Himalayan Amber 2020 FF No.644

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Astringent, Bell Pepper, Bitter, Camphor, Citrus, Green Wood, Herbs, Hops, Olives, Pepper
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From Zhao Zhou

First Flush flowery black tea
picked on the 20th of April
deep, meaningful tea, which was made organically

Sea level:
1600-1800 meters
Jun Chiyabari tea garden

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EUR 9.90

2020tea coldbrew
First-flush black tea with flowery, green notes. It is a really exciting choice. It was hand-picked in the first weeks of the tea harvest, the 20th of April. There are a lot of light buds and leaves and some gently rusty, oxidized shade also. We can find some citrus and paprika in the smells. The tastes are more autumny, woody, sweet notes with some camphor, Chinese balm, and typical black tea-like flavor. Truly deep tea, amazing experience. Worth trying in cold-brew also.

Every Nepali tea we have originates from the organic Jun Chiyabari tea garden, located in the Himalayas around 1800 meters above sea level. Due to this clear-out area in every tea there lies a deep elation.

Preparing Instructions:

Quantity: 5-6 grams per 150ml
Water temperature: 85-90ºC. From fresh spring, mineral water, or filtered water
Brewing time: 10-15… seconds
Infusions: 4-5


Quantity: 10-12 grams per 1000 ml water
Water temperature: 5ºC. From fresh spring, mineral water, or filtered water
Brewing time: 10-15 hours in the fridge

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1708 tasting notes

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I was stoked about this one. I haven’t had a first flush in close to a year, let alone Jun Chiyabari. I only had 5 grams of it, and I divided it up in 3 oz for some small cold brewing, and 2 grams for semi-gong fu and western.

I have only started it recently, not letting it exceed 30 seconds. It’s got some green woody bitterness and some typical first flush peppery astringency. You can read their notes too get an accurate idea of what you will have. It’s pretty green to me, bordering on being olive like with a bit of hoppy and citrusy zest. Woodsy camphor and balmy menthol definitely in there too. Tiger Balm was always citrusy for me anyway, so I’m not surprised. I actually didn’t camphor was a tree, and an oil used in balm, so it was cool to learn that. Every time I journey into more obscure teas, the more flower language and modicums of herbology I come across.

I’m still not finished with the tea yet, going through 1.5 minutes second time, and it’s more citrusy and blamy. Still twiggy.

I’ll have to write another note to see how far I get. I usually stop early with first flushes because of their astringency, but this one has very oolong like, so we’ll see.

… next morning, and the leaves smell too bitter and astringent for me. I disposed of those, and then retrieved my cold brew from the fridge. So much smoother. Citrus, orange, creamy, floral, refreshing and juicy in layers. Sip starts out honeysuckle, then light orange blossom, full on citrus, light spice, and creamy, juicy finish. Tasted like orange or lemon water. Yeah, this one was significantly better cold brew for me.

Overall rating is above an 80. High quality tea, and definitely for first flush lovers, though cold brew is the easy way to go. Despite drinking tea for over 20 years, I still like the more flavor forward teas. I’m so thankful to get to try this sample. I cannot recommend Zhao Zhou enough.

Flavors: Astringent, Bell Pepper, Bitter, Camphor, Citrus, Green Wood, Herbs, Hops, Olives, Pepper

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