Plucked from the high slopes of Santikhiri (Peace Hill) in northwestern Thailand, Ambrosia breakfast tea is a testament to the interconnection of three kingdoms: insect, plant, and animal. Tender tea shoots are bitten by jassids, which cause the plant to release an alluring scent, attracting predators of the insect. Producer Mr. Lu’s task is to court the jassids to his garden and pluck the bitten shoots.
To those hesitant of the notion of bug-bitten leaves, there’s a famous Thai quip: “Mai pen rai,” meaning, simply, “nevermind.”
40g box of loose leaf tea.
Flavour: plush, full-bodied and sweet with notes of hawthorn berries, baked peach, and mead
Region: Chiang Rai, Thailand
Variety: TTES #17 Ruan Zhi 'Soft Stem'
Elevation: 850-1200 masl
Harvest Date: April 2021
Producer: Mr. Lu
Serving size: 5g
Water: 340ml at 96°C (205°F)