- Harvest: Summer 2021
- Elevation: 800 Meters
- Variety: Assam
- Oxidation: 100%
- Farming: Traditional Farming
Assam Black Tea, a large-leaf tea from the Assam Province, India, has been the base of most English Breakfast tea and one of the most beloved teas in the Western world. To profit from its popularity, the Japanese decide to cultivate Assam tea plants. During the Japanese occupation of Taiwan in the 1920’s, they traveled all over Taiwan and found the perfect geographical environment, the Yuchi Township of Sun Moon Lake, where soil and climate were comparable to those of Assam Province. The locals even readily established facilities for tea cultivation and processing. Their business gamble had succeeded beyond empire and wars as Assam Sun Moon Lake continued to be one of the main agricultural exports of Taiwan.
However, within the last 100 years of Assam tea in Sun Moon Lake, many varieties have been developed by breeding, each identified by numbers. Our Assam Sun Moon Lake is from the Wu family farm, now their 4th generation tea farmers. As purests of the original Assam tea, the Wu family painstakingly replaced all their tea plants with Assam tea plants from India. The family values nature and organic farming, using pomelo or orange peel as a natural pesticide to avoid the bugs that can bite the leaves. During processing, their whole leaves are only gently twisted but fully oxidized.
As a result, our Assam Sun Moon Lake is unlike India Assam tea. This deep red brew is rich and mellow, with a woody body and burnt sugar flavor, as if milk and sugar were added to give that aroma of caramel malts.
- 6g or 3Tbsp | 8oz. @ 205˚F | 1 minute
- May be re-steeped multiple times.
- Use a porcelain or yixing teapot.
- Drain completely and serve.