Bitaco Colombian Green is a most unusual tea. First, the country of origin, Colombia, is not really known to be a tea producing region. Colombian coffee is well known and regarded around the world but this unique tea is a perfect example of what can be achieved in terms of tea production in the mountainous regions of Colombia. Second, this is perhaps one of the most unique tasting teas due to the completely unexpected fennel and aniseed notes which we have not seen in any other teas to date!
Bitaco Colombian Green 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.
This Bitaco Colombian Green tea is from the February 2016 harvest. The neat dark green leaves have a lovely floral and fruity scent. There is a fair amount of silver tips that are dotted throughout the darker dry leaves. The liquor produced is a light yellow colour and has a slight floral scent. The flavour is quite multilayered and exciting! While being light and somewhat floral, it has a certain depth to it. There are most unusual but extremely pleasing notes of fennel and aniseed on the aftertaste. We have not tasted any other green tea quite like this one before!
We suggest brewing parameters of 80°C for 2-3 minutes according to your taste, brewing 3 or more times.