No. 36 ~ Renegade Estate
No.36 / / Renegade Estate / / 2019
Dark Roasted Oolong Tea
From Renegade Tea Estate, Opurchkheti, Imereti, West Georgia.
This tea is organically grown!
Larger, broadly curled and flat dark black leaves, the dry leaves giving a very light biscuity sweetness. Once brewed, the aromatic wet leaf is a softer brown in appearance with a sweet darjeelingesque aroma. The tea soup is a light golden tone with shine and clarity. To taste, its a smooth, mellow flavour with musky notes and balanced maltiness, sharing similarities more towards black tea with most interesting higher flavour notes and aromas. Highly recomended to black tea drinkers wanting to try something very unique!
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 Master Hannes Saarpuu & the Renegade farmers collective, in their small experimental tea factory. This being the 4th small batch of No.36 of 2019 harvest producing just 3kg of finished tea.
The Renegade Tea Estate is maintained by the Renegade farmers collective, a small group of enthuisastic 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.
The group confess this tea is an ode to the greater overall history of Georgian tea, that was in its heyday, 30 or 40 years ago. Traditionally, No.36 was a fully oxidised black tea and a household tea at the time. They took the small amount of spring harvest and felt it right to produce an oolong with the same name as a hark back to the old days and onward step in the progression of modern tea practices.
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.