We are excited to welcome our first teas from Thailand! Eastern Beauty is grown on the Doi Mae Salong mountain in the Chaing Rai Province, very close to the Myanmar/Burma border. The story of this tea might sound familiar to those who know much about the Flush harvests in Darjeeling, India. During the rainy season of June/July, the tea leafhopper bugs go through the gardens and feed on the leaves of the tea plant. While this doesn’t sound like a good thing, it actually creates a really desirable outcome. When the leafhoppers feed on the tea plant, they’re drawing out the juices in the leaves, which initiates early withering and oxidation (this same kind of process happens to second flush Darjeeling teas, and is responsible for the sought after muscatel tasting note). The leaves are left to wither on the plant for a day or so, until the leaves display a certain range of colors (purple, red, brown, white, and orange) and then harvested. This tea is crazy floral and has really nice soft and sweet fruit notes like lychee, nectarine, and muscat grapes. This is a really well-known and sought after type of tea, so we are very excited to have the small amount that we do.
Name: Eastern Beauty
Origin: Chiang Rai, Thailand
Tasting Notes: Rose, Muscatel, Lychee
Brewing Instructions are included on the tin.