This tea is relatively light-fermented and tea has a refreshing floral scent reminiscent of flowers with a hint of fresh leafy note.
It is a tea with a pure and refreshing scent that makes you feel like you are drinking a high-end white tea rather than a black tea.
Yanki is a very small producer.
Most of the tea estates in Darjeeling are managed by large-scale organizations. But there are only about four family-run producers like Yanki in the whole of Darjeeling.
The founder of Yanki is a woman and is named Yankutamang, so she seems to use the nickname of Yanki for her brand.
Small tea producers are basically not as rich as the big organizations. They cannot afford to buy fertilizers and pesticides. For this reason, the tea garden is naturally farmed, and the raw materials of tea are extremely high quality.
Darjeeling tea with this level of aftertaste is very rare, and the quality of the water and the softness of the taste are overwhelming.
This tea is grown in sustainable style: the gardens are maintained in natural farming style, and the tea trees are grown by limiting the use of fertilizers. The tea gardens are close to the condition of nature.
Unlike the common Darjeeling tea, these teas grow slowly, and the tea leaves have a high cell density and it is rich in minerals and tea substances, so it gives a long-lasting taste with deep finishing, and tea can be brewed many times like those natural farming pu-erh teas and white teas.
A lot of people tend to think that the tea flavor is the best when tea is freshly produced. It is absolutely true if tea is kept with oxygen (means that tea is packed without removing the oxygen from the package before sealing the package).
However, the flavor of semi-fermented/fermented tea becomes stronger and more gorgeous when it is aged without oxygen. So, HOJO basically does not sell it immediately after receiving it. Instead, we re-packed the teas in oxygen-free packaging and kept it in Malaysia.
For these spring teas, after keeping it in oxygen-free packaging for nearly a year, the aroma components have matured, and the flavour and sweetness in taste have increased.
Aged tea has a weak aroma immediately after opening
Tea that has been kept without oxygen for a while normally is mild in flavor when the bag of tea is just open. It does not have strong aroma immediately after opening.
Just like decanting wine, tea will emit more up-lifting flavor when it is lightly oxidized with air.
Normally, after opening the bag of tea, the tea flavor becomes stronger after 2-3 days. The flavor intensity increases a lot and the sweetness increases too. Tea taste becomes smoother with more lingering finishing.