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China Caravan


Toward the end of the 17th century, caravans of camels often called "ships of the desert" were transporting chests of tea across the great plains into Russia. Varieties of black teas were very often the primary cargo. In China, tea makers - ever responsive to growing demand - were creating black teas and blends to meet this increasing demand. Our China Caravan well exemplifies a blending of a traditional black tea, Keemun, offering enriching flavors with a medium-oxidized Oolong to create a wonderfully sweet black with orchid aromas.

Why we selected this blend: The flavors and subtle notes offered in this traditional blend are just too good not to ensure you can enjoy it. It is a traditional blend – one offered for many years - combining two wonderful varietals, each tea contributing unique, widely appreciated taste characteristics.

Interesting facts about this tea: If there is an origination date, it may be in the late 1800s as this is the date Keemun is generally considered to have been first produced in Quimen County, in Anhui Province. The blend combines a high-grade Keemun, the "King of Red Tea' or the "Burgundy" of China's teas and a medium-oxidized Tieguanyin-style Oolong from AnXi Region, Fujian Province.

Taste profile: Look for enriching flavors - soft notes of pine and cocoa as contributions from the Keemun leaf. The Oolong compliments its black leaf mate to offer floral, orchid aromas and flavors. Note the rich burgundy color of the liquor.

Brewing suggestions: Use 3-4 grams or a rounded teaspoon of leaf for each 8-12 ounces of water at a boiling temperature. It is important that water is high temp as the Oolong leaves will be slow to awaken and open. Steep for two minutes and taste. It can be steeped for 3 minutes to gain more body. The second steep may yield a fuller, richer taste profile. Multiple steeps are in order.

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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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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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