Assam Koliapani Xuwola Green is a handmade Second Flush Summer Green Assam from a small tea estate run by Mr Rebo and his family. Teas are grown here to organic standards and are carefully hand processed in order to achieve fine quality and flavour. Picked at the end of May 2019, the large wiry leaves of this tea produce a surprisingly light and refreshing cup! We also stock a black tea from Koliapani!
Mr Rebo has a small tea plantation that is located in the village of Koliapani at a low altitude of around 100 metres. This growing environment is typical for Assam teas. The plants used in the garden are seed plants from mostly wild Assamica trees. These were sourced by Mr Rebo from an abandoned tea garden in Nagaland. The small garden was originally planted by Mr Rebo in the 90’s and he originally sold the fresh tea leaves to the local big garden factories. Often their tea was not accepted by the factories for various reason, so it would just had to be thrown away as the family had no skills or machinery to process the tea themselves. With declining prices for the fresh leaves, the Mr Rebo, now aided by his two sons, decided to start a micro tea factory in 2015.
We work together with a specialist wholesaler in India who only works with small scale farmers like Mr Rebo. They do not just resell the farmers’ teas but also provide support and financial help to small scale farmers to enable them to produce great quality tea – such as investing into machinery and providing them with knowhow. In this case they were instrumental with helping Mr Rebo and his family in making their micro tea factory a great success.
The small garden is surrounded by small forests of trees and other plants. These are left undisturbed on purpose to protect the tea plants and biodiversity in this garden. This does provide a form of natural pest control for the family. While a complete organic certification is financially out of reach for a small garden like this, the teas here are grown and produced to organic standards, without the use of any artificial pesticides or fertilisers.
This Assam Koliapani Xuwola Green tea has long, large and wiry dark green leaves that feature some silver tips. The aroma from the leaves is green, freshly vegetal with just a hint of tobacco. This tea is very far removed from other green Assam teas flavour-wise. A typical flavour of an Indian green tea, especially one from Assam, would have a strong profile, with plenty of tobacco notes and a varying degree of harshness and astringency. This Xuwola green tea, however, is surprisingly different. The very bright and clear liquor has a fresh aroma that is lightly vegetal and reminiscent of a lightly pan-roasted Chinese green tea. The flavours are light, refreshing and bright. There are milky, tangy, lightly vegetal and herbaceous notes. There are further top notes that are sweet and fruity. This tea has a sparkling quality to its flavour and a lasting smoothness. There is no particularly discernible astringency, bitterness or dryness, just a little chalkiness on the aftertaste. It is a really exciting tea that may just change the way many perceive Indian green teas!
We suggest brewing parameters of 80°C for 3-4 minutes according to your taste, brewing 3 or more times.
This Assam Koliapani Xuwola Green tea was first featured in our October 2019 Curious Tea Subscription Boxes.