We know that many of you who are fans of this glorious tea have been waiting to have a taste of the current harvest’s manufacture.
We are thrilled to offer this spring 2017 harvest of our best-selling and incredibly delicious High Himalaya Hand-Rolled Tips from Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden in Nepal. The 2017 production of this tea was delayed by the weather (as was most of the early plucking in Asia) and the result of this is that the teas in general and especially the tea produced from the earliest pluckings possible (which were 2-3 weeks later than ‘normal’) are incredibly deeply-flavored and concentrated. In many instances the early pluckings, in addition to retaining some of their traditional elusive and lighter characteristics, were also able to develop much of the heft and smoothness that resembles the later harvested tea of most years. So while we often wait to purchase many of our Himalaya teas until the season has progressed a little, this season we are quite impressed with the flavor and style profile of the teas that we have been sampling from these earlier-than-usual-for-us harvests.
This gorgeous Nepal black tea is from the Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden, a small & exclusive single estate located in the Himalayan hills of mid-eastern Nepal. Jun Chiyabari’s tea gardens are located at 6,000 to 6,500 feet in the ‘hills’ around Hile, a typical Himalaya hill-town, about 15 km west of Ilam (the major tea-producing region of eastern Nepal) not far from Sikkim and Darjeeling to the east, and Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) to the north.
Tea Trekker’s Nepal High Himalaya Hand-Rolled Tips 2017 is a Spring-plucked tea, which means this year it is from the early May season harvest. In Nepal, Spring tea is some of the best black tea from the region – ever so slightly astringent but primarily sweet, brisk and full of flavor. The fresh leaf is large and juicy, and is perfect for hand-rolling the tea throughout the processing. This year’s production has nuances of toasted brioche and brisk fruitiness in its aroma. We found it to have the biggest aroma of any Nepal black tea that we have sampled for some time. The flavor is appealing and broad – everything from a yeasty toasti-ness to a cherry-pip-clean brightness. The aroma is outstanding, not so much in the dry leaf, but once water is applied, you won’t believe the aromatic quality that this tea offers.
The golden color of the tea liquor is quite unique and shows how well-fired this leaf was during the finishing phase of manufacture. All-in-all, this is a very well-made tea that does not challenge the palate but leaves it completely satisfied with layers of flavor that linger well after the tea is all consumed.
High Himalaya Hand-Rolled Tips 2017 Spring is comprised of large, well-shaped leaf. The tea is as beautiful to look at as it is delicious to drink. The leaf is large, quite open, plump, and lofty. As the garden’s tea director says: “Hand-rolling is a laborious and time consuming task that requires patience, tender touch and a passion for creation from the person rolling the leaves to ensure that everything is perfect. This is why only women are selected for this delicate task”.
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