The beauty of a single Estate tea 3 Dec 2019
Not a blend is in sight and in just the same way, the very best tea and tea leaves are single estate too.
The flavour of tea varies depending on where it is grown, the year it was harvested, the age of the trees, the quality of the leaves and the altitude among other factors. The same variety of leaf will taste different from different places, dependent on weather and the location. August Moon Tea, located on the upper walkway of Montpellier Courtyard, offer the very best in single estate tea leaves, sourcing all of the teas themselves from farmers and producers in the region close to their home in China. Often, the farm only produces a few kilos each year which are bought and sold through August Moon exclusively – the very best the region has to offer.
Most tea brands source tea based on volume and not quality and so multiple grades of leaves will be used and combined together to create a consistent palette flavour that is cheap to produce and sell. The problem is that the leaves offer an inferior tea experience and usually have to be thrown away after one or two uses. August Moon’s tea isn’t like that – the quality and low-processed nature of the leaves mean that they can be reused 7 or 8 times without losing flavour or clarity and can even be ‘aged’ in appropriate tins to develop or change the flavour. To reuse the leaves, empty the water and take off the lid to leave it to cool down and dry. Then you can come back to the tea and use the leaves again.