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Black Dragon


Our "Black Dragon", a Congou, is made in the style of classic Fujian Province blacks.  "Congou" is a name used in the tea trade for "gongfu" which means skill and patience, attributes needed to make a really good black.  The leaves are comparatively thin for a black tea reflecting the Fujianese style of elegance in their black teas.  A well-made Congou offers complex flavors of malt and sweetness.  This style of black tea is excellent as a morning beverage and enjoyed during the day as a refreshing cup.  This lot was harvested in early April 2017.  Lot # CF-7.

Why we selected this particular lot.  This lot was selected based on the fact it offers a rich and satisfying black tea taste.  It offers a range of tastes and aromas - all satisfying.  The lot is a good mix of leaf and bud with favorable effects on its flavor.  The firing of the leaves was even handed, almost delicate - with the result of a freshness to its fragrance.  The lot should age well as the flavors of the leaves deepen. Note how you feel after drinking this tea!

Tasting notes.  Multi-layered in taste - ranging from softly sweet cocoa, to hints of malt and fresh fruit.  Always refreshing, one will also enjoy its lingering, sweet finish. The aroma is crisp and clean.     Leaves are large and rich in flavor, so it will steep multiple times. Milk and sugar can be used. Harvested in early April 2017

Brewing suggestions.  Three grams or a tablespoon of tea is our recommendation for 8-12 ounces of water.  Water temperature should be about 195 - 205 degrees F.  Steep for 2-3 minutes and taste.

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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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Congous from the south of China are considered the "clarets" of China teas.

Congous range greatly in taste and aroma.  Some stronger to smokey side, others light and sweet, almost fruity.

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  1. Above average 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th May 2018

    More subtle than many blacks, I like the gentle sweetness and soft earthy quality of this tea. I brew the first cup for a minute or less, and later cups progressively longer. Brewing it like this, I do not find it bitter as some. I'll be getting this again.

  2. Not so flavorful 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Feb 2018

    This tea is a very light black tea, not fermented for long. I was expecting a more rich malt from the description and am disappointed.

  3. Terrific 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Dec 2016


  4. Great 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Sep 2016

    Grainy taste, amazing aroma.

  5. Delicious! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Oct 2015

    Really awesome black tea. Great honey sweetness. Makes a good iced tea as well.

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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