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Gardenia Fragrance Oolong


"Gardenia Fragrance" is a handcrafted, single-origin lot made by a true artisan of the Oolong leaf. This lot was made in 2001 making this tea an "aged" Oolong. One will note its large leaves and its distinctive yellow coloration. This is a prized tea in domestic China given its quality and age. Rare Lot # PR-4

Interesting facts about this lot. This Fenghuang Dan Cong style Oolong was grown on WuDong Mountain, in the Chao An area, of Guangdong Province. A mountainous region collectively known as the Phoenix Mountains, the teas from the area are renowned and prized. Small farms are carved into the steep mountainous terrain using stone walls and winding terraces where tea bushes, often planted hundreds of years ago, now stand as deep-rooted trees. The growing environment is ideal - mineral-rich soils, subterranean springs, plentiful rain and cooling mists match with warm days and cool nights to develop varietals unparalleled in their complexity and depth.

"Gardenia Fragrance" is not typically exported given its very limited supply, strong domestic demand and high price. Using essentially an 8-step process the leaves are abraded multiple times on wicker trays breaking down their cell structure and releasing precious juices and rare aromas. These slowly oxidized leaves are then fired, rested, then hand worked again. Each step bringing forth and shaping treasured flavors. The leaves fired in wood charcoal ovens at a temperature between 250-300 degrees C.

Why we selected this lot. The tea maker annually presents great tasting teas. This lot proved no exception upon tasting it with him. One will note the very large leaves, their consistent shape and coloration. The flavors are balanced, with little or no astringency.

Taste profile. Flavors are complex with floral tendencies. Some hint of sugarcane. Astringency is low. The finish is long and lasting. Long after the cup is emptied, sweetness and flavors remain on the palate.

Brewing suggestions. Use boiling water. Do not boil the water too long however. Using 3 grams for 8 ounces, rinse the leaves briefly and pour off. Re-infuse the leaves and steep for 1.5 minutes and taste. This tea is strong and is best with a lighter steep as its flavors are then more open. The leaves will steep multiple times!

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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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"Gardenia Fragrance" is handmade with leaves from oolong trees that range in age from 100-350 years. Grown on WuDong Mountain, this oolong is prized in China.

Rare and nuanced flavors, lingering sweetness and multiple infusions.

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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.

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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

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...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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