Kuwapani Autumn Flush lot #kp-45

 Kuwapani Autumn Flush lot #kp-45

A very fine tea from the progressive gardens of the Dhankuta region of Nepal (Guranse etc) with a dominant amount of tips in the leaf.

A fully matured brew in the cup with a wonderful over ripe fruity, nutty aroma, hints of musk and bitter chocolate, and full flavour.

Another great value for money tea, ideal for warming up cold mornings.

50g-$7, 100g-$12, 200g -$23

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Arya Tara White Tea Silver Tips

Arya Tara White Tea Silver Tips arya tara white tea silver tips

Hand made from the tenderest tips of the tea plant harvested in the Sri-Antu Illam area, Nepal; with 50-60 kgs of fresh leaf needed to obtain 1kg of dry tea….! The tea is hand sorted with the greatest care then processed in the Yin Zhen (silver needles) style. Being a Himalayan Tea however it differs from the classic silver needle style by retaining many of the high mountain Himalayan Tea characteristics including a brightness and sharpness (briskness), with a crystalline purity.

As a white style tea it is 100% withered with many silver hairs on the long curled leaf and zero fermentation.

This exceptional tea has a wonderful bright, light, yellow green colour in the brew, with an extremely pleasant flowery aroma, and herbal notes to taste, with a fine and noble aftertaste.

preparation
1.as black tea- 2g per 100ml, 100 deg. C for 3-5 minutes.

2.gonfucha style-4-5 g per 200ml, 85 deg.C for 2 minutes increasing temperature each successive brew (90 deg, 2 min, 95…etc this method will produce more of the deeper notes to be released.) up to 4-5 brews possible.

50g-$14, 100g-$26

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Golden Tip Himalayan Shangrilla Second Flush

himalayan shangrilla golden tips

Golden Tip Himalayan Shangrilla Second Flush

The Illam tea co-operative, deep in the far eastern Illam region of Nepal, now in organic conversion, is famous for its orthodox ‘china bush’ tea.

Though the tea plantation was started in Ilam about 138 years ago , it lay relatively fallow until the tea plantation revolution of the last 10/15 years.

The factory, with the state-of-the-art infrastructure, hygienically processes the tea leaves collected from hundreds of small tea growers on day-to-day basis.

The Golden Tips are the top of the local production consisting mostly of the uppermost golden tips of the plant producing a fantastic tea..

The brew has a coppery brown colour with an aroma of raw sugar cane juice. To drink it is slightly heavy with a sweet and malty taste, and hints of bitter chocolate and honey in the aftertaste.

Another wonderful, warming, full bodied tea of the highest quality.

preparation
1.as black tea- 2g per 100ml, 100 deg. C for 3-5 minutes.

2.gonfucha style-4-5 g per 100ml, 85 deg.C for 2 minutes increasing temperature each successive brew (90 deg, 2 min, 95…etc this method will produce more of the deeper honeyed notes to be released.)

50g-$11, 100g-$20

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Organic Guranse FF SFTGFOP

camellia sinensis- the tea plant

The Organic Guranse FF SFTGFOP is characterised by classic himalayan first flush characteristics:
-the dry tea (pre brew) is good looking with a fair amount of silver tips.
-the brew is light and bright with dominant flowery and fruity (citrus) tones/nose.
-the aftertaste is ‘brisk’-sharp and alive.

First flush tea differs from second flush due to the withering process, with more withering leading to a greener tea. (hard withering over 65 deg C, med from 60-65 deg C, low below 60 deg C).
There is very little fermentation of the leaves, with only gentle bruising to release the aromatic elements.

50g-$8, 100g-$15, 200g -$28

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The Guranse Tea Estates

The Guranse Tea Estates

Nepali Tea Logo

Named after the Nepali national flower, the rhododendron, the Guranse Tea Estate is situated at an altitude between 3300 and 7300 feet above sea level, located at Dhankuta, Hile, eastern Nepal. Probably one of the highest tea gardens in the world it produces one of the best teas. In order produce exquisite tea enriched with delectable ‘muscatel’ flavor with superb aroma, the bushes need to grow breathing pure mountain air, filled with just the right combination of sun, shade and rain that are abundant in the eastern hills of Nepal, below the majestic Mount Everest and mount Makalu.

In 1842, a Chinese emperor presented precious gifts of an exquisite variety of tea seeds to the then Prime minister of Nepal. With the vision of putting Nepal in the global position as one of the best tea producing countries in the world, Colonel Thapa started tea plantations in the eastern districts of Nepal in 1843.

Guranse Tea’s guiding principle in its operation is your total satisfaction. Thus, only high quality, pure, fresh tea leaves are selected and processed at its factory which incorporates the latest, state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

Enthroned amidst gently rolling hills stretching up to the snow-capped peaks and trailing down to crystal clear, running mountain streams, nothing but the best is produced here. Guranse tea adds another dimension to technology, in which science harmoniously blends with nature.

Guranse Tea Estate has planted pure young and vibrant cloned bushes,unique to the area, which were developed after years of extensive research and development in tea research industries. Only two leaves and one bud is meticulously plucked by skilled hands and processed in the factory under intensive quality control. This ensures premium teas rich in flavor and aromas keeping in mind the choice of international buyers on taste and health importance.

The first certified organic tea garden in Nepal, also uses biodynamic methods- Guranse Tea Estate, certified Organic by NASAA (National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia Ltd (NASAA)

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Tea Labeling Nomenclature

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SFTGFOP

S-super
SFTGFOP(1)—sometimes used to indicate the very finest

F-finest
Finest TGF OP—highest quality grade (Note: “Special” is occasionally substituted for “Finest”, with a number 1 at the end to indicate the very finest), often hand processed and produced at only the best plantations, roughly one quarter tips.

T-tippy
Tippy Golden F OP—the highest proportion of tip, main grade in Darjeeling and Assam

G-golden
F-flowery
Golden Flowery: includes very young tips or buds (usually golden in colour) that were picked early in the season.

O-orange

• Color: The copper color of a high-quality, oxidized leaf before drying, or the final bright orange color of the dried pekoes in the finished tea may be related to the name. These usually consist of one leaf bud and two leaves covered in fine, downy hair. The orange color is produced when the tea is fully oxidized.)
• (The Dutch House of Orange-Nassau, now the royal family, was already the most respected aristocratic family in the days of the Dutch Republic, and came to control the de facto head of state position of Stadtholder of Holland and Zealand. The Dutch East India Company performed a central role in bringing tea to Europe and may have marketed the tea as “orange” to suggest association with the House of Orange.)

P-pekoe
(The origin of the word “pekoe” is uncertain. One explanation is it is derived from the transliterated mispronunciation of the Amoy (Xiamen) dialect word for a Chinese tea known as “white down/hair” (白毫; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: pe̍h-ho). This is how “pekoe” is listed by Rev. Robert Morrison (1782–1834) in his Chinese dictionary (1819) as one of the seven sorts of black tea “commonly known by Europeans”. This refers to the down-like white “hairs” on the leaf and also to the youngest leaf buds. Another hypothesis is that the term derives from the Chinese báihuā “white flower” (Chinese: 白花; pinyin: báihuā; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: pe̍h-hoe), and refers to the bud content of pekoe tea.)

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