This tea comes from one of the highest mountains in Thailand situated in Fang district and is cultivated by a family with a history in tea production.
The business dates back to the 1960s when a Lahu hill tribe leader from Yunnan began planting seeds from the original wild tea plant for personal use alongside his opium plantation. He expanded his farm in 1971 after a visit by the Thai King who provided him with camellia sinensis assamica tea plants in order to replace and eradicate opium production.
Today the wild and gifted plants grow alongside each other and are tended to by his sons and daughters.
Tea from Pai
This old Miang plantation is situated between Pai and Chiang Mai and boasts tea plants up to 300 years old. The tea is left to grow among the forest vegetation in a wild way without being pruned.
In the 1960s, two friends and tea specialists from Yunnan established a tea factory in this Miang plantation. The factory is one of the oldest tea factories in Thailand. Today their daughters run the tea factory.
This tea comes from old Miang trees which were planted in the highland forests of Mae Taeng. The tea trees are pruned to ease picking and yield more buds. The forest is cleared from bushes to facilitate access but all trees are preserved.
Tea from Mae Ai
Monsoon Tea sources both wild and free-grown teas from Mae Ai.
Our jungle tea comes from wild tea bushes in the forests of Mae Ai near the Burmese border. Their isolation means that farmers have to walk for four hours in order to reach the plants. It is a primitive and extremely rare plant yielding a remarkably delicious tea.
Our free-grown tea from Mae Ai stems from an old Miang plantation dating back more than 100 years. The tea flourishes in a mixed forest and fruit orchard environment and is tended to by a family of Miang producers.