Yunnan Black - High Grade
Yunnan Black - "South of the Clouds"
Our Yunnan black is a Dian Hong style black tea. It is single origin and grown organically in the higher elevations of Yunnan Province. Often referred to as the "mocha of tea", it is full-bodied and offers a malty flavor and a delicate spiciness. As the leaves are large and "soft" they yield a lush, full-flavored tea that will cup to a rich, russet-red color. This bright, clean coloration well exemplifies the process of oxidization of the leaf and thus its denotation as a Dian Hong or "red" tea in China. Yunnan Black is widely enjoyed as a breakfast black tea. It can be served with milk and sugar.
Why we selected this particular lot: We look for two things in selecting this tea. Cultivation using organic practices is our priority. Along with this, the taste must be rich, malty and sweet. The craftsmanship in processing was evident by the tea's appearance - the leaves are consistent in size with a high percentage of golden bud. Its distinctive clear, russet-red cup color reflects the skill in the oxidization process with a resulting clean "red" liquor color offering plenty of flavor.
Interesting facts about our selection: This black is made to the Dian Hong style. Classic methods of cultivation, harvesting and processing are applied to make this unique tasting tea with all of its wonderful taste attributes. The leaves are single origin, organic and grown at an elevation of approximately 800 meters.
Taste profile: Leaves will steep to creamy and malty sweet notes with a thirst quenching sweetness in the finish. Taste is clean and lingering. Some flavor of caramel and certainly spice.
Brewing suggestions: Use a round tablespoon or about 3-4 grams for 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature right up to boiling. We suggest a steep of 3 minutes to experience the variety of flavors offered. Longer steeps of 3 + minutes will give more body to the cup. Leaves will steep multiple times.
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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