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Three Cups Fragrance (San Bei Xiang)


Tea is named for the 3 wonderful infusions the leaves traditionally offer.  Using a pan-firing method called "san bei xiang", it results in leaves in various shades of dark green to a silver-gray sheen. A traditional Fujianese green, it offers a nuanced taste that is both sweet and suggestively astringent.  This is due to the fact it is made using a varietal that is both strong and flavorful.  The tea maker works the leaves in the hot wok to create a balance between the sweet and pungent notes the leaves naturally bold & yield with skilled processing.  This tea is complex, offering a multi-level taste profile.  Harvest date: tea is "gu yu" harvest, plucked the second week of April 2017.

Why we selected this particular lot.   Lots  of 3 Cups begin to show in the market within the first week of the harvest.  As the weather warms and the leaves grow larger, the flavors soften just a bit, mote to the "sweet" side.  This is the taste we look for - a "sweeter" side tea.  As the varietal is quite strong, the firing process will soften any astringency and tend to bring forth more sweet notes.  We found these attributes in this lot.  The leaves are elegant and slender, uniform in size and curved in shape.  It makes for a very good 3 Cups!

Tasting notes.  We find this lot to be on the "sweeter" side of this style of tea.  Note, it has been fired at a high temperature thus softening some of the pungency of the varietal.  This is a strong green tea and perhaps is best steeped on the brief side.  It cups clean and offers a nice aftertaste. 

Brewing suggestions.  A level tablespoon or 3 grams of leaf in 8-12 ounces of water will steep to a full-bodied cup.  Use water at about 195 degrees F.  We recommend a short steep of 2 minutes and taste the tea.  Leaves will yield multiple steeps. 


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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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TCF is made using a "san bei xiang" pan-fire process.

One of the darker color Fujian greens. Cups green-yellow.

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  1. Multiple Steep 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Apr 2018

    excellent slight green tast not astringent. use multiple steeps. I like strong tea this is good to the 3rd cup

  2. Best Green Tea on Earth! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Sep 2017

    Amazing green tea with soft, sweet notes. There are so many choices of green tea and you will not go wrong choosing this one over the rest! A great, everyday drinking tea. Even my wife who is not a huge fan of green tea loves three cups fragrance!

  3. 3 cup is one if the best for multi steeping 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Feb 2017

    Great color and taste. Really strong if you over steep, but great in 2 minutes. Has real green taste and that's great for any time if day.

  4. strong tea 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 31st Jan 2016

    This tea has a bite. Not a lot of complexity, but, pleasant. I drink this tea when driving and can get numerous infusions in while a stop for gas or to go the bathroom, (because a drink so much tea).

  5. Three Cups...Maybe Even Five! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Jan 2016

    I'm slowly but surely getting into fine Chinese tea, so I'm no tea pro, although I definitely can taste the difference from a quality purveyor like Silk Road Teas. Specifically, this green has just blown me away by the flavor, quality, and complexity. The tea notes SRT has provided here are pretty accurate -- grassy and green veggies on the first cup, then a little bit sweeter with some toastiness each time. Brewing this in a gaiwan has easily given me five infusions, but I think I could have gotten one or two more before losing quality. Also delicious cold.

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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