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Himalayan Moondrops Oolong (Multiple Vintages)

Region: Hile, Nepal
Producer: Jun Chiyabari Garden
Season: Spring 2019 & 2020
Batch: Various (Organic)
Craft micro-batch oolongs from Nepal with sweet, stone fruity, floral, and syrupy profiles.
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The Garden

 

Jun Chiyabari perches in the heights of Hile, Nepal, in the foothills of the Himalayas, reaching over 6,000ft. The garden was founded in 2000 by two bothers, Lochan and Bachan, grown organically from the start. There are a variety of tea cultivars at Jun Chiyabari, and a philosophy of experimentation.

Batch Notes

 

Batch J66 2019 is a light to medium oxidised oolong tea, picked on the 25th April, at 6,050ft. Just 5kg were made. It’s made in a classic oolong style; withered, bruised, oxidised, panned, and rolled.

 

Batch J178 2020 is similar in oxidation style, made over the 22nd and 23rd March 2020, picked from Taiwanese and Japanese varietal tea plants, grown in Nepal. 2kg were made. This is probably the most impressive batch from this garden in 2020.

Tasting Notes

 

J66 2019: Tastes like milk chocolate, fruit, and nuts. This tea is naturally sweet and starts with stone fruit and raisins. As it opens, the nuttiness and creamy sweet character emerge with a hint of milk chocolate. After infusing, allow the tea 5 to 7 minutes to open for the full flavour to emerge. The second infusion is better than the first. (Tasted March 2021)

 

J178 2020: Juicy with an almost syrupy texture, there are rich peach notes, with summer garden florals. The 2nd infusion is less fruity with more intense florals. (Tasted March 2021)

 

Storage and Ageing

 

Store these teas in a cool dark place. They should be on fine form for 3 to 4 years after picking.