Red Sunrise ~ Renegade Estate
Red Sunrise / / Renegade Estate / / 2019
Dark Roasted Oolong Tea
From Renegade Tea Estate, Opurchkheti, Imereti. & Mandikori Estate, Mandikori, West Georgia.
This tea is organically grown!
Large twisted leaves with a mix of dark tones. A deep aromatic tones of tabacco, the tea soup is a satisfyingly intense red hue. To taste, a great strength and full body to this tea. With flavour notes of berries and a fruitiness, giving a pleasant touch of astringency to finish. We were offered just a small amount of this particular tea, a well oxidised oolong nearing towards the black tea spectrum. So definitely highly reccomended to black tea drinkers wanting to venture toward more flavour complexities and experience the unique taste of these small batch georgian teas.
Harvested by hand in Summer '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. Mandikori, their second site, is a mix of terrains from steeper hilly land to flat and rolling areas, producing variety through the tea bushes on the plantation. It also has areas of wild uncultivated tea bushes and areas wild fired to be cleared for future experimental test sites. The first harvest from this site was Spring '19. Both Tea plantations are 17.5 hectares, the tea growing elevation is between 400-500m.
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.