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Notes:  Produced in August, during Java’s peak growing season, this tea is exceptional — one of those "hidden treasures" that I am always hoping to find. Very flavorful, and a longer brew (up to 6 minutes) brings out an even bolder flavor, without the first hint of bitterness — perfect for iced tea. If you are an Assam and/or Darjeeling drinker, you owe it to yourself to give this tea a try — you can thank me later.

Santosa Exclusive

Description:
Naturally sweet, with a light malty flavor profile, and subtle floral undertones typical of good Indonesian teas. Brews a wonderful amber/yellow in the cup. A longer brew brings out a stronger flavor — without bitterness. You may enjoy this tea "British style" with milk and sugar if you wish, or give it a try Java style — brewed double strength with double sugar.

Growing Region/Country: Java/Indonesia

Brewing: 3g tea per 250 ml (8oz) of filtered boiling water for 3-6 minutes.
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 60g/20 cups: $5.50 - Quantity:


Estate Notes:
With gardens located 3,500 ft above sea level, the Santosa estate is at the forefront of Indonesian tea production. While many Indonesian teas are still sold for blending purposes, teas from the Santosa estate are prized the world over as unique single-estate teas that can hold their own against even the best Darjeeling and Assam teas.


Additional Information:
Although most people associate tea production with China, India, or Sri Lanka, quality tea has also been grown in Indonesia for at least 200 years. A former Dutch colony, Indonesia is actually comprised of a chain of thousands of islands, some large, some miniscule. The bulk of tea is grown on two of the largest of these islands, Java and Sumatra. Tea production on Java began with employees of the Dutch East India Co. who introduced clonal bushes from China. Over the next few hundred years, the industry grew and Java became a large player in the European markets. This unfortunately all changed with the onset of WWII.

Straddling the South China Sea and Pacific Ocean, Indonesia saw a lot of action during the war, which left the country’s tea industry in tatters. Most of the country’s tea plantations had been destroyed - their factories demolished and their tea bushes reverted to a wild state. After the war, as Indonesians began picking up the pieces of their ruined country, tea growers began the task of rebuilding their industry. By about the mid-80’s Indonesian teas were making their way back onto the international markets. By the mid-90’s, Indonesia had 500 square miles under tea production, and that number is continuing to rise.


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