Himalayan Moondrops ~ Jun Chiyabari
Himalayan Moondrops // 2021
From Jun Chiyabari Garden, within the foothills surrounding Hile, Dhankuta District, Eastern Himalayan region of Nepal.
Zero Waste Refill (in store collection only at present)
This tea is organically grown!
Exquisite leaves that have a lightly twisted and curled form, dark, deep browns or olive green in colour with a lightly roasted fruity sweet aroma. The damp leaves offering a rounded, toasty and leather like aroma. The tea soup is a fresh, pale yellow, with a light and fragrant aroma. A medium body and smooth mouthfeel, bright, pure and fragrant flavours giving a brisk mineral quality and deliciously fruity flavours coupled with and biscuity notes, also little to no astringency.
High quality, Spring’21 harvest, individually plucking the finest leaves from seed varietals, rather than colonial cultivars, undergoing a partially oxidised limited production following Jun Chiyabari unique techniques. This batch (April/early May21) being extra roasted to allow for some maturing, developing into a well rounded and balanced tea in the coming months.
Jun Chiyabari Garden ~ The Moonlit Tea Garden was established by brothers, Bachan and Lochan Gyawali in 2000 with land acquired the following August for the planting and cultivation of tea bushes growing at between 1650-2200 metres elevation (Average 1850m) with a strong commitment to organic, biodynamic and ecological friendly practices, and respect for the plants, the environment and its people. Their practice and philosophy moving further towards ‘natural farming’ guided by the approach of Masanobu Fukuoka. With a production season from March to December, informed by Chinese production techniques using a mix of local, imperial and Darjeeling cultivars, (the latter being replaced for Chinese, Taiwanese or Japanese cultivars) producing pure high mountain teas at their factory. The garden spans 96 hectares in 6 divisions across several hills benefitting from unique microclimates and environment including mountain brooks and streams running through with wild trees, pine forest, bamboo and wildlife.
Brew Guide Per Cup:
Tea 1 teaspoon (3g)
Water 90*c // 300ml
Time 2-3 minutes
Reinfuse leaves x 3 to personal taste
Brew Guide Gong fu Style For Gaiwan:
Tea - 3-5g
Water - 95*c // 100ml
Brew time - 1st infusion 30sec, 2nd infusion 45 sec, 3rd infusion 60sec, Increasing by 5-10 secs thereafter.
Reinfuse leaves up to 4-5 infusions.