0 items - £0.00
| | | Sign Up
open menu

Himalayan Imperial Black 2021 & 2022

Region: Hile, Nepal
Producer: Jun Chiyabari Garden
Batch: See details (Organic)
A deep and delicious black tea with cocoa, toffee, caramelised sugar notes, and a smooth body.

The Garden


Jun Chiyabari is a young, boutique garden in Nepal, perched in the foothills of the Himalayas reaching over 6,000ft. The garden was founded in the year 2000 by two brothers, Lochan and Bachan, and grown organically from the start. There are many tea cultivars at Jun Chiyabari, and a philosophy of experimentation at this boutique garden.

This Tea


The Imperial Black is a fully oxidised, large leaf black tea, best picked in the Autumn which is unusual for teas in the Himalayan region. The leaves come from mixed clonal cultivars, which are fully oxidised and then fired to slightly caramelise the sugars. We always look for the batches on the more caramelised side as this shows off this style of tea to its full potential. It’s perfect for someone who loves beautiful full-bodied black teas, peaty whiskeys and dark chocolate.

Batch Notes


J184 2021 (30kg batch): A chocolate and caramel forward batch, with some hints of vanilla and fudge, and an earthy dark cacao finish.


J220 2022 (38kg batch): Similar to the 2021 batch, with chocolate and caramel notes, vanilla, fudge, and cacao. The 2022 is a little richer with a leaning towards the cacao notes.


We suggest infusing 3g per 150ml (cup) at 90°C for 3 mins.

Storage and Ageing


The Imperial Black teas maintain their quality over long periods of time. My most recent vertical tasting involved a 2013, 2018, 2019, and 2020. The 2013 was still drinking beautifully. The age doesn’t improve or diminish the tea. Generally speaking, as they age, the teas lose some of their thick texture, and become smoother. The tannin reduces, and the chocolate notes dominate over the earthy cacao and toffee. Still you can adjust the flavour with your infusion technique.


As will most teas, store them in their original jars, in a cool dry place, away from direct light.