Lakyrsiew Estate is located in the southern part of the state of Meghalaya in the northeastern part of India. This region is situated just south of the larger and more well-known tea-producing region of Assam. It is a mountainous area with scenic valleys and mountain plateaus and the climate is variable, depending on the landscape. It does have the distinction of being able to claim that the “wettest place on earth” resides within its borders. Lakyrsiew is situated on the banks of Umiam lake in the Khasi Hills at an elevation of approximately 3,700 feet. It was established in 2000 using locally-grown tea plants that were planted and then abandoned 170 years ago by the East India Company. This award-winning, small-batch garden produces about 4,000 pounds of tea each year. Heavy rains bathe the plants during the monsoon season and lake mist protects them during the dry season.
This micro lot is hand-crafted from a blend of AV2, BB157, and T78 cultivar tea plants that were planted in 2006. The leaves receive a light pan-roasting before being rolled, which yields a balanced, viscous, medium-bodied infusion with umami, fruity, and sweet notes and a slight toasty finish.