A long-leaf, early-spring harvest black tea that is known in China as "fresh tea" denoting that it is made to local custom. Not made to a standard and certainly varied in its taste season-to-season, this tea also is typically not found outside of China. Our lot was grown on a farm that practices organic, traditional farming methods. The farm is located at an elevation of approximately 900-1000 meters in the mountains outside of the coastal city, Fuzhou, in Fujian Province.
Why we selected this particular lot.
With multiple black tea lots to select from, the first consideration in selection was aroma. This lot has a high aroma content, sweet and malty-fruit, indicators that this lot had been carefully processed and had preserved the natural flavors of the varietal (Mei Zhan); as well, the firing process had clarified the taste notes and the body of the tea. Tasting this lot against the others, we think this one will bring the most unusual flavors and aromas of this year's harvest to your cup. Lot #6.
Interesting facts about this tea.
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 the first week of April 2016. The leaves are strong and will yield multiple steeps.
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. A clear amber liquor offers flavors of smoke, loam, and chocolate that combine to leave a sweetness that lingers on the tongue long after the cup is finished. For a more rounded 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 F 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.
Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.
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The Mei Zhan varietal this tea is made with is a slow growing leaf, grown at high elevations. Prized for its strong, nuanced taste.
An excellent everyday black tea!
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".
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.
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.