LaKyrsiew Edition B157 2022
In the hills of Meghalaya province, south of Assam, on the other side of the valley to Darjeeling lies LaKyrsiew tea garden. LaKyrsiew is a boutique garden owned by our friends Geert & Nayan. They first planted in the year 2000 with the aim of making high quality craft Indian teas. Nayan inherited the land from her parents. In Khasi culture, the youngest daughter in the family inherits most of the property as she will be the one to look after the parents in their old age. Nayan & Geert found that this area was scouted for tea planting in the mid 1800s, so they decided to revitalise these plans and LaKyrsiew was founded. Their garden is a hidden gem, producing excellent craft tea.
In early 2022 I asked Geert & Nayan to make green and black teas for us from individual tea varietals in the 1st flush season. We conducted this experiment and one of the results was this batch of green tea, picked from tea plants of the B157 varietal, growing on section 2007 of the garden. The leaves were picked, then pan heated on arrival to keep them green, followed by two rounds of rolling and firing. Just 9kg was made of this batch and we’re delighted with the result.
This is a wonderfully sophisticated and complex green tea. It starts off with a mineral and dry profile. Then, as it opens in the glass, the tea sweetens, revealing floral notes, tropical sweetness, hints of spice, and minerality to finish. It’s a magnificent tea which I highly recommend adding to your library this year.
Infuse 3g per 150ml (teacup size) in 70°C water for 3 mins. The tea will infuse three times.