Packaging Up The Inaugural Harvest: Organic Oolong Tea
December 08, 2014
The tea leaves have now been divvied up into all the shares that were claimed in our campaign and are on their way to Eco-Cha HQ to be paired up with other parts of the perk packages to be sent to our backers. Here we are entering our friend's packaging store in Lugu, to oversee the shipment from tea country to the flat lands. Mr. Qiu's mom chatting freely while his daughter is ready to help:
Daughter and Mom making sure the boss does his job right!
Mr. Qiu's super nice (and efficient) daughter seamlessly assists in the process:
And off they go, three big boxes of tea leaves from the inaugural certified organic harvest of Mr. Lin's farm. The campaign has been successful, and now we can share the yield with YOU, the backers! We'll get all the perks packaged up and in the mail to you this week! Thank you all for bringing this project to fruition.
Mr. Xie has been producing significant quantities of GABA Oolong Tea for several years, but this is the first batch of GABA tea that he processed as a Black Tea. After sharing his hand-picked, naturally farmed GABA Oolong that had been aged for a full year last July, we are excited to share this batch that was harvested last June, and aged 9 months. While these time periods do not qualify as "aging" tea, they do allow the composition of the leaves to mellow and offer a richer, more full-bodied character.
What is called "red tea" (紅茶 / 红茶) in Chinese is known as Black Tea in English. Taiwan has its own special Black Tea named Red Jade Black Tea due to its luminescent reddish-ochre brew. Also known as Taiwan Tea No. 18, Red Jade Black Tea is a hybrid of the Assam tea plant and the wild tea tree that grows naturally in the mountain forests of Taiwan.
After years of honing his GABA tea making skills using Oolong processing methods, Mr. Xie decided to process this harvest as a GABA Black Tea for the first time. The entire harvest amounted to less than 20 kg, and by the time we found out about it, there was barely enough to be shared with our Tea Club members!