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Teacher's "Old Tree" - Dan Cong Oolong


Handmade, his harvest totaled 3 kilos.  Painstakingly gathered from old Oolong tea trees and processed using a small wood-fired oven, these elegant red-brown leaves offer a taste of one of China's finest oolongs and a glimpse into a fading craft.  Lot # Teacher's No. 1.  

Why we selected this lot.  The fact we were introduced to this tea maker and then had the honor to taste his oolong was enough to warrant a purchase.  Cupping tea in his home, we tasted teas that are ethereal in flavor.  Noted as well are the long and consistent shape of leaves generally one inch in length.  The tea maker has preserved the native flavors of the leaves and created a lot that is smooth in mouth feel and finish.

Interesting facts about this lot.  Teacher's “Old Tree” is made from tea bushes that have over time grown into trees.  Trees are located in the Phoenix Mountains and made by a retired school teacher/artisan tea maker.   Trees are estimated at 100+ years old and stand about 25 - 30 feet in height.  These trees are now demarcated as treasures by the local government. 

Taste profile.   The leaves taste of rich minerals and soft flowery notes. Charcoal-fired, there is also a slightly “peppery” note.  No sharp notes, it is tempered with time. 

Brewing suggestions. Using water at a temperature of 205 degrees F, rinse the leaves briefly to awaken them, then re-infuse and steep for 2-3 minutes.  We suggest a round teaspoon of leaf for 8-12 ounces of water.  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.

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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