Pu Muen Assamica Green is a fully organic green tea from Pu Muen Mountain in northern Thailand. It is made from plantation-grown endemic assamica tea plants. This yields a complex tea that is most unusual in flavour and is slightly more akin to a white tea. We also refer to this tea as Cha Doi Kio, which means mountain green tea. This current batch is from April 2019 harvest.
This Pu Muen Assamica Green tea is grown at an altitude of approximately 1,100 metres at Doi Pu Muen, near Fang in Chiang Mai Province. The tea plantation is close to the border with Myanmar and is surrounded by Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park. It was planted by King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the 1970’s in order to better the lives of hill tribes by providing and supporting sustainable agriculture. The plantation was created to replace poppy fields that previously sustained many hill tribes in northern Thailand.
Many tea growers in Thailand tend to favour imported Taiwanese cultivars. So it is a little more unusual to see a plantation that instead opted to grow endemic assamica tea plants. This choice results in a tea that is quite a bit different to other plantation-grown Thai teas. The noticeably larger assamica leaves produce a character that is closer to teas from Yunnan Province in China or Assam in India. The tea plants are left to grow semi-wild on this plantation, allowing to grow into larger trees. The plantation also employs organic methods and has full organic certification.
This Pu Muen Assamica Green tea comes in rather large leaves that are wiry and dark in colour. The liquor produced has a clean golden colour and a light creamy aroma. The taste is particularly smooth, with a profile that is predominantly fruity with highlights of wood and hay. The liquor is very drinkable and has an overall delicate flavour. The flavour starts on fruity notes, becoming more woody and dry grassy. The clean aftertaste has a pleasant dry florality. This tea is quite unique for a green tea, largely due to utilising assamica plants. It is reminiscent of some white teas or even a light sheng pu-erh.
We suggest brewing at 80°C for 2-3 minutes according to your taste. It can be brewed around 2+ times depending on your taste preferences.