Black Fragrance - Hei Xiang - Rare Lot

Rare, handmade, flavors of sugar cane & molasses.

This is a rare tea, one that is not exported from China. Made in very small lots, it is sold and consumed locally. It is classed as a "fresh tea", meaning it is single origin, grown and processed on a small farm & processed according to local customs of flavor and aroma. The result - a liquor that is golden red, lush and silky. Aroma is floral and sugar cane. Flavor is rich, taste brings hints of cocoa & molasses; very complex and lingering. Note, this lot has aged for 2+ years in our warehouse. Characteristic and rich notes detailed below have deepened and, in cases, grown. Rare Lot # 9.

Lot Notes. This year's lot of Black Fragrance continues the cycle of rare and great tasting "fresh teas" we are procuring from a small farm about 60 kilometers from Fuzhou in the mountains of Fujian Province. "Fragrance" is made to local customs of tea by a tea maker we have known for years who now specializes in farming and processing the prized Mei Zhan varietal. The plucking standard is fine - bud and first and second leaf. Teas was plucked pre-Qing Ming.  Note, each year the appearance and taste of the lot changes due to environmental conditions and processing decisions by the tea maker to maximize flavors and aroma. 

Tea Facts. Made with the Mei Zhan varietal with its origin in the WuYi Mountains. In time, varietal has adapted to its local terrier & is recognized as a slow-growing tea bush.  Grows at higher elevation which gives the leaves added depth of taste through the rigors of heat during the day and cooler nights stressing the leaves and creating complexity. Made by Mr. Wen, a retired tea maker who runs a small tea farm. He uses a light basket firing technique, to create a black tea with an unusually sweet fragrance that grows on the palate. This lot was harvested 2019.

Tasting Notes. With tasting, you will note the lingering finish and how good one feels after drinking this rare offering. Tea is sweet with notes of fruit and malt characteristic of a black tea from this area. The distinguishing note is floral and tastes of sugar cane. We note some molasses flavor too. The flavors of this tea are unusually strong and will linger well beyond the tasting. Also note the warm feeling you will experience after tasting.

Brewing Suggestions. A level tablespoon of leaf will service up to 8 to 12 ounces of water. Use water temperature of around 195 to 205 degrees F. Steep for 2 minutes and taste. It can be steeped longer for more body. Leaves will yield multiple steeps.


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  • 5
    Black fragrance HEI XIANG

    Posted by Robert Emmet logan on 11th Aug 2021

    Reviewed in December and still the best black tea ever. It is so good, that despite the high price it is on an every other day rotation.

  • 5
    Taste versus Price

    Posted by Tiffany Rupp on 17th Jan 2021

    2020 Lot, but drinking the last of it now January 2021. Back in 2020 Silk Road Teas did a tea Zoom in which they featured three different teas. Dragonwell, Silver Needle, and this one. The Black Fragrance I am currently drinking is not labeled, nor does it say kung fu on the page anywhere, so I'm assuming they changed the name. I was going to make a page set aside from this one and label it, Black Fragrance - Hei Xiang - Rare Lot, but because they are the same farm, same nameish, and same processing I figured it would be better to compare notes here. This is one of those teas that you could rate simply based on the price. Price-based ratings are, in my opinion, not the true opinion though because you could really not like it but force yourself to say you do because of how expensive it is. That being said even without knowing the true price still thought this one was stellar and I am grateful to be able to taste something that is not exported out of China, generally, (I guess though now we can say it is? Albeit in tiny, tiny batches.) Because I bought this in a Zoom package I didn't see the original price so my opinion wasn't influenced by it. My initial reaction was it was good but had way to many hay notes. Fresh hay is fine but I'm not really a fan of those hay in stable notes, though I did have a silver needle from Ceylon the other day that was very good with those notes. This time around I'm smelling clean earth. The flavor still has those farm hay notes but I realized after a few sessions that I liked this one best within a minute of steeping. It then revealed light molasses and sometimes brown sugar. The mouthfeel is very soft with no astringency.

  • 5
    Black fragrance rare lot

    Posted by Robert Logan on 11th Dec 2020

    Best black tea ever. It was one of the teas at the virtual tea tasting and it is just the best

  • 2

    Posted by Unknown on 17th Sep 2016

    Perhaps my expectations were too high, but considering the price I hoped for more. Nothing will replace the Yunnan Gold that you no longer have, I fear. This tea lacked the richness and smoothness I was yearning for.

  • 5
    Nice Suprise

    Posted by Unknown on 2nd Apr 2015

    I really enjoy this black tea . I believe it is the best Black Tea I have every tasted . I have been drinking tea all day long for over 40 years and have had 100's of different Black Teas from all over the world . I think this is my favorite !

  • 5
    Rare Indeed

    Posted by shiner on 11th Oct 2014

    I drink a lot of black tea and am always on the look out for something really special. This tea answers that search. The flavors arrive on your palette in layers and the aroma adds to the experience.