A delicate but bright spring-infused first flush tea from Jun Chiyabari that recalls sunshine in the mountains. Enjoy notes of peach, wildflowers and green mangoes with a sweet lingering finish in the cup.
This tea was produced during the lock down of spring 2020. It took nearly two months for it to arrive. For us it symbolizes hope in the face of adversity. We are grateful for every sip of this tea.
DRY TEA: Small chinary leaves, with abundant tips. Smells of freshly cut grass, green pepper.
INFUSION: Green and brown leaves with nose of peach, mums and cane sugar.
CUP: Light amber with notes of peach, wildflowers, green mangoes, yam. Light bodied. Brisk with a sweet finish.
1 level tbsp or 2.5 gm per 8 oz cup
Jun Chiyabari tea estate, Nepal
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