One of Tea Trekker’s recent favorite teas, this addition to our 2021 selection is not one of Jun Chiyabari’s large-leaf, hand-made Nepali teas. Nor is it the Fine-Leaf offering that we have had from them the last two years! This tea is a special manufacture that they were able to make this past autumn because the plants and the weather both cooperated to produce a leaf as fine as it has been the last several years, but that is also ‘tippy’, a style that we enjoy quite a bit. Those of you who have tried the ‘Fine-Leaf’ black from Nepal during the past several years will recognize the general style of this leaf, but will notice that the tippiness adds both a softer character and deeper flavor to the steeped tea. There will also be more of the caramel, cacao, and malty taste that helps to define most of the delicious black teas from these tea gardens at ‘The Roof of the World’.
This leaf is both hand-plucked and hand-processed, but is manufactured from smaller, and therefore shorter leaf, so the finished tea is also 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 in 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 here at Tea Trekker tend to source (and therefore 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 to add this shorter, machine-cut but hand-processed tea to our selection this year for several reasons, not the least of which is that the size is easier for most tea drinkers to measure.
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, biscuit flavor and classic black tea aromatic qualities than the Nepal Dark Heart has. This year with the influence of the increase in tip this tea has reached a new level of excellence.
Limited quantities are available, so be aware.
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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