Black River Mountain - Hei He Shan

Earthy, rich flavors, hint of ripe fig

A well-made, ripe or "cooked", high-mountain Pu-erh, grown in the Cangyuan area of Yunnan Province.  Known as Heicha in China.

Lot Notes
The leaves are a rich brown-red color, uniform in size; a mix of leaves and stems that create plenty of body and flavors. Aroma is rich and full bodied. Lot was produced in 2020.

Tea Facts. Farm is at an elevation of 1200 meters. Fertile soils and the climate in Cangyuan are ideal for production of Camellia assamica. Leaves are rich in polyphenols and catechins. Harvesting generally occurs in the morning with initial withering of the leaves by early afternoon. Leaf style and flavor profile is traditional to the area. Known to aid in disgestion and lower cholesterol.

Tasting Notes. Intense, rich earthy flavors. taste is smooth and lingers with some warming notes. We find hints of ripe fig. 

Brewing Suggestions. For 8 ounces of water, use one rounded tablespoon of leaf. Ripe or Shou Pu-erhs, such as this one, tend to taste richer when steeped strong, so more leaf can be used to gain strength in the cup. Use boiling water and briefly rinse the leaves. Pour that water off and re-infuse the leaves for 3 minutes and taste. Will not get astringent, just stronger. Leaves will yield multiple steeps.

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  • 5
    Black river mountain Pu ehr

    Posted by Randy Clere on 24th Sep 2021

    This has been my “go to” fall & winter tea for @ least 20 years or so. I serve it to my patients as a prelude to their acupuncture session!!! This tea is rich & complex…. A great tea for everyday sipping. When Spring & Summer hit it’s always Hairy Crab oolong!!! Another favorite!!! Ted and Katherine are THE BEST!!!

  • 5
    Black River Mountain Pu Erh

    Posted by Marcus Lester on 22nd Jun 2021

    This is perhaps my favorite Pu Erh. It has all the earthy taste I love in Pu Erh, and it is a refined presence. A great way to start a fall or winter morning.

  • 5
    Long time favorite

    Posted by Randy Clere on 6th May 2020

    I serve tea to my patients before every acupuncture treatment. It builds rapport and it encourages people to slow down and be mindful. Black River has been my long time favorite ever since they have been carrying it! I generally start drinking Pu erh in the fall and straight through winter. When spring is sprung I switch to delightful oolongs. I highly recommend this tasty Pu erh.

  • 5
    Black River Mountain Pu-erh

    Posted by Neil Okrent on 17th Apr 2020

    My favorite, a very hard to find tea, which puts me in a mood of serious clarity of thought. Very uplifting.

  • 5
    Black River Mountain

    Posted by Randy Clere on 3rd Dec 2019

    This has been my “go to” tea for years. I start all of my acupuncture sessions by serving this to my patients! They love it. Also , I have been buying my teas from Silk Road for 20+ years. Simply the best!!

  • 5
    Delicious and a good value on a per cup basis

    Posted by KES on 7th Dec 2017

    I would have never bought such an expensive tea until a friend shared a cup. Oh, my...satisfying, smooth, and delicious! I mention the good value per cup because the leaves can be used over and over an entire day and never turn bitter. This is perfect for my office use. Because the tea is fermented, the leftover leaves make a great amendment to plant soil (doesn't rot, smell, or attract gnats). My office violets are amazing after being fed any leftover tea and used leaves. It's also a great go-to for a nice gift and serving visitors. I always get compliments when I share. Silk Road is a great company to do business with. Thanks!

  • 5
    flavor is smooth and fresh.

    Posted by Theresa Gasior on 13th Nov 2014

    This tea tastes so fresh and so smooth. It's my favorite so far.