Wild Litsea Black Tea

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Wild Litsea Cubeba Black Tea by Ketlee

Litsea Cubeba or May Chang is an aromatic evergreen tree with tremendous medicinal properties widely used in the traditional Chinese medicine. An herb known to promote QI (Chi), the life force or energy flow. It measures very high in its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Its most popular use is for the treatment of cold and flu.

Wild Litsea Black Tea is a concoction of Wild Litsea Fruit with our Wild Tea. A truly magical potion which breathes and rejuvenates the Qi in you.

Our partner follows a rigorous and meticulous blending process, which is the method adopted for authentic Chinese Scented Teas. Unlike most blending which is done by mixing tea with dried materials, our blending is done with fresh Litsea fruits.

Our Wild Teas are blended with fresh Litsea fruits overnight in a basket (container) and separated the next day morning and the tea leaves are then sun dried
These process is repeated over 3 times in order to achieve the right mix
This method of blending gives an infusion of fresh aromas which is more enjoyable than aroma infused through dried herbs or flowers
Also, this process avoid infusion of dried herbs/flowers while brewing the tea, as the dried herbs/flowers sometimes give unwanted taste and texture to the tea liquor

We use Wild Black Tea as the base material for this blend.

The health benefits of Wild Black Tea and the superlative properties of Litsea are :

Unlike estate teas which are commercially grown and produced, our Teas are naturally grown & produced in forests
They are very high in antioxidants, amino acids and other natural nutrients
Because it’s grown in wild, the tea plant has deeper roots, lesser pollutants and hence richer in trace nutrients
They are carefully hand crafted by mountain artisans, which makes the leaves more intact thereby retaining higher nutrients, aroma and flavor

Appearance : Bright Orange

Taste : Citrus bite, raisins, wild honey, fruity, woody

Grade : Wild Gushu Assamica

Recommended Steeping Time : 3-4 minutes for western, 10 seconds for GongFu

Recommended Steeping Temperature : 85 to 90°C

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Cupping up this unique black tea today!

This is my first time trying a tea with litsea fruit in it and it’s very unique & interesting! The tea leaves are blended and scented with the fruit over the course of three days, similar to the process for scenting jasmine teas. The resulting infusion is very smooth and sweet fascinating notes of candied yuzu, buckwheat honey, pine wood, and wintergreen – and the faintest bit of smoke. Having never tried litsea fruit on its own, it’s interesting to imagine how much of the unique sweetness is from the fruit versus the tea. This is definitely a tea I’d like to brew a whole pot of, to sit with and contemplate.

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Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g1qmoI2YUs

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