Nepal Himalayan Shangrila White Autumnal 2018, NT 244
country of origin Nepal
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Autumnal Flush from Nepal, Illam
Wonderfully processed, slightly oxidized full unbroken tea from Autumnal Flush. Long silver fluffy leaves have extraordinary sweet and fruity aroma with a hint of roses (rapsberries). After infusing the leaves, we get a light, golden green cup of a delicate creamy flavor with flowery and herbal tones with a long, sweet pepper aftertaste.
Preparation: Allow 3 teaspoons of tea for 0,5 l of boiled water, let it steep for 2 - 3 minutes.
The Himalayan Shangrila is basically just a factory built in 2000 at the place where local farmers originally grew tea for their own consumption. They processed it manually, a tradition perpetuated in many families until the present day. Farmers (supplying the tea to the factory) form an association supervising the tea-growing standards, “fair” conditions for the employees, as well as proper methods of tea plant cultivation and tea harvest.
We visited a fairly modern factory in 2010 and tasted the first lots of spring flushes. The tea maintains a standard quality, usual for this garden. We were surprised at the young age of the entire team of the estate management, which was 26 years at the time of our visit.
Then we went to visit the garden of one of the small farmers. The leaves from the tea plants, which were cultivated very nicely, have just been picked. We also visited the farmer’s family and tasted their hand-processed tea produced for their own household’s needs. The Himalayan Shangri-La’s owner has had a tea shop in Kathmandu for over twenty years.
Article and pictures from our visit in 2010.
Form: Whole leaf
Area: Nepal - Illam
Estate: Himalayan Shangrila
Harvest: Autumnal Flush
Lot: NT 244/ 2018
Country of origin: Nepal