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Mountain Green (Multiple Vintages)

Region: Himachal Pradesh, India
Producer: Mann Garden
Season: Various
Batch: Various
Delicious, naturally sweet, fruity, and sappy green tea.
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The Mann tea garden is a 6th generation family owned garden in the Himalayan foothills. It sits at a similar elevation to Darjeeling, about 4,500ft but the location is much further west along the Himalayas, in Himachal Pradesh. Many of the region’s tea gardens sit along the Himalayan foothills, from Darjeeling in the east, through Nepal, and on to Himachal Pradesh in the west. Everyone knows Darjeeling, most tea drinkers know Nepal; however, very few know about Himachal Pradesh as a tea terroir. You’re now in on the secret. We love their commitment to flavour and purity, bringing out the expressive flavours of their terroir.

Batch PRGT-01 2019

 

This 50kg batch of green tea was made for us in the 2nd flush season of 2019. It’s a craft made, large-leaf tea. The key step in making any green tea is heating, which stops the oxidation (stops the leaf going brown). The Mountain Green is pan heated, contributing to its sappy, floral flavour profile. Green teas are almost always best drunk young; however, there are some which age. It was a surprise for us that this is one of those green teas that ages well. After tasting in Autumn 2021, this sappy and floral tea has begun to develop stone fruit notes, and a slightly sticky dark sugar note. It has kept its overall light body and low tannins making this a smooth, sweet, ageing green tea.

 

Infuse 3g (1.5tbsp) at 70°C for 3 mins.

Batch PRGT-01 2021

 

Like the 2019, this batch is a beautiful large-leaf tea which was pan heated to keep it green. This tea from 2021 is from the 1st flush season, picked at the end of March. It’s complex but approachable and easy to drink. The younger of the two, it’s naturally sweet, juicy, and sappy, with a light body and almost no tannins. It has hints of old-fashioned jar sweets to it. I expect it will become more rounded, sticky, and caramel sweet as it ages over the next 3 years. If you enjoy light, smooth green teas, this is the ideal tea for you.

 

Infuse 3g (1.5tbsp) at 70°C for 3 mins.

Storage and Ageing

 

As with most green teas, store in a cool dry place, away from moisture and direct sunlight. While green teas don’t usually age, this tea is one of the exceptions. Our expectation is that they will develop over a few years. Drink young or age for up to 5 years from picking.