Thailand Wawee The Ruby Black #18
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Cultivar: Ruby #18
Harvest: Spring 2022
Origin: Wa Wi/Wawee Village, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Cup: 1 tbsp/5g for 20 gong fu cha cups
Net Weight: 150g
Meet the farmer: Kasem (read about him and his tea plantation here)
Caramel sugar sweetness, licorice, mild cinnamon/star anise combination, extremely uniquely pleasant after taste
A wholesome serendipi-tea! We set out for Wawee's wild Pu Erh tea this year with no expectation of meeting such a unique taste Ruby black tea! Be aware, this is not a traditional style Ruby black, even though it's from the same cultivar. Most oolong tea trees in northern Thailand are imported from Taiwan and are usually cultivated in Mae Salong, however, we have also encountered a few farmers in Wawee who developed an interest in making oolong teas and plant oolong bushes in their plantations. Even though this particular tea's cultivar is ruby 18 from Kasem's farm, it's processed by a "secret recipe" that was passed to him by a tea master in Yun Nan a few years ago. We have never encountered a black tea of such taste and we immediately recognize the roll coaster flavor experience it can bring to you.
Kasem is the second generation Thai Chinese from Wawee, and his father was one of the very first Chinese immigrants in the area that advocated for tea tree's protection. His father started with buying a small piece of land with wild tea trees 50 years ago and was able to piece the land together and passed this legacy to Kasem eventually. His tea plantation looks rather like a Pu Erh forest that's about 20 acres and filled with wild old bushes that are about 500-800 years old. Without pesticide or fertilizer, his greatest challenge is how termites could eat up a tree over a period of time. When you drink his raw Pu Erh tea, especially the aged ones, there's a bold and strong Cha Qi in them. Unlike some of the Chinese raw Pu Erhs from Yun Nan that has a tobacco flavor because of pan frying or machne drying, his processing style is rather delicate and focus on keeping the tea's natural state. He only sun dries his raw Pu Erhs.
Additional information on Wawee Village's history and geographic location
Wawee village also has a Chinese name, which is called Cha Fang Cun, and it means "Tea House Village". This region is mostly occupied by a local indigenous group called Aka and Chinese immigrants from the 50s and 60s, who were Kuomingtang (the National Party) and came from Yun Nan in horses by following the Ancient Tea Horse Road, then took refugees in northern Thailand. Nowadays, their descents are the 2nd and 3rd generation of Thai Chinese and either inherited the craftsmanship of making Pu Erh tea from their fathers or grandfathers, or acquired such skills through learning from tea masters in Taiwan or in Yun Nan later on.
It is located in the heart of the Golden Triangle, close to the border of Myanmar, and it has a mix culture of Yun Nan, Thai and Myanmar. Local farmers tell the tale of the wild Pu Erh tea tree forest in this area in the past, and how they have lost up to 50% of them because of ignorance and other agricultural needs. Some families, such as Kasem's, understood the importance of protecting such tea trees early on and is still an active advocate in the village.
Brewing Instruction Gaiwan & Teapot
Gaiwan: 5 secs
ceramic pot: 3 mins
Add 5gram/1 tbsp
90 C / 195 F
Top Health Benefits
Strengthening teeth & preventing tooth decay.
Lower blood sugar level & reduce high blood pressure.
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