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Jade Orchid


There is a sense of “fresh” that comes with well-made yellow teas. The leaves are plucked early in the spring harvest, typically a “mao-feng pluck”, showing lush green colors on beautifully shaped leaves. The processing of the leaf includes an added step wherein the tea maker “steams” the leaves before the final firing.   The result is Jade Orchid, “Cui Lan”, a tea that  Lot # 1.

Why we selected this lot.  Our decision to purchase was based primarily on this lots taste.  We noted the appearance and shape of the leaves which indicated a well-made tea.  The taste of this lot confirm its quality. 

Interesting facts about this lot.  The leaves are slowly heated in wicker baskets, then covered and allowed to breathe and absorb their natural aromas thereby heightening the fragrance of the leaf.  It is grown in the mountain of Anhui Province, elevation of about 900 meters.

Tasting notes.  Cups a clear, light golden color, with little or no astringency and naturally sweet side flavors. We taste fresh asparagus coupled with a brisk and clean mouth finish.

Brewing suggestions.  Use 3 grams per 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature of 175-185 degrees F.  Steep for 2-3 minutes and taste.  This can steep longer as it is very slow to turn astringent or get heavy.


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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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