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Fermentation & Oxidation
After our tea goes through the process of hand plucking, withering and through the cut, twist and curl process, the tea leaves goes through our controlled oxidation process, where both the temperature and humidity is strictly controlled. Once the leaves are rolled they are also left for fermentation depending upon the grade of tea we decide to select and use for our selection. At this point the tea leaves undergoes a transformation where the falvour and character of the tea is determined. Tea leaves that go through this process is significantly different from leaves that do not go through this process. The colour of liquor is also dependent upon this process. Amber coloured tea and Yellowish looking tea means that the tea leaves had undergone a semi-oxidization process. The normal colour of tea that everyone sees in the market is due to the full oxidization process. The black or brown colour that is the final product is due the natural biochemical process which starts as soon the cell walls of tea leaves breaks. The process begins immediately after the McKercher's process or after rolling of the leaves in the Orthodox process. Oxidization plays a critical role in determining the flavour of any black tea.
After the rolling of both process, CTC and Orthodox, the leaves are spread out for continuous fermentation. This process is done immediately after the tea is rolled or after it leaves the McKercher's process. The fermenting process is entirely dependent on the type of tea desired and the time period needed aroma or liquor. It is important to note that all tea comes from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis . The different types of tea is all dependent upon the manufacturing process or the way in the leaves are roller, sorted or heated. It is actually a misnomer when describing fermentation of tea, unlike other food products, the term fermentation when applied to tea essentially defines the time allocated for oxidation of the tea leaves. Teas that undergo less fermentation or oxidation retains a unique taste. Green tea and white tea falls under this category. We have perfected all the different kinds of tea and hope you like the selection we have provided for you. We are interested in natural products only and have kept the true nature of tea for each one of the processes.
If you love tea, we encourage you to come and join us for one of our tea tours, where you get to experience first hand how tea is processed and packed.