Nepalese tea stands at a crossroads, both in geography and process. Surrounded by China and India, orthodox production in this mountainous country is relatively new; the Jun Chiyabari tea garden, which makes this black tea, was founded in 2001. Utilizing cultivars from nearby Darjeeling, and techniques from Taiwan and Japan, this organic farm crafts unique varieties.
Harvested at the beginning of May–at elevations near 6,000 feet–this leaf has undergone a long period of withering, careful rolling and oxidation. The result is a cup reminiscent of a Darjeeling 2nd Flush, but with more intense fruitiness. The rich fragrance of black cherries, oak and wintergreen further distinguishes this sweet black tea.
Tasting Notes: black cherry, wintergreen, wood
Year of Production: Spring 2017