Bitaco Colombian Wiry Black tea is a fruity black tea grown high up in the Colombian Andes. It has a classic black tea profile with a nicely tannic aftertaste. This batch is from the spring 2020 harvest.
Bitaco Colombian Wiry Black tea is grown near the town of La Cumbre, situated high up in the West Andes. The altitude of the tea plantation is between 1,800 and 2,050 metres, making the growing conditions perfect for high grade tea. The prevalent weather, consistent rainfall, rich soil and mountainous slopes all combine to make a perfect but unique terroir. The area is also remote and surrounded by unspoilt natural terrain. This tea is certified as organic under USDA, EU and Colombian regulations.
Bitaco Tea Estate is run by Agricola Himalayas S.A. and they have extensive social responsibility programmes run in the area. These focus especially on education of children in the local area but also provide extensive support for other rural projects. You can find some more information (in Spanish) as well as photographs of the plantation on their website.
Bitaco Colombian Wiry Black tea has neat wiry leaves that produce an umber liquor with good clarity and a malty, fruity aroma. The flavoursome fruity profile has lightly sweet, malty notes with a nice mineral counterbalance. The dominant fruit notes are reminiscent of dark stone fruits, prunes and dates. The aftertaste is light but lasting with a pleasant level of tannins. It is a lovely black tea with an appealing flavour profile. This is the sweetest black tea from Bitaco and is excellent both hot and cold!
We suggest brewing parameters of 90°C for around 3 minutes according to your taste, brewing 2 or more times.