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BLOG: Newsletter #51 | Assam Wild Cultivar, Matcha Shan Ryu, and Elderflowers

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ASSAM WILD CULTIVAR 

This is a fragrant wild cultivar black tea from upper Assam. 
With notes of warm spice and rich malt, it is a lovely contrast to the Assam that dominates the exports of the region. 

The tea plants are clones from native tea trees that populated this valley long before the development of the tea industry in Assam. 

The leaves are big and chunky (much larger than any others we've seen from this region) and are 100% hand-crafted. 

Unlike the vast majority of teas from Assam, this tea is not from a particular estate.
This micro-farm in Upper Assam started production in the early 1990s as the government eased restrictions for individual farmers to craft their own tea.

This tea is 100% hand-crafted and represents some of the most beautiful, flavourful teas that we have sampled from this region. 

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MATCHA SHAN RYU 山龍 - SC GOKOU 

 

Our latest addition from Yoshida San's gardens. Like Un Ryu, it was designed as an everyday treat; but it works quite well for koicha too.

This has recently become one of our favourite cultivars from the Kansai region.

Gokou (ごこう) was propagated from a ‘zairai’ (seedling) tea plant that grew in Uji in the 1950’s. With dark, rich colour and monster umami when grown in shade, gokou is a fairly popular cultivar for gyokuro and kabuse tea; it is, however, surprisingly uncommon for matcha. 

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ELDERFLOWERS

 

Vibrant yet soothing, gently floral & earthy, this beautiful tisane tastes like Quebec in the spring. Or in Geoff's words... it's like chamomile's cooler, more interesting cousin. 

 
We purchase our elderflowers from some lovely folks over in St. Bernard De Lacolle, Quebec, where they were the first in the region to grow them (despite the plant being native to Quebec).

Elderflowers have a long history of not only being used as a medicinal tea, but also of being related to magic and fairies.  

 


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