Cultivar 8 or Assamica was brought to Taiwan by the Japanese from India in 1923. After several trials and errors, it is found then that Yuchi is the place where these tea trees thrive. In 1936, the research center for tea was officially established in Yuchi, which has become Sun Moon Lake Tea Research & Extension Station branch. During the early days of this tea, it was brought to London to be auctioned and the taste have awed everyone. The price at that time was several months pay for most ordinary workers and it became a controlled product, that was not easily accessible. It was also a tea for the royal family in Japan.
Our Assamica comes from old bushes (LaoCong) that are around 50 years old. Old bushes that has gone through time yield tea that is rich, smooth and very rounded. It is important for the oxidation of this tea to be full and has to be made with the meticulous skill of the tea master, this is an Assamica at its best. Complex, with woody notes and the sweet malty aromas, this tea is silky and not overbearing, making it a great versatile tea.
Season - Summer / June
Picking - Bud and two leaves
Processing - Half handmade
Elevation - Around 600 m