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Yunnan Black - High Grade


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 with 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 nice accentuation 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.  Yunnan style black teas are often held to develop complexity in flavor as they age.

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. Boiling water will bring the leaves flavors out quickly.  To heighten first steep flavors, rinse the leaves briefly with boiling water, pour off, let the leaves steam for a few minutes and re-infuse.  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.

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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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The polyphenols in tea slow down the rate of absorption of caffeine. Thus the effect of caffeine is felt more slowly and for longer periods.

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  1. World class tea! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Jun 2018

    Excellent tea!

  2. None Better 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Mar 2018

    I have been a lifelong tea drinker and this is by far the best breakfast tea I have found. It is full bodied, rich, flavorful and stands up well to a splash of milk in the morning. My favorite morning tea by far.

  3. The best! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Sep 2017

    Oh my gosh, I just love this tea! Absolutely no bitterness no matter how long you let it steep. It has a very round taste to it, if that makes any sense.
    Quite possibly the best tea I have ever tasted.

  4. Excellent, rich flavor! Like comfort for your taste buds. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Aug 2017

    I loved this tea. I reminded me of curling up with a good book and a steamy mug of this tea in some nook somewhere and getting lost for hours. The taste was of "comfort" for me.

  5. Loads of Flavor! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Jul 2017

    This is a very flavorful tea.
    I have been a coffee drinker all my adult life. Unable to consistently good coffee, I took control and began roasting my own nearly a decade ago. Amid health concerns that led to better eating, I began blending and drinking herbal tisanes.I enjoy those enough, but miss the boldness and flavors I found in coffee.

    After a friend introduced me to Pu'ehr Teas, it was on! My tea journey has me sampling regions, vendors, and processing methods in search of a new list of favorites. This Yunnan Black easily made the list!

    Rich and exploding flavor, I could sense its taste an hour after my first cup. One small sample has provided great results after steeping it several times.

    There is still a lot out there to sample, but the Yunnan Black (Fine Grade) from Silk Road Teas is an early hit in my home.

  6. A basic in my house! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Dec 2016


  7. Surprised excellence 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Jul 2016

    It surprised me with its excellence: gentle, smooth.but with a depth of almost indescribable taste nuances....Loved it!!

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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