Nepal Jun Chiyabari 'Himalayan Tippy' Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea Leaves
Flavors
Almond, Anise, Baked Bread, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Chocolate, Clove, Cranberry, Cream, Grass, Licorice, Malt, Muscatel, Nutmeg, Orange Zest, Plums, Smoke, Straw, Violet, Walnut, Candied Apple, Cloves, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Overripe Cherries, Spices, Sweet, Tart
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 11 oz / 329 ml

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  • “Alright, I have been lazy long enough. It’s time to get some more reviews out of the way in order to keep the number of backlogged reviews from growing any larger. This was one of my sipdowns from...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Another sample from derk and I am quite excited about this one, knowing the quality of production coming from Jun Chiyabari. The dry leaf scent is exactly as derk described – a sweet dark cocoa...” Read full tasting note
    79
  • “This certainly serves its purpose as a pick-me-up had in between classes. I stopped by the cafe and they filled my crappy 16oz thermos with an unknown temperature water they use for their own...” Read full tasting note
    79
  • “Thank you Alistair! Man, did these little leaves pack a punch. The chocolaty cocoa and leafy aroma was in the tea before brewing, and then it was accented when brewed. I was going to do this tea...” Read full tasting note
    90

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A fantastic smooth black tea with a sweet chocolate taste which lingers in the mouth.

Tasting Notes:
- Highly aromatic with a chocolate aroma
- Smooth texture
- Sweet taste with strong lingering chocolate notes

Harvest: Winter, November 2017
Invoice: J273-2017
Invoice Size: 10kg

Origin: Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden, Hile, Dhankuta District, Nepal
Organic: Certified organic by IMO Switzerland
Altitude: 1,600-2,000m
Sourced: Direct from Jun Chiyabari
Percentage of price going back to Jun Chiyabari: 25%+

Brewing Advice:
- Heat water to roughly 95°C/203°F
- Use 1-2 teaspoons per cup/small teapot
- Brew for 3-4 minutes

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Alright, I have been lazy long enough. It’s time to get some more reviews out of the way in order to keep the number of backlogged reviews from growing any larger. This was one of my sipdowns from the second half of April. I know I tend to display a considerable fondness for the teas produced by Jun Chiyabari, so it should perhaps come as no surprise that I thought this tea was great. I was a little shocked that it did not get a warmer reception on Steepster.

I prepared this tea in the Western style, but I modified my usual brewing approach somewhat for this tea. I normally do not rinse teas from Nepal, Assam, and Darjeeling, but I opted to do so here simply because I did not get much out of the dry leaf material. I only rinsed the leaf material for 5 seconds, but the rinse revealed a tremendous number of new aromas. After the rinse, I steeped my 3 grams of leaf material in approximately 8 ounces of 203 F water for 5 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry leaf material emitted aromas of chocolate and malt. After the rinse, I detected aromas of orange zest, black cherry, violet, baked bread, plum, and Muscatel. The 5 minute infusion introduced aromas of nutmeg, cream, clove, licorice, and anise. In the mouth, the tea liquor presented notes of cream, baked bread, malt, black cherry, violet, plum, Muscatel, orange zest, grass, straw, nutmeg, licorice, anise, clove, and chocolate that were backed by hints of smoke, roasted almond, roasted walnut, blackberry, blueberry, and dried cranberry. Pleasant spice and tart fruit impressions lingered in the mouth after the swallow and were accompanied by somewhat subtler malty, smoky, nutty, and chocolaty notes.

In my opinion, this was a more or less fantastic Nepalese black tea. Jun Chiyabari rarely if ever lets me down, and they certainly did not manage to do so with this offering. My only real quibble with this tea was that I found the body of the tea liquor to be a bit thin. That was seriously the only thing I could find to knock. At this point, I will also add that I found this tea to be very forgiving and flexible in the brewing process. It did not display a tendency to get bitter or astringent quickly, and I also found that this tea was capable of producing multiple satisfying infusions when brewed in the Western style as long as one started with a slightly shorter initial steep than I did during the bulk of my time with it. Overall, this was an impressive tea. I do not mind giving it a higher numerical score than previous reviewers because I feel that it earned that privilege.

Flavors: Almond, Anise, Baked Bread, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Chocolate, Clove, Cranberry, Cream, Grass, Licorice, Malt, Muscatel, Nutmeg, Orange Zest, Plums, Smoke, Straw, Violet, Walnut

Preparation
3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

I always appreciate reading your reviews because they’re so thorough and you clearly take a lot of time to prepare them! So don’t beat yourself up about being too “lazy” because, I mean, look at me haha.

Daylon R Thomas

I’m still kicking myself in the pants for not getting more of this one. It was one of my favorites.

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Another sample from derk and I am quite excited about this one, knowing the quality of production coming from Jun Chiyabari.

The dry leaf scent is exactly as derk described – a sweet dark cocoa powder. The wet leaves have even sweeter scent that reminds me of christmas with notes like clove, hot apple, cranberries and others that I couldn’t quite put in words. It is quite feminine and sweet but pungent aroma.

The taste is also sweet, but less so, which I appreciate. It has a cocoa bitterness, cherry tartness and very spicy (as in fragrant) finish and aftertaste. I also get a little sickly feeling in the throat after drinking it. The liquor has medium body and a soft, drying mouthfeel.

I don’t think this will be my favourite tea by Jun Chiyabari, but it’s still very good.

Flavors: Candied Apple, Cloves, Cocoa, Cranberry, Dark Bittersweet, Overripe Cherries, Spices, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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This certainly serves its purpose as a pick-me-up had in between classes. I stopped by the cafe and they filled my crappy 16oz thermos with an unknown temperature water they use for their own teas. The cut leaf makes this good for a teaball, but mine doesn’t fit through the opening of this particular crappy thermos. So I dumped in a heaping teaspoon of leaf and drank it over the course of 30 minutes. Not recommended as it gets a little bitter.

The very fragrant dry leaf, dark brown and cut with gold tips, smells of sweet dark cocoa powder. The liquor tastes like a thinned, good quality, sweet dark chocolate syrup with a little bit of red fruit jam mixed in. Some woodiness and maltiness. It was really tasty, especially when accompanied by yogurt pretzels and one of those tiny bananas (the only banana worth a damn) as a snack.

I brewed it western over the weekend, which was much better than this afternoon’s approach. 2tsp/8oz/205F/3 solid steeps. Very dark the first and second steep.

I’ll come back to this one soon with a little more detail.

Daylon R Thomas

Those little leaves are powerful.

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Thank you Alistair! Man, did these little leaves pack a punch. The chocolaty cocoa and leafy aroma was in the tea before brewing, and then it was accented when brewed. I was going to do this tea Western, but did it semi-gong fu both times after 30 second rinses using 4 grams each times. It had an immense chocolaty taste like a Bai Lin Gong Fu Chinese Black tea, and had sweet notes that made me think of sugar, making the tea almost syrupy. It only lasted for six cups in the first gong fu, and three in the other one that resembled western. The cocoa and caraway was more pronounced in longer steeps making it a little bit more malty, but the notes were more interesting sweet notes in the shorter steeps.

I’d have to try this again to experiment more with less leaves western. Again, the little leaves are deceptively strong, and I highly recommend this tea to black tea lovers and chocolate note loving drinkers.

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