Only a small amount of tea each season gets transformed into the Pan Roasted Black Tea we have here. This tea is roasted instead of steamed. Since the leaf material is generally suited to temperamental Japanese green styles it’s really quite interesting that a tea like this could be produced at such a fine quality.
The tea bushes are pruned and harvested using a proprietary bike harvester at the estate. It is a human-powered, low-impact machine that cuts following the contours of the land with remarkable accuracy and reliability. They also don’t use pesticides or fungicides though herbicides are occasionally used in weed management.
Grown: Bellthorpe, Queensland, Australia
Type: Black Tea
Organic: No – Conventional Estate, No Pesticides
Tea Maker: Brendon Collins of Arakai Estate
Dry Aroma: Mild Smoky, Berry Citrus, Very Mild Honey, Floral
Tasting Notes: Fresh Black Plum, Malt, and Wood
Brewing Suggestion: We like this tea best in a teapot when we used 1 tablespoons(3-5 grams) of tea first brewed for 3-5 minutes with boiling water. For gaiwan brewing, use about 5 grams for around 30-45 seconds for the first steep.