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Heavenly Blue Peak (Tian Mu Qing Ding)


One of China's famous teas, Heavenly Blue Peak (Tian Mu Qing Ding) was long the favored tea of emperors. An exceptional spring green, this high-mountain varietal is harvested only for a very brief period in early April. Grown in bamboo forest preserves of Tian Mu Mountains, in Zhejiang Province, this varietal was once thought to have been lost and fell out of production for a time.  Literally translated as "Blue Green Summit", our high-grade Qing Ding lot offers the tea lover an opportunity to enjoy a wonderfully aromatic and flavorful tea.  Harvest date: April 2018.  Lot # S-8.

Why we selected this particular lot: One of our best selling teas, there is always great anticipation around finding the new harvest's best lot.   We tasted a number of lots and selected this one as it offers the 3 attributes we seek in tea: a fresh, enticing leaf appearance, a fresh aroma and, once cupped, a captivating, enduring flavor. The leaves are long and elegant and a fresh green color. It was grown organically and has a fresh clean taste.

Tasting notes: The taste is nuanced, naturally sweet and will linger with a soft mouth feel.  Heavenly Blue is harvested a bit later than most high-grade green teas. Fired in wicker baskets, the tea is slowly heated accentuating and preserving its sweet notes. It will brew to a clear, light-yellow liquor. Our lot will provide the most discerning tea drinker a satisfying, naturally sweet cup with a very nice & lingering mouth feel in the finish. Harvest Spring 2018  Lot #8.

Brewing suggestions: Use 3 grams for 8- 12 oz. of water and 4-5 grams with 12-16 ounces. Best prepared with water at 165-185 degrees F. and steep the leaves for approximately 2 minutes, then taste. A longer infusion time will produce more intensity with a bit more astringency. A shorter steep emphasizes the sweet and delicate notes of this varietal. Drain the water off the leaves between steeps and you will get added steeps.

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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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  1. Not much flavor 2 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Jul 2018

    I like a little bit more in my tea so I found this pretty boring. I bought this with Empress Green and Wild Green and they are both much better, to me. I am also a fan of Drum Mountain.

  2. Best tea at Silk Road 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th May 2018

    Low caffeine very tasty smooth tea with almost zero astringency. This is my go to morning tea it wakes you up without causing any jitters . I go through over a pound of this a year just for myself. Steeps well up to 4 or 5 times and still tastes great. I've been ordering this for 4 years and the quality has always been consistent.

  3. Refreshing and invigorating 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Sep 2017

    Very smooth taste with a nice green vegetal flavor and almost no astringency. Comparable to the drum mountain clouds and mist but at a lower price point. Will absolutely order more in the future. Thank you for sourcing wonderful teas!

  4. Best green so far 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Jul 2017

    This is the best green tea we have had so far from Silk Road. We are very satisfied with it. It is a smooth cup, with hints of pear and apricot. Not too grassy. We also like that we can get three good brews on it before changing.

  5. Excellent green tea! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Jan 2016

    I enjoy my green tea every morning when I get up. Heavenly Blue peak has a great flavor and has a very smooth finishing taste.

  6. Fantastic 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Jul 2015

    This is my favorite of all of your green tea offerings. I typically enjoy this tea using 180-ish degree water, but have found that it can tolerate higher temperature water if needed. This tea is perfectly suited for multiple infusions, often the second and third cups are even better than the first cup.

  7. Excellent green tea 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Jan 2015

    This is the best green tea I've ever tried. Prepared correctly it has an amazing taste and smell.

  8. A heavenly tea 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Sep 2014

    This is my favorite green tea. If I make it right it has the most satisfying aroma and flavor of green teas I have tried. As long as I get the temperature right and the amount right, I am never disappointed in this tea.

  9. Outstanding! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Jul 2014

    Outstanding fresh smell and taste. Very satisfied!

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 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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