Black Cloud - Hēi Yún - Limited Harvest

Regular price $9.00

Style: Black

Origin: Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China

Description: This tea exemplifies China’s small farm tea culture. It was harvested in April 2021 from a slow-growing, high mountain varietal of Camellia sinensis known as Mei Zhan. This slower growing cultivar requires a skillful hand in processing and, as a result, is not widely offered in the tea industry. Hand crafting tea preserves and develops natural flavours that clarify the varietal specific tasting notes. The tea is grown at approximately 700 meters in the mountains just outside of the coastal city of Fuzhou on a tea farm that practices traditional, organic, farming methods (although is not Certified Organic).

Tasting Notes: The oxidized leaves unfurl to a clear amber liquor with a full-mouthed complexity of toasty, sweet, malty, fruity and vegetal flavours. Notes of semi-sweet chocolate, stone fruit, sweet grasses, molasses and toasted coconut sugar weave together. A clear, mineral sweetness lingers on the tongue long after the cup is drained.

Brewing Instructions: 3 grams (2 tsp) per cup. 90-95ºC water. Steep 2-3 minutes Drain the leaves between steeps and re-steep multiple times.

China has a rich and ancient tradition of producing high quality teas of all varieties, and black tea is no exception. This is where tea culture and industry, as we know it, began nearly 2,000 years ago.

Known as ‘Red Tea’ in China, the tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis sinensis plant are smaller and finer than their Indian counterparts, the Camellia sinensis assamica, and prefer cooler mountainous regions. Usually plucked by hand and gently processed, the end result are exquisitely fragrant teas with lesser levels of astringency and a soft body.

Several Chinese provinces are famous for their regional tea selections: Fujian Province is home to the well-known, pine-smoked Lapsang Souchong, while Keemun tea, the official choice of the British Queen, is produced in Anhui Province. Yunnan province produces the ever-popular varieties of Yunnan black tea and is also the region where China started its tea cultivation.

The organic teas we import are artisanally farmed and crafted. They may change with each harvest season. The same tea harvested at a different time of year and processed by a different tea maker will vary slightly in flavour and finish.

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