Ancient Forest Black (black tea)

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Ancient Forest Black

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  • 3.3 oz Tin $21.95
  • 0.4 oz Sample $3.95
  • 2.0 oz Pouch $12.95
  • 8.0 oz Pouch $31.95
  • 1.0 lb Pouch $54.95
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This incredible black tea from Southeast Asia comes from 500-800 year old reclaimed tea trees in the remote H'mong village.

A fair trade system was set up for the villagers who manage and care for these precious tea trees to help protect the tea and reward the caregivers.

The resulting tea is totally smooth and malty, like a fine keemun. the cup is deep golden brown with a caramel nose.

Deep, penetrating, and inviting flavor that is in a class of its own.

2.0 oz Pouch $12.95 - 30 servings 43¢ per cup | 3.3 oz Tin $21.95 - 50 servings 44¢ per cup

Customer Reviews

  1. April 4, 2013 Review by Deborah

    This tea tasted great both hot and cold. I like malty-tasting teas, so I decided to try this one. It has a very smooth, malty taste. It's flavorful and doesn't have acidic undertones. I love this tea.

  2. March 4, 2011 Review by Mae

    This tea is really, really great. Flavorful and smooth without any acidic undertones. I think it even tastes just a little bit like caramel. In earnestness, I don't think I have tasted a black tea I like better. Its taste is unique but blends well with other black teas without overwhelming the flavor. Good on its own, good in a blend, good all around!

  3. July 5, 2010 Review by Danny

    I got my tin at the Gallery in Austin on a recommendation. I am not disappointed. It really does have that malty richness they described. I really like it. I would say this is on the medium body side but with a long smooth finish. Kind of like a wine of black tea! Really great and I recommend it to anyone who likes a smooth and fairly complex black tea.

Water: 200°F | Leaves: 2 tsp per 12 ounce cup | Infusion Time: 3-4 minutes

Basic Steeping Tips
- Use filtered or spring water, whenever possible
- Don’t overboil water
- Remove leaves after recommended time (adjust to taste)
- If you want stronger tea, use more leaves instead of steeping for a longer time.
Leaves can be re-steeped 2-3 times resulting in various flavor differences. Don’t throw out those leaves until they have given it all up!
Black tea has a class of polyphenols that protect your bones and teeth (help the body from pulling calcium) and is good for your heart. Black tea contains antioxidants and about 1/3 the amount of caffeine as found in a cup of coffee.
The history of tea in China is long and complex. The Chinese have enjoyed tea for millennia. Scholars hailed the brew as a cure for a variety of ailments; the nobility considered the consumption of good tea as a mark of their status, and the common people simply enjoyed its flavor.

Tea was first discovered by the Chinese Emperor Shennong in 2737 BC. It is said that the emperor liked his drinking water boiled before he drank it so it would be clean, so that is what his servants did. One day, on a trip to a distant region, he and his army stopped to rest. A servant began boiling water for him to drink, and a dead leaf from the wild tea bush fell into the water. It turned a brownish color, but it was unnoticed and presented to the emperor anyway. The emperor drank it and found it very refreshing, and cha (tea) was born.

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