Grown on the high cliffs overlooking the coast of the Fujian Province, this tea is minimally processed, just dried to prevent further aging. This variety surrounds the mountain Buddhist temple, the Drum Mountain Monestary, and for centuries this honeyed and floral tea would be drank by the monks to keep alert though long meditations.
About Silk Road
Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, they travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives, and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, these Best Teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won’t find a finer tea anywhere.
Silk Road Teas are grown and processed by true artisans of the leaf. They purchase most of their teas in small lots that are single origin and often handmade. It is their belief the best tea is harvested early in the spring, when the days are warming and the nights cool. In that brief harvest window, known as “before the rain” teas, the fresh and tender leaves offer nuanced flavors and tastes. These teas are limited in supply and are recognized as some of the finest teas in the world. Once plucked and processed, many of the teas are not blended, and they preserve these unique small lots for customers’ enjoyment. They find the finest varieties of white, green, oolong, black, and Pu-erh tea.
It is also worth noting that teas grown on small and specialty tea farms tend to use traditional methods of farming. As these teas are harvested in the spring before insect predation begins, the use of chemicals and pesticides is far less prevalent than on teas harvested later in the season and on larger farms. Silk Road Teas make every effort to find farms practicing natural and organic methods. To encourage and complement organic farming, their business is a certified USDA NOP Organic Handler.