Introducing Manipur Young Tree Oolong!
After more than two years of offering exclusively old tree teas from Manipur, we are very excited to bring something new from the region, wild teas from young bushes! Processed exactly like our old tree oolong(2020 Ball Rolled Wild Oolong), this tea provides a perspective like never before when it comes to experiencing how the tree age affects the taste of the tea, from the convenience of your home!
The dry leaf has a sweet honey like aroma with hints of stonefruits. When placed on heated ware, the red berry note comes to life with a hint of citrus fruits and gooseberry. The first infusion brings an interesting sweetness resembling the aftertaste of fennel seed along with a spice note dominant in cloves. The second infusion is another interesting one, with notes of lemongrass, vanilla and caramel. The third infusion is rich in sweetness with honey and black raisin notes, there is also a woody undertone to it. There is a mild astringency as well which makes this complex liquor even more refreshing. To us, this astringency along with wood and citrus notes make it seem a lot more closer to assamica teas from various parts of India. While the old tree teas are also of the assamica variety, it clearly has a taste of its own and does not taste like any other assamica we find here. The fourth infusion has even more sweetness with notes of muscat grapes, honey, damp wood and caramel. This sweetness keeps on increasing until the leaves are completely spent! We hope you enjoy this tea and it provides a clearer insight into how the tea tree age affects the harvest when processed the same!
Appearance : Yellow
Taste : Honey, stonefruits, caramel, vanilla, lemongrass, citrus fruits, woody,
Steeping Time : 3-4 minutes western style, 25 seconds gongfu style adding 5 seconds every subsequent steep
Leaf to water ratio : 1 gram per 100ml for western style, 3.5 grams per 100ml for gongfu style
Recommended Steeping Temperature : 85-90°C
Recommended Steeping Method : Works better gongfu style