Arakai Estate, QLD, Premium Black Spring FlushSpring 2018/19
Arakai Estate tea is grown at 580m elevation 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.
Also available to buy in our multi-packs.
Arakai suggest the following:
"Use 200ml of water at 95-100°C with around 5g of tea.
Steep for 30 seconds to 1 minute for a sweet light infusion.
Or, steep for 2-3 minutes for a rich spicy brew.
Leaves can be steeped 3-5 times.
Best enjoyed without milk or sweetener."