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Nepal High Himalaya Jade Oolong

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Edit tea info Last updated by Rachel J
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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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  • “I think I severely underleafed this. Tea Trekker states the sample I purchased was 14g, so I thought half the package (7g) would be perfect for 18oz of water. But, on the other hand their steeping...” Read full tasting note
    RachelJ 110 tasting notes
  • “A great lightly oxidized oolong from a new region to me. The sweet flavor and large uncurling leaves make this great for sharing with friends who might be new to tea. The best part was I received...” Read full tasting note
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    white_bundies 3 tasting notes
  • “Dry copper leaves sprinkled with silver tips give off light muscatel smell. Gaiwan infusion - 1 tbsp in 100 mL. First amber-colored infusion has slight raisin aroma and a smooth mouthfeel. Second...” Read full tasting note
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    Herbaceous 2 tasting notes

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From Tea Trekker:

We found this outstanding ‘green-style’ oolong from Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden, a small & exclusive single estate located in the mid eastern Himalayan hills of Nepal.

The gardens at Jun Chiyabari that produce leaf for this oolong tea are located at 6,000 feet in the ‘hills’ around Hile, a typical Himalaya hill-town, about 15 km west of Ilam (the major tea-producing region of eastern Nepal) not far from Sikkim and Darjeeling to the east, and Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) to the north.

High Himalaya Jade Oolong is a very subtly and lightly oxidized oolong (around 20-30%) hence its name. Some might mistake it for a white tea or a green tea, as we were tempted to at first, but the tea artisans at Jun Chiyabari are very particular with such details and feel it is important that this tea be identified by its careful preparation – that of a lightly oxidized oolong.

This oolong is lofty, with large leaves that are encouraged to unfurl graciously in the teapot.

Summer tea manufacture is uncommon in Nepal, but when it does occur most leaf is made into black or green tea. However, when the tea master saw this fresh leaf, he felt that it would make excellent oolong tea. So he made a small amount of it and it is spectacular.

Remarkably, the leaf for High Himalaya Jade Oolong depicted the typical characteristics of an early first flush, both in looks and in the cup, which is very unusual for summer leaf. The aroma of the prepared leaf indicates that it might have a much stronger flavor profile than it ultimately has – it is incredibly smooth in the cup. These tea leaves come from an elevation of 6,000 ft and are manufactured using techniques that are unique to Jun Chiyabari.

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3 Tasting Notes

110 tasting notes

I think I severely underleafed this. Tea Trekker states the sample I purchased was 14g, so I thought half the package (7g) would be perfect for 18oz of water. But, on the other hand their steeping instructions call for 2 tbsp for 6oz, and half the package turned out to be not much more than 2 tbsp. So, something is really off…

As I steeped it, it had very little flavor. Liquor was just a cream color.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Rachel J

Also… Though I have really enjoyed reading their books, I can’t say I’m having much luck with Tea Trekker teas. Could just be coincidence, but I don’t know…

Bonnie

Yep,sounds way underleafed for the amount of water. Some oolongs take a steeping or two to unfurl and release flavor. Having a gaiwan is easier for oolong tea in my opinion (smaller steeps with less leaf) since it’s also more expensive.

Rachel J

Thanks, Bonnie! Yes, I am starting to realize the error of my ways. When trying samples, I really have to brew much smaller amounts in order to have some room for trial and error!

Bonnie

Since there’s no picture of the tea it’s harder to comment on what type of oolong it is. Reading more on either Teavivre, Mandala or Verdant websites and watching their videos has been helpful to me.

Rachel J

Hi Bonnie, here’s a pic: https://www.teatrekker.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/product_full/ool-nepal_hh_jade-lg.jpg

I tried to add it to the tea description but can’t modify teas until I’ve been a member for a month.

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3 tasting notes

A great lightly oxidized oolong from a new region to me. The sweet flavor and large uncurling leaves make this great for sharing with friends who might be new to tea. The best part was I received this as a free sample, Tea trekker is great about that.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec
SimpliciTEA

So great to hear from someone else whom really appreciates Tea Trekker! I’m glad you chose to write a review for them too! I would also love to physically visit their B&M shop. Hopefully, someday …

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Dry copper leaves sprinkled with silver tips give off light muscatel smell. Gaiwan infusion – 1 tbsp in 100 mL. First amber-colored infusion has slight raisin aroma and a smooth mouthfeel. Second infusion gives slight fruity and muscatel taste. Reminds me a little bit of sheng Pu Ehr… Third infusion is thin. Overall smooth and light-tasting muscatel.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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