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Arunachal Vintage Green

6.28 8 cups
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ORGANICALLY GROWN
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A fine rare craft green tea from the organic Wakro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh, handpicked at an altitude of 1400 ft. The loosely rolled leaves with abundant silver tips almost look like a peony white tea. When infused, the bright green leaves looks like freshly plucked leaves from a garden. The liquor is surprisingly mellow and smoothest of our range with a hint of dried almonds and Himalayan wild flowers with a vegetal nose.
General
Product Title: Arunachal Vintage Green
Tea Type: green tea
Caffeine: LOW
Origin: ARUNACHAL PRADESH
Flush/Season: AUTUMN FLUSH
Grade: WHOLE LEAF
Date of Manufacturing: September 7, 2017
SKU: WKRGRN
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About the Wakro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh

Nestled in the Mishmi Hills is a tiny laidback town in Lohit district called Wakro. Situated at an altitude of 1400ft, Wakro is inhabited primarily by people from the Khampti, Singpho and Deori tribes. In this tiny town, a beautiful story unfurled in the late 2000s. Basamlu was working on orange plantation till an oncologist prescribed a daily dose of organic green tea for her mother Gutitun who had been suffering from cancer (the illness has since been arrested). In order to avoid traveling miles often to get the chemical-free beverage from Assam’s Dibrugarh town, she was struck by the idea of growing it in her backyard. From 2009 to 2012, Basamlu grew organic tea on a piece of land measuring 45 bighas and later she started processing tea in her own factory . Wakro is a place where 99 families in every 100 households grow opium to eke out a living – a consequence of the opium wars, similar to the one in China’s Qing Dynasty, beneath the colonial rule in 1800s. Basamlu realized that farming organic tea may just be the answer for the locals who are addicted to opium; instead of growing opium, the locals can instead grow tea, which is also a high-value crop. Today, she has been able to inspire at least a dozen opium farmers to carry out small tea plantation that includes a 3.6 hectare land owned by a former opium addict. Not only does she supply tea plants to them on a deferred payment basis, but she also buys their organic harvest. Being a high altitude plantation, Wakro produces some of the finest and rarest aromas in Assamica breed that are nurtured by the cool breeze from the Himalayas, the fertile soil and the altitude. A micro-factory, along with traditional machines, is utilized to manufacture special batches of some of the most exotic hand-sorted rare teas for us.