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Black Cloud


We are pleased to now release this lot for sale.  It has been stored in our warehouse for two seasons (harvest date 2016) as we aged the tea.  We believe this aging process has developed aromas and tastes well-worth experiencing.  It is a long-leaf, 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 1000+ meters in the mountains outside of the coastal city, Fuzhou, in Fujian Province. 

Why we selected this particular lot.  This lot is 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 #5. 

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 April 2016.  We have aged this lot for two seasons.  The leaves are strong and will yield multiple steeps.

Taste Profile.  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.  

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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.

Supporting adults with disabilities

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!

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  1. Excellent! 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

  2. AWESOME !! 4 Star Review

    Posted by 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".

  3. One of my favorites! 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

  4. A sophisticated start to the day! 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

Silk Road Teas has received the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for their commitment to employ persons with disabilities. Silk Road Teas is committed to improving the quality of life for disabled persons, sharing the belief with ICS that business can substantively help people with disabilities achieve independent lives by providing jobs in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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Our tea boxesare hand packaged by an adult with disabilities. Silk Road Teas remains committed to creating opportunity and jobs in our community.

Sales of our Teas Benefit Ceres
Ceres Community Project builds healthy communities by restoring locally-grown organic whole food to its place as the foundation of health and creating heart centered ways for people to connect.

Ceres teaches teens to grow, cook and eat healthy whole foods and provides nourishing meals, nutrition education and a community of support for people facing cancer and other serious illnesses. www.ceresproject.org

Read the recent article in the Marin IJ: Silk Road Teas gives back

...What sets Silk Road Teas apart from others is the Heagertys are using their success and new tea line as a way to give back to the community...

Gives Back They're amazing people and of course the product is phenomenal. We're so proud to be associated with them. In today's nonprofit world, truly the best things you can have are compatible, giving partners.

Julie Burford, Program Manager and Founder of the Ceres Community Project of Marin.


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