Georgia Oolong ~ Renegade Estate
Georgia Oolong // Renegade Estate // 2019
Light Roasted Oolong Tea
From Renegade Tea Estate, Opurchkheti, Imereti, West Georgia.
Zero Waste Refill (in store collection only at present)
This tea is organically grown!
Small broadly curled and twisted dark brown leaves, the dry leaves giving a very light biscuity sweetness. Once brewed, the aromatic wet leaf is greener in appearance with a sweet floral aroma. The tea soup is a light greenish tone with shine and clarity. To taste, a soft smooth, creamy tea soup. Light, subtly smooth sweet flavours of jasmine and lilac with a touch of astringency and a splendid floral, fragrant aftertaste. A lightly baked oolong sharing similarities within a green tea spectrum.
Harvested by hand in Spring '19, of a select two leaves and a bud picking standard of mixed cultivar from seed grown Chinese, Assamica and Cambodian varieties of tea bush ranging between 60-70 years old. Carefully processed by Tea Masters Tomas Kaziliunas, Hannes Saarpuu & the Renegade farmers collective, in their small experimental tea factory.
The Renegade Tea Estate is maintained by the Renegade farmers collective, a small group of enthusiastic Europeans intent on reviving and reinventing Georgian orthodox leaf tea. The estates, Renegade, the groups first site, on peaceful ground between mountains. Set up in Feb '18 after clearing the plantation, it was first harvested in July '18 from the fresh young shoots. The tea plantation is 17.5 hectares, the tea growing elevation is between 400-450m.
Tea production in Georgia was evident in the early 1900s mainly in the countries subtropical western regions, by the 1920s Georgia supplied the Soviet Union, on its collapse, so did Georgia's tea industry. And yet significant efforts has been made by several parties including Chinese and European projects to re-estabilish Georgian Tea. Many tea bushes that have been searched out are from old abandoned plantation sites. And its these old plantations and new sites alike, small projects and local growers are successfully reinventing. The Georgian Tea Industry is only on the up!
Brew Guide Per Cup:
Tea 1 teaspoon (3g)
Water 85-90*c // 300ml
Time 2-3 minutes
Reinfuse leaves x 3 to personal taste
Brew Guide - Gong Fu Style:
Water per 100ml
At 90*c for the rinse & 1st infusion,
85*c for the following 3 infusions,
80*c when the leaves have fully opened up.
Time 20 seconds + recommended but adjust to personal taste.