Suna Oolong Tea

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Suna Oolong Tea

11.00

$0.55 Per Cup

50 Grams (1.76 Ounces) / 20 First Steeps

Origin: Phakphok in Ilam, Nepal

Farm Name: Teenjure Cooperative

Farmer: Biren Subba

Cultivation Method: All Natural

Teas out of Nepal have a tendency to stun us when we are taste testing teas.  Maybe it's because Nepal is one of the most scenic places in the world or maybe it's because tea farmers in Nepal pull out all of the stops to make their teas stand out from their neighboring country, India.  This tea did indeed stun us!  It's a non-balled Oolong comprised of carefully picked full leaves.  The dried leaves smell of chestnuts, honey, and sweet potatoes.  The brewed tea has a gold color, a roasted chestnut with a hint of cinnamon aroma.  It has a full bodied, thick taste of caramel and chestnuts.  This tea has an extra something in it that can't be labeled in an objective way, but this tea just makes you feel really good, every time!  

The Teenjure Cooperative was founded in 1995 and they are dedicated to all-natural cultivation methods for their teas!  Their high altitude tea gardens typically result in very fragrant and flavorful teas that leave you saying, "WOW!"  Tea growers in Nepal have historically been raw leaf suppliers for India.  The raw leaf market is very unpredictable, doesn't provide a steady income, and is typically very low quality tea.  This cooperative of Nepal is an attempt to change that.  These neighboring farmers band together to share information with each other on natural cultivation practices, growing the highest quality tea possible, and general tea information.  Since each family farm is small and they are all neighbors, it's basically one big family!

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Steeping and Storage

Use 2.5 grams (1 teaspoon) of loose leaf tea per 6 ounces of water.  Steep with water ranging from 185 to 205 degrees for 3 to 5 minutes.  Can be re-steeped up to 5 times.  If making iced tea, double the amount of tea leaves used and keep the time the same; sweeten while steeping and when done steeping pour over ice.

Keep in mind that these steeping instructions are merely a suggested starting point.  Everyone has different tastes and preferences and you can adjust the amount of tea used and the steep time accordingly.  If you would like your tea to have a stronger taste, add more tea leaves.  Conversely, if it is too strong, use less tea leaves.  It is quite fun to play with the temperature of the water and the steep times to bring out different tastes and textures in the tea!

Loose leaf tea should be stored in a cool, dark, and dry environment away from strong odors that the tea will most certainly absorb (do not store in the refrigerator or spice cabinet).  It is best to store it in an air tight container as this will reduce the amount of oxygen that interacts with the tea and thus preserving its life.