Lalani & Co Kyoto Oolong 2016
Inviting apricot notes, a vibrant fruity acidity, smooth texture, and biscuity base notes.
Lalani & Co is a family run company, founded out of a love for exquisite tea and craft produce.
Across the world, tea is made in batches. Each batch varies due to the season, soil, elevation and producer. Every batch has its own flavour notes and quality, even within a garden or season, from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Most teas in the world end up sold to the markets and blended.
Lalani & Co specialises in finding extraordinary small-batch teas. We choose from the most talented gardens, from particular elevations. They know the seasonality of tea and which are the premium seasons to buy in. They even go into the detail of the varietals of tea plant used and the making process for the batch. These teas express the best flavour of their region and Lalani & Co ensure we find the best, made as a luxury craft, with the same artisan skill as with a family vineyard or a small whisky distillery.
These limited editions are brought into their collection. Some are fresh, some are aged in the UK to become vintage batches. Each one is chosen with meticulous care and skill. Lalani & Co believe in showing full provenance so you know the story of each batch and how the flavour comes about.
They pride ourselves on holding a seasonally changing collection where you can come to find the most exquisite single-batch teas available. Each one is a beautiful flavour expression of its terroir which whispers its provenance story to you palate with every sip.
Region: Kyoto, Japan
Producer: Nakai Family Gardens
Season: Sanbancha (Autumn) 2016
Batch: 161012-40 (Organic) 100kg
This is a super interesting and incredibly rare oolong from Japan. Inviting apricot notes, a vibrant fruity acidity, smooth texture, and biscuity base notes.
It’s very unusual to find an oolong from Japan. Japan is a country of immaculate tea gardens and sublime green teas. Generations of experience has gone into cultivating some of the most perfect green teas on earth.
Lalani & Co are experts in bringing you exciting new teas, so we are pleased to bring you this elusive oolong.
The Kyoto Oolong comes from the Nakai family’s garden. They’re pioneers of organic farming in Japan and have been in tea cultivation for 7 generations. Nakai-san is a tea grower with an experimental edge.
The leaves are initially sun-withered, followed by oxidation, firing, and a long overnight roll. The leaves are a little rustic (Japan is not used to making oolongs) but the flavour is well worth it.
On the palate, it’s very complex. This is a sweet oolong. There’s a lively fruity acidity and apricot character. This combines with a creamy, syrupy texture and a toasty biscuity character. All together, it’s reminiscent of an apricot cheesecake.