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Manipur Wild Galangal Black
Manipur Wild Galangal Black
Manipur Wild Galangal Black
Manipur Wild Galangal Black
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Manipur Wild Galangal Black

Wild black tea with wild galangal, both foraged from the forests of Manipur. Notes of fennel, forest floor, cedar, tobacco, hay and honey.
1.06 oz (30 g) box
$12.00
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Churachandpur valley, Manipur

Origin

Churachandpur valley, Manipur

Season - Seasonal plucking

Season

Seasonal plucking

Altitude - 3000 ft

Altitude

3000 ft

Cultivar - Wild Assamica trees

Cultivar

Wild Assamica trees

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Tea Type

Loose leaf black tea

This tea is intriguing as it is absolutely wild! The tea bushes in the forests of Manipur have grown in the wild and naturally for centuries. The galangal in this black tea also grows wild in the forest. Galangal is a rhizome belonging to the same family as ginger and is a culinary spice in south-east Asian cooking. Based on Ayurveda, galangal also has medicinal properties and helps with digestion. The wild galangal used in this tea, is of the lesser galangal variety and has a fennel flavor instead of the usual ginger and pepper flavors. When it mingles with the woody forest notes of the wild tea leaves, the combination is sublime and gives an immense sense of satisfaction. 

The method of infusing the galangal rhizome flavors in the black tea is rigorous and meticulous. Unlike most blending, which is done by mixing dried tea leaves with dried herbs and spices, the blending of the wild galangal black tea is adopted from the method used to infuse flavors of jasmine in Chinese jasmine teas. Fresh galangal rhizomes are blended overnight with fresh wild tea leaves in a basket, separated in the morning, and then the tea leaves alone are sun-dried. The process is then repeated several times to achieve the right flavors and aromas. It has been thought that this method of blending gives a lovely aromatic infusion of flavors.

Dry leaves

Dark brown in color with small pieces of galangal that are the color of sawdust. Mildly sweet aroma reminiscent of fennel.

Wet leaves

Copper in color with fennel, honey and baked notes.

Tea liquor

Translucent with a gorgeous amber color and has a gentle smoky and sweet aroma. It has a good mouthfeel, medium body, linen texture, medium astringency, lingering aftertaste. Mostly sweet with some sour and bitterness. Initial notes of cedar wood, forest floor, and hay are later mingled with fennel. The notes of fennel are lovely and aromatic, bringing a lot of calm.

Tasting Profile

Sweet - honey
Woody - cedar
Earthy - forest floor
Fire - tobacco
Vegetal - fennel, hay

Caffeine Level

Caffeine Level Caffeine Level Caffeine Level Caffeine Level

High-Moderate

Make the perfect tea

Steeping Instructions

Western Style

Number of infusions per 2.5 g serving: 3

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Quantity
Quantity

2.5 gms of tea (use a digital scale)

2
Temperature
Temperature

120-150 ml (4-5 fl-oz) or 1/2 - 2/3rd cup of water at 90°C - 99°C (or 195°F - 210°F)

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Steeping Time
Steeping Time
  • 1st infusion:1 minute
    Pour and enjoy
  • 2nd infusion:30 - 45 seconds
  • 3rd infusion:30 - 45 seconds

Gongfu Style

This tea works great for the gongfu method of steeping as it helps coax out all the subtle flavors.

1
Quantity
Quantity

We recommend 5 gm of tea

2
Temperature
Temperature

100 ml water (approximate 10-20 ml of water per 1 gm of tea) at 85°C - 90°C (or 185°F - 195°F).

3
Steeping Time
Steeping Time
  • Steep the tea for 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 45s, and then maybe a minute each time until it loses flavor.
Manipur

Origin

Where your tea comes from

Surrounded by small hills and narrow valleys, Churachandpur, locally called Lamka, is the second largest town in Manipur after Imphal. Misty and cloudy with rainfall throughout the year, the hills surrounding the valley make for an ideal setting for the growth of quality tea. Tea has grown wild and thrived in these forests for centuries. Wild tea bushes have deeper root systems and, therefore, can absorb higher nutrients from the soil and develop complex flavors. In addition, the surrounding flora helps add further unique flavors and aromas to the tea. The tea leaves are foraged from these wild tea bushes and then handcrafted by mountain artisans. The tea leaves are harvested from wild tea bushes, no chemicals or fertilizers are used, and the forest's natural ecosystem is preserved.

Meet

Chaiwala Sangai

The sangai is an endangered subspecies of Elds deer found only in Manipur, India. According to Manipur folklore the animal has a deep cultural significance and is symbolized as the connecting soul between humans and nature.

Chaiwala Sangai

Customer Reviews

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Morgan M.
Excellent and unusual

I wasn't sure what to expect from this tea, but it's become one of my favorites. The deep, smoky flavor of the tea pairs with the sweet fennel-like wild galangal to make a cup that is unique and almost otherworldly. This will be a staple of my tea pantry.

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