Brazil Grandma Ume's Black Tea

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A full tasting black tea with a gentle sweetness coupled with good malty tones, evocative of the best black teas of Assam but with a more refined character.

Produced by 89 year old Ume Shimada and her family who rehabilitated their family tea garden in 2014 after it was left untended when Brazil's black tea industry collapsed in the 1980s.

Ume's focus is on producing a single high quality black tea from handpicked leaves, which are processed in renovated old machinery dating back to the heyday of the Brazilian tea industry. The care for the tea is evident in the leaves which are large and mostly whole.

To learn more, a video produced by NHK can be found here.

Tasting Notes:
- Smooth and full taste
- Strong malt notes with some sweetness
- Little to no astringency

Harvest: Summer, early 2016
Altitude: 25m
Variety: Assamica
Origin: Shimada Farm, Registro, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Farmer: Ume Shimade and her family
Sourced: Direct from the farmer
Percentage of price going back to the farmer: 40%+

Brewing Advice:
- Heat water to roughly 95°C/203°F
- Use 2 teaspoons per cup/small teapot
- Brew for 2-4 minutes

Packaging: Resealable ziplock bag

Video courtesy of Obaatian:



Type: Black Tea