Java Malabar OP
Region: Java is the second largest of the Indonesian islands and is the centre of tea production. Malabar is in the province of West Java near Mount Malabar; it was formerly well-known as a hill station during the Dutch period in Indonesia.
Malabar Tea Estate is one of the main tea estates in the area, it was for many years (1886-1928) managed by the Dutch planter and philanthropist Karel Albert Rudolf Bosscha.
For tasting the tea was steeped in 140ml water at 100⁰C for five minutes.
Leaf: large even twisted leaf, dark brown, with pleasant fruity aroma
Infusion – visual: dark copper colour, neatly twisted from small leaf
Infusion – aroma: clean and sweet with a hint of menthol
Liquor – visual: light red cup
Liquor – taste: sweet with a refreshing acidity; a nice cedar wood aftertaste.
Summary: this is a very individual tea with a distinctive character – well worth getting acquainted with.