Jun Chiyabari First Flush SFTGFOP1

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This is a rare SFTGFOP1 (Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe top grade) grown at the Jun Chiyabari high altitude tea estate in Dhankuta District in Nepal. This tea estate is located in the foothills of the Himalayas at an altitude of around 1800 metres not far from the border with India’s Darjeeling. Although the character of teas grown in this region of Nepal is not that dissimilar to Darjeeling, they possess certain qualities that set these apart from the tea grown across the border in India.
We selected this rare example of a Nepalese tea for our January 2015 Dark and Mixed boxes. It is a fantastic first flush tea plucked in spring that exhibits the best qualities of Darjeeling while being distinctly different. The dry leaf has a slightly mixed dark and green leaf appearance with good tip. The brewed tea leaves produce a light amber liquor. The flavour is slightly full and floral. There are some toasty notes present with pleasant orange blossom undertones. A complex but at the same time a hugely enjoyable tea.

This tea is best brewed with freshly boiled water for 3-5 minutes.

There are some great teas produced in Nepal, however they are not very well known, in part due to supply levels not meeting the global demand for these rare and unique teas. We are very happy to be able to feature this Nepalese tea in our January boxes and Jun Chiyabari First Flush has been voted January’s favourite tea here at Curious Tea.

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Many of my fellow tea bloggers have been covering teas from Nepal this past week as a way to bring attention to the recent tragedy that struck the region on April 25th. The rising death toll, the complications with bringing in aide, and the many aftershocks which are making people terrified to sleep in their houses is, for lack of a better way to put it, staggering. I learned about it when I checked my phone that morning and saw that my friends in that region were checking in safe, half asleep I had no idea what was going on, and when I found out my heart broke, I knew it was going to get a lot worse before it was going to get better. The one positive thing about any disaster is the rallying together of people to lend aide to those suffering, and this is no exception, one of those restoring faith in humanity things

So, it is with a heavy heart that I review today’s tea. First a bit of info about Jun Chiyabari First Flush from Curious Tea, grown on the Jun Chiyabari Tea Estate at an altitude of 1,800 meters, this tea is classified as a SFTGFOP1 (or Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe top grade, quite the mouthful.) This tea is similar to its cousin Darjeeling grown right across the border, though like all the other teas from Nepal I have tried, it has its own distinct quality that makes it different, my theory is the proximity to the Himalayas which makes them special. I will not lie, if you took this tea and a first flush Darjeeling and put them next to each other, on looks alone I doubt I could tell the difference, until I sniff it. The aroma is both sweet and green, like fresh golden grapes and honey, with a note of orange blossom, and a distinct lettuce and celery note. At the finish there is a gentle note of sage and a hint of spring rain.

Into my fancy steeping apparatus the leaves go, ok maybe I can tell a difference (I totally did do a side by side comparison) and these leaves are smaller than the first flush Darjeeling of the same grade that I have. The aroma of the now steeped and soggy leaves is quite fragrant, with distinct floral notes of orange blossom and a bit of a pansy note. Alongside these floral notes are notes of celery, celery seeds, and a finish of grapes. The liquid, freed from its leafy creator, is very sweet, with strong notes of honey, orange blossom, clover flower, and an almost heady note of scuppernongs at the finish.

Tasting time! Finally decided to break out the new (to me) vintage German cup I found at the thrift store a week ago. The taste is a bit brisk while also being pleasantly mild, not a kick you in the face briskness that you can get with black teas, it is a gentle briskness not unlike biting into a crisp vegetable. The first note that pops up is orange blossom, this moves into golden raisins and honey, lastly into a unique blend of celery and thyme. That herbaceous note at the finish is quite enjoyable, it lingers into the aftertaste, which I rather like, it is not everyday you run into thyme as a note in tea.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2015/05/curious-tea-jun-chiyabari-first-flush.html

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I understood the Darjeeling reference as soon as I saw and sniffed this tea. It’s fairly light, wooden and floral with a wonderful blend of green, silver and brown colours which span across large leaves and tips.

Steeping 2 tsp for 5 minutes (as I like strong black tea) with boiling water as recommended on the information card. Though it does also have it on the packet too.

Once steeped this tea is dark amber/brown and has a slightly dry scent with wood and floral tones. Somewhat matching it’s raw scent.

Flavour is slightly astringent though as it lightens it becomes softly sweet. Prominent wood tones with some dryness and overall a medium strength. There are floral notes similar to those of Darjeeling but I would say this has a ‘darker’ charm to it.

It’s not strong despite the long steep (though it is enough for my liking) though I may try a shorter steep and see how that comes out. This was very nice but I just haven’t found my perfect level yet. However, I do think this was a splendid Nepalese tea, usually I drink their lemongrass or Ceylon blends but not often do I buy them. It was very nice to have the opportunity to try this.

For pictures and more information please view my blog.

Flavors: Floral, Wood

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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Complimentary box from Curious Tea. I opted for the mixed box: including this Jun Chiyabari from Nepal and a Sencha Fukujya from Japan.
The mixed subscription typically contains a wide variety of tea that includes anything from gree and white tea to black tea, oolongs, pu ehr and others.

Thank you very much Alex for this generous offer to preview and taste the box.

Received 2 teas, each 50gr., neatly wrapped and containing tea cards, so that you can keep these to remember the tea you have tasted.

Tea: Nepal Jun Chiyabari FF

fluffy leaves, with many green and white tips. Smells very sweet, with the appreance and smell of a first flush top grade Darjeeling.
(and I love, love Darjeelings…. )

1 tbsp, let it steep for 2 min. (I hate to burn my teas, and usually opt for shorter steeping times – 3 min. is adviced…)

appearance: soft golden/yelowish liquor, almost like a white tea.
Hints of apricot, flowers, honey, with a very sweet aftertaste… all very delicate, none to overpowering…

wow! appears to be green FF, but also has oolong nuances.
What a pleasant suprise.

This tea can easily compete with any top grade FF Darjeeling. No bitterness whatsoever, a wonderful and very delicate tea,with hints of honey (moving towards an oolong).

Will def. be looking out to find out/buy more of this tea!

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Orchid, Sweet

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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