Elevation is one of the teas that Global Tea Hut sends every year. Its is a nice Taiwanese red tea from Sun Moon Lake that is organically grown by Mr. Shu. Part of the reason that it is sent every year is because its a great tea for bowl tea That is, simply leaves and water in a bowl. The other reason is that Global Tea Hut buys whatever teas that Mr. Shu has left over at the end of the year. Since Mr. Shu is an organic farmer, by buying his teas, this lets him focus mainly on tea growing. This emphasizes Global Tea Hut’s mission, which is to support sustainable tea farming methods.
As mentioned, this is a great tea to have in a bowl. For starters, one could pour 90 degrees celcius water in a bowl with some leaves. One will find that Elevation’s large tea leaves are fairly patient and one can expect to get 2-3 bowls out of it. Elevation also has tastes and aromas that are similar to many Taiwan teas that are assamica blends. The folks at Global Tea requested that the tea not be as highly oxidized as other red teas. This results in a tea that is less sweet and more astringer, compared to other red teas. This is done in order to preserve the energy of the tea.
I don’t think one will notice the slight astringency as much if one brews it as bowl tea. It has a nice viscouscity that coats the mouth well and is quite smooth. Elevation is actually quite sweet and and has a nice yang energy.
Elevation is a prefect tea for bowl tea. Since it is quite patient and forgiving, so its hard to misbrew this tea. Furthermore, its nice, smooth yang energy is uplifting and is a perfect tea for the morning.