Packaging Up The Inaugural Harvest: Organic Oolong Tea
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.
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The medium oxidized leaves have undergone extensive, repeated roastings that have resulted in a very balanced, integrated character. The initial steepings offer a freshly cut wood aroma with a toasted nutty flavor. This proceeds to open up into a sweeter, more complex profile that is strikingly reminiscent of roasted winter vegetables, including parsnip, caramelized onion and butternut squash.
Mr. Zhang's father cultivated tea on their homesteaded land in Xiaobantian, on the southside of Lugu Township, where he grew up in the midst of traditional tea making. At 20 something, he decided to embody his local tradition by clearing land to cultivate his own plot of tea. For the last 20 years, he has managed his own humble, privately owned plot of tea. Throughout this period, he also acquired seasonal work in tea factories in Lugu, Shanlinxi, Alishan, Fanzaitian, and Lishan. In a word, he learned the ropes of tea making in a comprehensive way, like most tea farmers of his generation. Lugu hosts the highest concentration of tea makers in Taiwan, and is a hub of specialty tea making culture.