 2021. 

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. 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 round 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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  • 5
    Black Cloud Tea

    Posted by Austene Hall on 14th Jan 2021

    I mix this tea in with Yunnan for my morning tea. It is rich and chocolaty and complements Yunnan well.

  • 5
    Black Cloud

    Posted by Nels Thygeson on 12th Dec 2020

    This tea has a wonderful pronounced but distinct flavor that reminds me of a yunnan. A mellow malty mouthful. One of my true favorites.

  • 3
    Black Cloud

    Posted by Tom Kaplan on 28th Oct 2020

    I find this a very mild tea- in flavor, body and astringency. Usually i like my tea brewed lightly, but this tea takes a good 3 - 4 minutes to develop. A dash of maltiness, unsweetened cocoa powder, orange/cherry without the acidity or sweetness. Really pleasant touch of bitterness that accents the flavors. Adding a few drops of milk brings out aroma of rose in the back of the throat.

  • 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.