Lahu Yellow Tea – A Forest-Friendly Yellow Tea from North Thailand
Forest-friendly yellow tea from Monsoon Teas’ “Lahu” line
The yellow tea from Monsoon Teas’ “Lahu” line is part of the specialist provider’s range of naturally cultivated teas. Therefore, Lahu Yellow first of all is a yellow tea from climate- and forest-friendly cultivation in northern Thailand. As such, it comes from “assamica” tea trees that are native there and thriving in their natural biodiverse environments. At this, “Lahu” refers to the tea’s picking by members of the mountain tribe of the same name, who immigrated from China to northern Thailand a long time ago. Then, the processing of the tea leaves picked in the forests of Amphoe Fang, Chiang Mai province, basically corresponds to that of Chinese yellow tea. As is typical for small tea processing family businesses in Northern Thailand, most of the processing is still done by hand.
This already starts with the picking (picking standard 2 + 1). The tea gardens are in inaccessible terrain and are hardly recognizable as such due to their natural type. In addition, they can only be reached by the pickers through strenuous, several hours long hiking trips through virtually nearly untouched wilderness. Accordingly, the effort involved in picking is rather high compared to conventional (monocultural) cultivation. In return, due to the highly diverse natural input in the (forest) soil, such “wild” teas are particularly rich in taste and active substances.
Yellow Tea – Processing
The yellow tea processing method originates from China, where it represents one of the basic 6 tea processing categories. At this, the related processing sequence basically resembles that of green tea, except for one processing step, “wrapping / heaping”. Accordingly, this process, consisting of several steps (wrapping, piling, moisturizing, heating, heaping) is defining for yellow tea as such. There are various stories and legends surrounding the origin of this method. While some sources tell of an “accident” occurring in green tea production, others claim that the method was deliberately developed in favor of certain changes compared to green tea. On the one hand, the “green taste” gives way to a milder and rounder overall taste. On the other hand, the desirable active ingredients of the tea leaf are completely preserved with yellow tea processing.
Lahu Yellow Tea – Taste and Preparation
Like many green teas, yellow teas with a leaf ratio tend to develop bitter tastes when prepared incorrectly. That’s why you should treat Lahu Yellow like a green tea in preparation. Accordingly, with a dosage of 2 grams of tea leaves / 100 ml of water at a temperature of approx. 75°C, an infusion period of 2 minutes is recommendable for a first infusion. The taste boosts a roundelay of high summer fruity-sweet notes, soon spreading from the taste buds across all levels of perception. A second infusion at 80°C water temperature then takes about 1 minute. While the fruity flavors persist, a touch of pine needles starts coming to the fore. Then, a third infusion with 90 ° C and 2 minutes infusion time still brings to bear the complex, individual character of Lahu Yellow Tea.
Those willing to benefit even further from the rich active ingredient content of this yellow tea, keep pouring… With sparkling hot water and infusion periods beyond 2 minutes, this tea has even more to offer!
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…