Everest Sunrise Black Tea

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Everest Sunrise Black Tea

15.00

$0.75 Per Cup

50 Grams (1.76 Ounces) / 20 First Steeps

Origin: Jasbire in Ilam, Nepal

Farm Name: Hariyali Cooperative

Farmer: Purna Mukhiya

Cultivation Method: All Natural

This double-roasted black tea has almost no astringency or dryness to it but it contains some very complex, full flavors.  It tastes of molasses, raisin, and sweet potato with more subtle hints of grape and caramelized sugar.  It has an incredibly sweet aftertaste for a black tea.  The orange color of the brewed tea reminds us of a fire and the leaves have a strong, sweet fragrance along with a root vegetable smell which is common for the high-altitude teas of Nepal.

The Hariyali Cooperative is located in the mountains of Ilam, Nepal and it is Nepal’s first independent tea cooperative and Purna Mukhiya is at the helm of it.  This farm sits at an elevation of 5,900 feet (1,800 meters).  They are dedicated to all-natural cultivation methods and they are in the process of making Nepal a known tea producing country.  In the past the majority of the tea produced in Nepal would be sold to farmers in India, primarily in Darjeeling and the tea would be sold as Darjeeling tea.  This cooperative is one of the first attempts to change that.  They are constantly tweaking both their farming and processing methods in order to produce the best tea that they can.

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Steeping and Storage

Use 2.5 grams (2 teaspoons) of loose leaf tea per 6 ounces of water.  Steep with water ranging from 195 to 205 degrees for 3 to 5 minutes.  Can be re-steeped up to 5 times.  If making iced tea, double the amount of tea leaves used and keep the time the same; sweeten while steeping and when done steeping pour over ice.

Keep in mind that these steeping instructions are merely a suggested starting point.  Everyone has different tastes and preferences and you can adjust the amount of tea used and the steep time accordingly.  If you would like your tea to have a stronger taste, add more tea leaves.  Conversely, if it is too strong, use less tea leaves.  It is quite fun to play with the temperature of the water and the steep times to bring out different tastes and textures in the tea!

Loose leaf tea should be stored in a cool, dark, and dry environment away from strong odors that the tea will most certainly absorb (do not store in the refrigerator or spice cabinet).  It is best to store it in an air tight container as this will reduce the amount of oxygen that interacts with the tea and thus preserving its life.