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 most commonly referred to trait in Leafhopper Tea is a honey-essence note in the fragrance as well as the flavor profile. This hint of honey varies greatly from batch to batch of "bug bitten tea", as it is also referred to locally. But the most general characteristic of this tea type is its bold complexity of aroma and flavor. It simply has a substance that clearly distinguishes it from a standard High Mountain Tea.
Above we see a local tea picker turning in freshly picked leaves to be weighed and recorded for commission. These new-growth, tender leaves were harvested on a beautiful sunny day at about 1500 meters elevation in the Shan Lin Xi tea growing region in southern Nantou County, central Taiwan.
Our expressed intention in sharing this batch of tea is to offer Eco-Cha Tea Club members a chance to experience the original unroasted flavor profile of a tea type that, in the local Taiwanese dialect, is simply called "Leafhopper Tea".