Dhara Black Needle – Forest- and Climate-Friendly Black Tea from Northern Thailand
Forest- and Climate-friendly black tea from Monsoon Teas’ “Dhara” line
The black tea from Monsoon Teas’ “Dhara” line is part of the specialist provider’s range of naturally cultivated teas. Therefore, Dhara Black Needle first of all is a black tea from forest- and climate-friendly cultivation. As such, it comes from “assamica” tea trees native to northern Thailand, thriving in their natural biodiverse environments. At this, the 1+1 picking standard, meaning one young unopened bud each with 1 adjancent leaf, rates as particularly precious. And the picking period for this premium picking is limited to a few weeks in spring only.
The processing essentially consists in breaking up the cell structures in the tea leaf and full oxidation of tea juices contained therein. As is typical for small tea producers in Northern Thailand, large parts of the processing are handwork. This already starts with the picking. The tea gardens are in inaccessible terrain and are hardly recognizable as such due to their natural nature. In addition, they can only be reached by the pickers in strenuous, hours-long hiking treks through virtually untouched wilderness. Accordingly, the effort involved in picking is unequally high compared to conventional monoculture cultivation. In return, due to the highly diverse natural input in the (forest) soil and their deep-reaching roots, such “wild” teas are particularly rich in taste and active substancess.
The southern Chinese province of Yunnan, together with areas in northern Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and northern Vietnam, forms the evolutionary cradle of the ancient tea tree. Sweet cocoa and coffee notes in combination with spicy roast aromas are typical of the black teas made of the region’s large-leaved Assamica varieties. And the 1+1 picking standard promises a particularly mild and harmonious combination of these components, with a smooth and velvety mouth feel.
With 200ml sparkling hot water (90-100 ° C) on 5g tea leaves, a full-bodied, perfectly harmonious taste emerges after 3 minutes of infusing. At this, the tea acquits even prolonged infusion periods without any astringency or bitterness. Alternatively, a second infusion, bringing to bear the remainder potential of this tea, is absolutely recommendable.
Forest-Friendly Teas from Northern Thailand @ Siam Tea Shop
With the launch of its line of forest-friendly tea, Monsoon Tea, Northern Thailand, is setting new standards in the realm of eco-friendly tea cultivation. To this end, the concept focuses on tea from seed-grown tea trees, thriving in their natural environments as integral parts of a healthy intact ecosystem. In particular here, this means the subtropical rainforest that is typical for north Thailand in all its green biodiversity. “Tea gardens” in these terms are no longer tea gardens as we know them. Instead, they are natural to a degree that allows only the experienced botanist’s eye to recognize them as tea gardens at all.
tea gardens that are only recognizable as such for the experienced botanist’s eye…
At the same time, the project under the spiritual leadership of agro-ecology visionary Kenneth Rimdahl proves that delicious teas of all categories can be made from leaves of naturally growing tea trees. At this, he draws both on northern Thailand’s wealth of native wild tea trees and existing skills among local hill tribes. The spice in the soup, however, is combining these basics with China’s millennia-old knowledge and the most modern insights of tea processing. Because only where pure nature meets the highest level of craftsmanship is where the very best becomes possible that the world of tea has to offer!
The Sampler – for limited time only!
We owe it to my longstanding good relationship to Kenneth and Monsoon Teas that I can offer you these treasures now at Siam Tea Shop, too. However, the sampler with all 7 Treasures – Forest-Friendly Tea from North Thailand – will only be available for a short period. After that, all 7 teas will be available as regular parts of my offer of Teas from North Thailand as well as of my Biodiversi-TEA shop category. Accordingly, here and now is the time and place to try all 7 teas in the economic sample box!
To this end, the box contains 10 – 15 grams of each of the following teas:
1. Dhara Artisanal Green Tea
A green tea (1+2) from the forests of Amphoe Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand…
2. Dhara Black Tea
A black tea (1+2) from the forests of Amphoe Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand…
3. Dhara White Moonlight Tea
A white tea (1+2) from the forests of Amphoe Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand…
4. Lanna Oolong Tea
An Oolong Tea (2+1) from the forests of Amphoe Mae Fah Luang, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand…
5. Lahu Black Tea
A black tea (1+2) from the forests of Amphoe Fang, Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand…
6. Lahu Yellow Gelber Tee
A yellow tea (2+1) from the forests of Amphoe Fang, Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand…
7. Dhara Golden Tips Black Tea
A black tea (1+1) from the forests of Amphoe Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand…