One of Tea Trekker’s recent favorite teas, this addition to our selection from Jun Chiyabari is not one of their large-leaf, hand-made teas. This leaf is both hand-plucked and hand-processed, but is manufactured from shorter leaf, so the finished tea is smaller in over-all size than most of the tea that we source from our friends at Jun Chiyabari Tea Gardens. Similarly, though, it is hand-rolled and finished, which differentiates it from most tea production in other Himalaya gardens in Nepal, Darjeeling, and Sikkim. This Fine-Leaf Black tea is actually the style of leaf manufacture that has solidified the reputation of the Jun Chiyabari Tea Gardens. Far more quantity of this traditional style tea is produced each year than of the larger, fancy-grades that we tend to associate with this highly-regarded garden.
This exquisite black tea is reminiscent in flavor to our Everest Dark Heart tea that so many Tea Trekker tea enthusiasts have come to know and love. While being smaller, folded tightly, and manufactured to a more traditional standard, there is an abundance of clarity to the style of the finished tea. We chose this shorter, machine-cut but hand-processed tea for several reasons: the size is easier for most tea drinkers to measure, and the cost is significantly lower.
The flavor is a bit heartier than that of the Everest Dark Heart, and has a deeper showing of the dried fruit and nutty, toasty flavor and aromatic qualities that the Nepal Dark Heart has.
We find that this tea is even more likely to provide a second re-steeping and will accept the addition of milk or sweetener better than other Himalaya black teas.
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