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White Empress


With age, some teas get better.  "White Empress" is made with Mei Zhan varietal leaves that have aged for 3 years.  Given that this varietal grows slowly and at a comparatively high altitude, its taste is rich with the textures of a strong, sweet-side green tea but it has been processed as a white tea (note the leaves are natural in shape).  This tea was harvested in the spring of 2014 and allowed to "rest" in a controlled environment.  This is a local custom of making tea based on aromas and tastes the folks who live in the area have come to appreciate.  This is a tea that is rarely, if ever, exported and certainly not produced in large quantity.  

Why we selected this particular lot.  There is much to be said about finding local or fresh teas in China.  They offer a glimpse into tea culture in China and bring new taste experiences to tea enthusiasts outside the country.  One quickly notes the very pleasing appearance and fresh appearance of this tea.   It colors are rich and deep.  Despite 3  years of aging, it appears fresh and vibrant.  Once tasted, we took the offer and purchased the tea.  This is a signature lot, offering a unique taste of the season.

Tasting notes. Highly aromatic leaves.  This tea offers a depth of taste and flavor that is unusually complex.  Aging the leaves has matured the leaves and rounded its strong flavors.  It will remind one of white tea but goes well beyond as the leaves open and release flavors that begin to resemble green tea.  Again, this lot was made in 2013 and released in the spring of 2015 and it offers nuances on white and green teas well worth exploring.    

Brewing suggestions.  We recommend 3 grams of leaf for 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature of 195 F.  The leaves are strong, aged and will release their flavors slowly so use a steep time of about 2.5 to 3 minutes.  Experiment with the steep time and see where you most enjoy the flavors of this wonderful fresh tea. 


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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.

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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

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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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