Indian & Nepal tea : Nepal Jun Chiyabari

Nepal Jun Chiyabari

HOR (Himalayan Orange)

Nepal Jun Chiyabari

Nepal

Jun Chiyabari tea garden

HOR (Himalayan Orange)

 

Nepal is a South Asian country with an area of 140800 square kilometers, bordered by China (Tibetan Autonomous Region) to the North and by India to the South. By adopting and combining vast knowledge and experience of these two countries, Nepal managed to create a novel peculiar culture based on the spiritual elements of different religions. This land is said to be full of so-called “places of power” due to great amount of ancient sacred points, cave temples high in the mountains and the sensible presence of great spiritual Masters.

Nature has blessed this tiny country with multifarious flora and fauna, majestic mountain ranges, mighty rivers and scenic valleys. More than 40% of Nepal’s territory stands on a height of 3000 m and above. The Great Himalayan Range which abuts the country’s northern part is notorious for several peaks exceeding 8000 m above sea level including the planet’s highest, Mount Everest (8848 m) known as “the crown of the world”.

According to some sources, first tea bushes in the country were grown from the seeds gifted from the Chinese Emperor to the Nepal Prime Minister. Others suppose that bushes were brought from India, Darjeeling district, in the late 19th century, and were planted at the height about 5000 feet above sea level.

Up to the end of the 20th century Nepal was considered to be inaccessible, almost mythical country. Local tea was forbidden to export on account of unstable political environment and high demand for it within the country. In the year 1982 His Majesty King of Nepal declared five districts (Jhapa, Ilam, Panchthar, Dhankuta and Terhathum) as special Tea Areas and gave a support to small farms. In this way, world-famous tea plantations were established.

Small private Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden covers an area of 75 hectares and 2000 m above the sea level in the Eastern Himalayas region in Dhankuta district. Owing to attentive professional tea-growers who work with bushes from China, Taiwan, Japan and India’s Darjeeling, and suitable weather conditions, Jun Chiyabari Tea Estate soon became some kind of a region’s hallmark, well-known for its distinctive high-quality tea blends. Connoisseurs will always recognize a special flavor of this variety finding it refined and delicate yet rich and full-bodied.

Unlike other black teas, HOR grade type is semi-fermented (~90%) and on this basis can be classified as Oolong. “First flush”, notable for smooth, mild taste, strong fresh aroma and light color, is picked during March and April after spring rainfalls.