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Yunnan Black - Fine Grade


"Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world", Chinese sage T'ien Yiheng.

According to legend, black tea was first produced by chance.  Green tea in transport was exposed to air and oxidized.  The aroma of the leaves was so attractive; the Chinese were implored to produce more of this delicious brew.  In Yunnan Province, the "Dayah" varietal has long been made to wonderful black tea offerings.  Its large, thick leaves produce malty aromatic teas.  For this particular lot, one will note the leaves are more refined, a bit smaller, deep in color and fresh in taste.  We find an additional note in this tea evidence of its complexity and notation as an "extra fine" grade.  Lot # KN.

Why we selected this lot.  As black teas are so popular, we look for new and interesting versions of this highly regarded cultivar.  In this lot, we found a tea not only well crafted as evidenced by it consistent and well shaped leaf size; in addition, we found it has a complexity in the finish.  There is bit more to the traditional Yunnan Black flavor profile, an added note of sweetness in the finish that makes this lot notable.

Interesting facts about this lot.   Harvest date is April of 2016.  Tea is made using the "Dayah" varietal of Yunnan Province.  Note the mix of gold buds.  The classification or name of "high grade" speaks to the fact the leaves are uniformity shaped and sized.  This will result in an infusion that is balanced and smooth.

Taste profile.  Full, round aroma, steeps to a lush, thirst quenching, smooth, sweet, and malty flavor.  Note the lingering finish and how you feel after a taste.   

Brewing suggestions.  A tablespoon of leaf or 3 grams is typical for 8-12 ounces of water.  Water temperature is ideal at 195-205 F.  For a taste that is light and sweet, steep for 2-3 minutes.  For a fuller bodied cup, let the leaves steep for 4 minutes.  Drain the water from the leaves to allow for 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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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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