Review: Rare Tea Republic Jun Chiyabari Himalayan Evergreen

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Thumbs up!"Imagine my surprise when I found that this was a green tea after tearing open the bag – even more surprised to be greeted by an orange rind aroma."
Geoff’s Teaview: 9.7/10
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Jun Chiyabari is one of only three Nepalese tea plantations I’ve had the pleasure of sipping from. As coincidence would have it, Jun Chiyabari and Ilam Chiyabari are owned by the same folks. I’ve tried OPs from both but nothing else. In fact, I had no idea they did anything but black teas.

Imagine my surprise when I found that this was a green tea after tearing open the bag – even more surprised to be greeted by an orange rind aroma. If I was doing this eyes closed, I would’ve thought I was whiffing an Earl Grey. The leaves also looked like no green tea I’d ever seen; they were all faded and beige. That added further confusion in telling it apart from a normal pekoe

Rare Tea Republic recommended a strange brewing prep of 1 tsp. per cup of 180F water, steeped for four minutes. That seemed a long time for a green tea, but these curly “beige” leaves looked rather tough. So, I went with their prep.

After four minutes, it colored to a pale green. No surprise there for a green tea, but what had me eyebrow-arched was the smell. This was like a first flush orange pekoe on first whiff. Shades of citrus, spice, muscatel grape and a vein of vanilla (???) greeted my unsuspecting nose. The taste was where the shocks really began. No sooner did I take my first sip that the feeling of orange rind returned with a vengeance, coupled with shades of grapefruit and apricot. The top note was all citrus fruit, while the trail-off begat a creamy sensation. What WAS this?!

No surprise, I loved it. I just have no idea what to make of it. Aside from a Taiwanese green I had a short time ago, no tea profile comes close to matching the nuances found here. In a lot of respects, it reminded me of Temi OPs and their odd profiles. I can’t recommend this enough.

— 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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