Review: Rare Tea Republic Jun Chiyabari Himalayan Evergreen

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Thumbs up!"Its unique flavor, somewhere between a green tea and a Darjeeling, is complex but accessible, and unlike anything else I’ve tasted."
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Nepal has been producing tea since the late 19th century, but it is only over the last ten years that it has become known as a producer of world-class teas. Small tea gardens dedicated to producing small-batch, high-quality teas are cropping up across Nepal, taking advantage of growing conditions that are very similar to those of Darjeeling.

Established in 2001, the Jun Chiyabari estate in the eastern Himalayan region of Nepal produces black, green, oolong and white teas. According to their website, they are committed to sustainable farming, and use organic farming practices (though they are still in the process of certification). Some of the tea that they process is grown in their own gardens, while some is purchased from local farmers.

Himalayan Evergreen is a green tea with curly, dark leaves that give off a fresh, fruity scent. Brewing for 4 minutes at 180° F produced an amber-colored cup with a pleasant, slightly floral aroma. The flavor was smooth, floral, and fruity, with notes of citrus. In fact, it tasted much like a first flush Darjeeling, with the delicate, aromatic qualities that Darjeelings are know for. The second and third brews were subtle but refreshing, and very enjoyable.

This is a delicious green tea that would appeal to Darjeeling-lovers. Its unique flavor, somewhere between a green tea and a Darjeeling, is unlike anything I’ve tasted. Jun Chiyabari is clearly on to something, and I will definitely try more of their teas.

— To purchase Rare Tea Republic Jun Chiyabari Himalayan Evergreen, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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