Organic Java Halimun Red Dragon
Records show that in 1684 the first tea was planted on Java by the Dutch using seeds obtained from Japan for the China tea bush cultivar (Camellia sinensis var. sinensis). These first government established tea gardens lived, but barely, and didn’t flourish, bringing Java’s tea cultivation to a near stand still until about 1835.
Spurred by the success of the British and their thriving Assam gardens, the Dutch began to explore tea cultivation with renewed interest. Realizing the potential profit to be made from successful tea production, the Dutch planters convinced the Dutch government to give up sole control of the tea industry.
This tea grows on the idylli Mount Halimun in the west of Java far away from any urban centres. The red tangy-sweet cup with its range of flavours and its fine, exclusive character is a favourite amongst experts.