A floral fragrance of 5000 kilometers. That’s how the Thais sweetly named Osamanthus flower in their language to praise its rich aroma that can spread distantly.
This fragranced flowering plant is native to China and is widely consumed in Asia. The use of Osamanthus bloom in tea like white, green, black and Oolong tea dates back to Ming Dynasty in China. It’s probably one of the finest examples of flowers and tea leaves being used together. In very traditional Chinese wedding, Osamanthus is associated with marriage and family, thus, it is a plant symbol of love, honest and gracefulness between lovers.
In Thailand, Osamanthus is beloved for its delicately characteristic aroma that the Thai named it meaningfully “Hom Muen Li” which means a floral fragrance of 5000 kilometers”. When “Hom Muen Li” dried blossoms are infused with fresh Oolong tea leaves, the blend brings about a reminiscence of sweet summer apricots, adding fruity flavor notes on the tea that easily wins the hearts of tea drinkers who previously fell for jasmine tea and enhancing the visual appeal at the same time.
We take you up on the hilltops of Doi Mae Sa Long Mountain in Chiang Rai province about 1,200 meters above sea level, right in the heart of the Golden Triangle, where you are allowed to inhale pure fresh air, enjoy the magical scenery, and experience those beautiful Oolong tea fields on the fertile slopes with Osamanthus trees in bloom grown in line beautifully.
Doi Mae Sa Long itself gains the worldwide reputation for its excellent Oolong tea quality owing to the geographic and climates conditions that are simply tailor-made for cultivation of tea plants. The signature hand-picked Oolong teas here are Jin Xuan Oolong No. 12, Ruan Zhi Oolong No.17, Four Seasons Oolong, Dong Ding Oolong and Oriental Beauty Oolong—a big variety of Oolong tea that could only be called “heaven on earth” for Oolong fans.
The village of Doi Mae Sa Long is inhabited by the Yunnan Chinese, whose ancestors eventually found their way after the Chinese Civil War to set up a peaceful village on the hilltops with permission from the Thai government. Although the village is quite small but it is big enough to welcome the tourists seeking cuddling happiness under warm blanket during Thailand’s cool season (December-February).
However, the one- fine-day joy on Doi Mae Sa Long can happen for all seasons. Either the time of temperate weather when cool wind starts to blow or the rainy season when things get greener than ever and the clouds come even closer to greet, one can still be delighted by panoramically mountainous views and all those what only nature can bring. And with a sip of Osamanthus scented warm tea, you will surely wish this perfect moment would last as it might.
Our Osamanthus Tea collection captures all the wonderfulness from Doi Mae Sa Long’s slow pace to create another Sabai-arom experience reflecting a unique experience of nothing-else-come-close to the sweetness of Osamanthus tea. We invite you to take on a journey of floral fragrance that scents 5000 kilometers away for you can be always happy a distance wherever you will go!