Yuchi Rhythm 21 Organic "Melody of Lotus" Black Tea - Summer 2022Taiwan Sourcing
This summer was truly full of surprises. In the past three years, the Yeh family's plantation suffered from pest issue which resulted in a low yield of Rhythm 21. This is a varietal that is known for its low harvest yield when it comes to organic practice. For this reason, the tea was absent in our collection for years.
This relatively new varietal was officially published by TRES back in 2008. Known for its unique characteristics but low harvest, the tea became a sought-after item in the black tea market. The Yeh family kept their promise of notifying us when there will be enough of a harvest. Such opportunity finally came abruptly on a properly hot day. The entire island was burning as we made our way through the midsummer night of Yuchi. The material was glowing in the withering sink with tempting fragrance - we finally had another encounter of this beautiful varietal.
We are glad to announce this could be the deepest Rhythm 21 in the market. It is full potential has yet to be released at the moment of writing. The pure taste of mango fruit and lotus petals were something we never encountered in a black tea before, making this a purifying experience for any tea lover who is seeking the finest representation of black tea.
Harvest: Summer 2022 / 夏 貳零貳貳
Varietal: Rhythm 21 / 紅韻 廿壹號
Elevation: 600 M / 陸佰 公尺
Region: Yuchi Dayan / 魚池 大雁村
Fermentation Level: 85 % / 分之 捌拾伍
Roast Level: 0 Run Dry / 走乾
An old dog had lots of sentimental feeling while having this tea brewed. It always seems like a huge challenge when we were trying to improve what was established, but breakthrough or sublimation often happened without any apparent hint until the tea was done and tasted. This was what we witness on this beautifully grown and made Rhythm 21. The overall character of it could only be described as "cleansing."