TAIWAN, SHAN CHA
This is an exciting, fully oxidised black tea (or what we like to call amber tea). Shan Cha - mountain tea - is almost unknown in the western world, however this indigenous wild tea varietal dates back to the 17th century. Revered as the mother plant to some of themost unique tea hybrids, such as the famous Red Jade #18 developed by the Taiwan Research and Experiment Station (TRES), it is now a protected national treasure. Shan Cha grows wild and is unable to be successfully cultivated. Tea masters, alongside aboriginal pickers, wake early during picking season to roam mountains in order to find this elusive tea. An incredible tea to surprise black tea drinkers and sceptics alike.
For best results, brew at 95 degrees for 4 minutes. Use a dose of 1.7 grams for 100 ml of water. The leaves can be infused three times. This tea is best drunk black.