Australia Arakai Summer Black Tea

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Tea type
Black Tea
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Fruity, Malt, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla, Mineral, Molasses, Wood, Citrus, Cinnamon, Yeast
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Use 8 oz / 225 ml of water
Set water temperature to 205 °F / 96 °C
Use 4 g of tea
Steep for 1 min, 30 sec
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6 Tasting Notes View all

“Sipdown. Fruity, smooth, malty, little sweet. Vanilla? I’m not sure, I had to make-shift a Keurig cup to get my hot water. Different water than at home too. If I could get it to taste like this...” Read full tasting note
“Like a cross between a taiwanese black and a mellow georgian black, but maltier and woodier. With a sweet after taste. This is definitely a good one. I’m currently exploring hongcha from different...” Read full tasting note
“Woodsy and mildly earthy malt with a hint of sweetness. The tea develops a very slight cinnamon note in the finish. Smooth and pleasant.” Read full tasting note
“This was my sample in my last what-cha order. I did 2 min at just under boiling water. It had a pleasant spicy flavor with a bit of tannic brightness. The tannic bit wasn’t unplanted but coated the...” Read full tasting note


A smooth sweet tea with notes of cinnamon and hints of wood, reminiscent of Taiwanese black teas.

Sourced direct from Arakai Estate, a small family run estate estate in Australia who have only just started commercial tea production having planted their first tea plants back in 2012. Although Arakai exclusively use Japanese cultivars, they have drawn inspiration from Taiwanese processing techniques and their tea as a result exhibits unique characteristics with notes reminiscent of both Japanese and Taiwanese teas.

Arakai’s dedication to producing unique high quality tea has already seen them win awards for best Australian green tea and best overall green tea and best Australian black tea (this very tea!) in the Golden Leaf Awards.

Tasting Notes:
- Smooth texture with no bitterness
- Sweet taste with cinnamon and subtle wood notes

Harvest: Summer, early February 2016
Altitude: 580m
Cultivar: Blend of Meiryoku, Okumidori, Yutakamidori and Fushin
Origin: Arakai Estate, Bellthorpe, Queensland, Australia
Farmer: Brendon Collins
Sourced: Direct from the farmer
Percentage of price going back to the farmer: 35%+

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