BUG BITTEN - 蜒香茶
BUG BITTEN - 蜒香茶
Origin: Taicheung, Taiwan
Harvest: Summer 2018
Grown at an elevation of 900 meters in the ethereal and misty mountains of Taiwan, the title of this tea translates directly to “honey fragrance”, this describes the naturally sweet characteristics of the tea. This natural sweetness occurs when a tiny green insect also known as Aphids. These tiny insect bites don’t leave visible holes on the leaves, but they do damage the plant. This results in the bitten spots to oxidize thus giving the leaves a honeyed aroma. However, this will also reduce the yield of harvest. After the leaves have been bitten, they must be harvested before any rain, of which the unique honeyed aroma will be lost.
What sets this tea apart from other Bug Bitten on the market is our farmer’s traditional craftsmanship. Even though this tea was picked in the Summer, the extended withering and bruising significantly increased this tea’s oxidation rate. This process preserves more flavor and aromatic flavor in the tea.
Tasting Notes: Thick mouthfeel with a refined honey sweetness
Whole leaves can take a little longer to steep, but the taste more than makes up for it.
Every tea is unique and can be brewed in different ways. The chart below is to be used suggestively as a guide for brewing this tea, we think it's a good place to get started. Steeping time may vary based on your personal taste or on how many infusions have already been done. Experiment with the brewing of your tea to discover its unique character.
Please note: Rinse the tea in teapot with a quick application of hot water, discard the liquid immediately. Add additional hot water to start 1st steeping
Suggested Brewing Method: Gongfu style in a clay tea pot or gaiwan: