Arakai Estate 2-Pack15% cheaper than when bought individually
Arakai Estate tea is grown in the rich volcanic soil and sub-tropical climate of the Bellthorpe Range, west of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.
Family owned and operated, the Arakai team farms holistically and processes the leaves on-site in a style heavily influenced by the Taiwanese. This is evident in the richly flavoured Premium Spring Black tea which is not unlike the Ruby cultivar from Taiwan, or even Japanese black teas, while their Premium, creamy green tea harks to Pouchong in style.
In the family's words: "This gives a deliciously fresh and aromatic liquor that relaxes and revitalizes body, mind and spirit." We couldn't agree more.
Six different Japanese small-leaf varieties of Camellia sinensis var. sinensis are planted on the 1-hectare estate, with the majority coming from Yabukita and Sayamakaori, and the remainder from Meirokyu, Yutakamidori, Fushin and Okumidori.
All nutrition applied to the soil is natural and necessary, and includes microbial inoculants to reduce nitrogen requirements, which maintains natural flavour in the tea.
There are no pesticides or fungicides used on the plantation. Herbicides are occasionally used in weed management when necessary, but the teas are guaranteed residue-free.
Brewing Guidelines from Arakai Estate
Premium Green: Use 5g per 200ml of water at 85-90°C. Steep 30 seconds to 1 minute for a light floral infusion, or 2-3 minutes for a full buttery flavour. Leaves can be steeped 3-5 times.
Premium Sprlng Flush Black: Use 5g per 200ml of water at 95°C. Steep for 30 seconds to 1 minute for a sweet light infusion, or 2-3 minutes for a rich spicy brew. Leves can be steeped 3-5 times.
Both the green and black are best enjoyed without milk or sweetener.