Honey Orchid

Thick leaves open to lush, naturally sweet flavors.

In wicker baskets, this early-pick, large-leaf Mao Feng slowly turns from its green harvest colors to rich shades of gold and black. Air on leaf oxidizing the leaves, in a matter of hours creates this lush, naturally sweet black tea. Grown in Fujian Province, this lot was harvested at the time of the Qing Ming holiday in April 2020. Lot #2.

Lot Notes
Lot was grown on a farm in Fuding County. While known primarily for Dai Bai varietiesof white teas, over the years we have found excellent black teas from this region as well. Its high elevation contributes to development of the leaves' body and flavors. The appearance of the leaves was enticing as they are very large, consistent in shape and offer a great mix of gold buds and black leaf. Aroma is soft yet rich. The taste is lush and naturally full of flavor.

Tea Facts
The tea maker elected to take this lot to black tea as local domestic market is strong for black tea offerings. It was grown at an elevation of 600 meters. The lot was processed early in April as this spring seeason warmed day-by-day. The cultivar is a Mao Feng.

Tasting Notes
Taste is lush, wet and full-bodied. Tastes that come to mind include bright, coppery & clean. Naturally sweet, we find a hint of molasses and some fruity flavors. 

Brewing Suggestions
A rounded teaspoon of leaf for 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature of 195-205 degrees F. Steep the leaves for two minutes and taste. This may be enough flavor or, if you'd like more taste, steep to 3 minutes. It will not over steep. Leaves will yield multiple steeps.

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  • 5
    Honey Orchid

    Posted by Nels Thygeson on 12th Dec 2020

    The first time I tasted this tea I stopped after the first sip and asked the barista at Brickmaiden Bread what it was. That led to a month-long search until I was finally able to identify its source as Silk Road Teas. IMO this is the best tea on the planet. A marvelous blend of malt and floral that reminds me of Black Cloud but then some. Everyone to whom I have served this tea has raved about it. Can be re-steeped if you're desperate.

  • 4
    Honey Orchid

    Posted by Troy Turner on 3rd May 2019

    The sweet fruity flavors add a fun hint of flavors to my iced tea blend... apprx 10%.