Our sixth adventure into those 7 remaining tea samples was the HIB. Water temp: 200°F. Infusion times: 2.5 minutes. Dry leaves: long dark pieces, mostly intact, with a nutty/toasty aroma. First infusion: Ruby colored liquid, toasty, malty flavor with a slight edge. Second infusion: a bit overly light. We would recommend shortening steeping time to 2 minutes each or even less to get two milder infusions. If you like milk in your black tea, infuse for 5 or even 6 minutes – I infused some for them and it worked great with some milk and sweetener (sweet, malty). After infusing, we took a good look at the leaves. You could see they were a bit larger and a coppery brown, and unbroken. Another example of careful harvesting, processing, sorting, packaging. And another superb tea.
From tea reviewer:
“…This offering comes to us from Jun Chiyabari estate, located in the eastern Himalayas, in Nepal. … It promises to be quite sweet, providing caramel, vanilla and toffee notes. …the leaves twist into beautifully long ebony coloured curls. They smell very convincingly of dark chocolate. … The results are quite light for a black tea. It’s completely smooth and creamy, with hints of malt, salted caramel and chocolate. The long lasting peach and vanilla aftertaste is delicious. … The cup has more oomph this time. While the feel is a little rougher, there are deeper peach, chocolate and vanilla notes. …third cup is disappointingly bland. …besides a little malty sweetness, there’s nothing noteworthy going on. This offering’s thick, creamy body and malty flavour profile are reminiscent of Chinese black teas such as Yunnan Golds. … This sweet, delicious cuppa is definitely a treat…”— Not a bad description, but we don’t perceive any resemblance to Yunnan Golds. And again the claim about chocolate is overdone. A slight cocoa-ish quality was it.
This wraps up our info on those tea samples from Jun Chiyabari. We are totally astounded that every tea vendor out there isn’t clamoring to carry these teas and promoting them to the hilt to their customers. But that’s the world of tea. The good stuff goes unnoticed while the bad stuff gets a bunch of fruits, flower petals, spices, etc., added to it and hawked as the latest taste sensation to a public that doesn’t know any better and goes by the strong aroma of the dry tea to make their purchasing decision. This is why we are here, though, and continue to be, despite the pressure on our time to seek more lucrative endeavors. You need to know so these wonderful teas and others like them don’t disappear and get replaced with that other stuff. We also need to present these teas in a more clear and understandable manner, without all the garble, and with photos since, as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. And no one can make us pull bad reviews, the way they can on some tea review sites – that makes what you read here totally trustworthy.
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Where to buy: Jun Chiyabari teas seem to be available through different vendors.
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