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Native Cultivar Reserve

$44.00

Native Cultivar Reserve

  • 漢字 極品日月潭蜜香紅茶, 原種

    origin Yuchi, Taiwan

    craft twisted, mi xiang

    flavor notes stone fruit cobbler, honey, floral

    漢字 極品日月潭蜜香紅茶, 原種

    origin Yuchi, Taiwan

    craft twisted, mi xiang

    flavor notes stone fruit cobbler, honey, floral

    A reserve-grade harvest of one of our most popular teas, Native Cultivar Reserve is bright, fruity, and naturally sweet, with a honey-like finish that dances on the palate. It took us over four years of focused sourcing to find a crop that met our standards for quality and taste, eventually leading us to this very limited harvest.

    As its name suggests, Native Cultivar Reserve is harvested from a variety of tea plants that originally grew wild in Taiwan. In the early 1900s, the colonial Japanese administration identified the variety as a prime candidate for black tea production; thereafter, the cultivar was planted in the hills surrounding Nantou County’s Sun Moon Lake in Yuchi, Taiwan.

    Native Cultivar Reserve belongs to our Mi Xiang collection of teas, meaning that the leaves were bitten by leafhoppers prior to harvest. As a result, the crop has a remarkably sweet honey aroma. Controlled oxidation preserves these delicate aromas of honey and fruit, and gives this black tea a brilliant ruby-amber liquor.

  • Brewing Guide

    Native Cultivar Reserve is very forgiving to brew. Its floral character and innate sweetness will hold up well to longer infusions.

    For a gaiwan or small tea pot, we suggest 3.5 grams of tea leaves, brewed at 205 degrees. Give the tea an initial 1 second rinse, then proceed to steep for 2 minutes. Steep the second infusion for 1 minute 45 seconds. For subsequent brews, increase steep time in 30 second increments.

    Native Cultivar Reserve will also brew perfectly in a tea bowl.

    shop gaiwans
    Gaiwan/Teapot (6 oz.)
    leaves 3.5 grams
    temp 205 ° F
    time 1 min 45 sec
    shop teapots
    Teapot (12 oz.)
    leaves 5 grams
    temp 205 ° F
    time 2 min 30 sec
    shop infusers
    Infuser Cup
    leaves 3.5 grams
    temp 205 ° F
    time 2 min
    shop tea bowls
    Tea Bowl
    leaves 2.5 grams
    temp 205 ° F
    shop gaiwans
    Gaiwan/Teapot (6 oz.)
    leaves 3.5 grams
    temp 205 ° F
    time 1 min 45 sec
    shop teapots
    Teapot (12 oz.)
    leaves 5 grams
    temp 205 ° F
    time 2 min 30 sec
    shop infusers
    Infuser Cup
    leaves 3.5 grams
    temp 205 ° F
    time 2 min
    shop tea bowls
    Tea Bowl
    leaves 2.5 grams
    temp 205 ° F