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Seasonal Tea — Thailand

2017 Ancient Black Pearl

Doug Palas 2017 Black Tea High Mountain Thailand

2017 Ancient Black Pearl

In Southeast Asia, the Camellia sinensis plant has been cultivated for thousands of years. In countries such as Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand there exist pockets of assamica variety tea trees of unknown origin. They were planted generations ago, but still produce harvestable tea. Often they were abandoned and rediscovered. Some tea buyers call these “wild” tea trees. To the best of my knowledge, wild growing Camellia sinensis plants to make tea don’t exist. In actuality, these old trees were planted with intention of being harvested. The term I prefer to use these for old heirloom trees is “ancient,” since it...

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