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How white tea is made?

White tea is most likely not everyone's cup of tea. It is one of the most delicate varieties of teas made from Camellia Sinensis and if you are after strong and bold tastes then most likely you are not going to find that in white tea. How white tea is made can come as a surprise as the making process is rather simple and fast. White tea is usually made in early spring when tea bushes are getting their first fresh leaves. In the process of making white tea, the harvest is the most important part - to choose the finest and most delicate parts from the tea bush – a bud and one leaf.  Harvest for white tea, Renegade...

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From an abandoned jungle to a working tea plantation. Part two.

Read the pre-story here. 1. The first shoots come out... So, we cleaned the first plantation, Renegade Estate, in the winter of 2017-2018.  After finishing the cleaning works, there were 4 long months of waiting until we saw that tea was actually starting to come back on most parts of the plantation. During this time we heard a lot of opinions that we should put concentrated, chemical fertilizers and without this, it will not start to grow or will grow very poorly. At some point, I think we even started to question ourselves, thinking that maybe it is true, maybe we can’t do it without fertilizers. But we were determined to do it organically, so we waited a little more. 2....

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From an abandoned jungle to a working tea plantation- what does it take?

If you have been following us, you have heard a lot that there’s a lot of work and little harvest at the moment since the bushes need time to recover. But maybe you haven’t really dug deep into the story of how we started? So, here’s an overview of how we turned one of our plantations (there’s 3), Renegade Estate, from a complete jungle to a working plantation.   Also, during the time of rehabilitation, we got so many different suggestions on what to do and what not to do. If you ever want to rehabilitate a tea plantation, then here’s what worked for us. It might not work in another climate, so you need to take into account the specifics...

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Two and a half years in Georgia

Season two at the Renegade Tea Estate has officially concluded as the last batch of our teas from Georgia has finally arrived in Tallinn. So, it is a proper time to make a small summary of the year we had at our Estate. To be honest, it was a tough one. Maybe not as nerve-wracking as the first season, but close enough. It's not that we had some unpleasant surprises or unexpected crises. It's more the constant struggle with a mixture of things - like our own incompetence and the steep learning curve in pretty much everything we do or the lack of funds or numerous other curveballs.  After two seasons, one thing is clear - we did not predict...

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