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Honey Orchid


Thick bright green leaves in wicker baskets slowly turn from their spring harvest colors to rich shades of gold and black.  Air on leaf naturally oxidizes the leaves, turning an early-pick green into a lush black tea. Grown in Fujian Province and made from a Mao Feng varietal, it is an early-pick spring tea. Harvest date: April 2017.

Why we selected this lot.  Grown in the Fuding area, over the years we have found excellent black teas from this region although it is famous primarily for white teas.  The appearance of the leaves was enticing as they are very large, consistent in shape and offer a great mix of gold buds and black leaf.  Aroma is soft yet rich.  The taste is delicious!

Interesting facts about this lot.  The tea maker elected to take this lot to black tea versus green as the domestic market is quite strong for black tea offerings.  It was grown at an elevation of 600 meters.  The tea came into the market on April 8th following 5-6 days of comparatively warm weather stimulating the growth of the tea bushes.  It is approximately a 24-hour period between harvest and the tea being ready for market.  Varietal is a Mao Feng.

Taste profile.  Taste is lush and wet.  Tastes that come to mind include bright, clean & coppery.  Naturally sweet, we find hints of molasses to fruity flavors.  Finish is sweet and lingering.

Brewing suggestions.  A teaspoon of leaf for 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature of 195-205 degrees F.  Steep the leaves for two minutes and taste.  This may be enough flavor or, if you'd like more taste, steep to 3 minutes, it will not over steep at that time.  Leaves will yield multiple 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.

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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. Best with food, brew strong 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Feb 2018

    I like but don't love this tea. It took several gong fu brewing sessions to get it right. I got the best results using a fair amount of leaf (7ish grams for a 250ml gaiwan), water temp 195 F, and relatively long steeps beginning at 20ish seconds and going up from there. Brewed this way, the tea offers an aroma and flavors of dark buckwheat honey and a medium-bodied texture, with just enough bitterness to provide structure. By itself, it verges on being overly soft and one dimensional, but it paired beautifully with food (left-over Sichuan.)

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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