Plucked from late harvest wild growth this delicious hand rolled black tea has a good amount of tips with notes reminiscent of stone fruit and malt. It produces a liquor that is incredibly rounded and easy to drink.
Despite being less tippy and without the complexity of the earlier harvested Bardu Honeymoon this tea is one of my personal favourites – delightful and soothing.
This story is shared in Jeni Dodd’s, our sourcing partner, words below.
“About 5 years ago, a plan was hatched! The third-generation tea farmer and the woman from Kansas would build a factory in his small village in Nepal. Without the ability to finish tea, Bardu was at the mercy of green leaf buyers. The price for green-leaf went down 50% from 2013-1014, then another 30% from 2014-2015. For a small community already living on the edge of survival, losing their livelihood was not possible.
However, we gambled that with the ability to finish their tea, the village would be able to survive. So, we brought tea-processing to Bardu. You are tasting the first tea processed in that factory! We hope you enjoy it and that it is the means for these hard-working people in a remote village of the Himalayas to find long-term economic sustainability through access to the global market”.
Origin: Bardu, Ilam, Nepal
Flavour profile: Rounded | Fruit | Malt
Processing highlights: Plucked from wild growing bushes that have been in the Yonjan family for three generations and coincidently, on the day of the full moon. Withered overnight and then hand-rolled with love and dedication.
Harvest: November 2019
Plucking standard: Bud and two leaves
Tea Master: Buddha Yonjan
This easy drinking tea has notes reminiscent of stone fruit, with a semi-sweet malt and woodsy finish without any astringency.
This tea will make an excellent breakfast style tea and pairs perfectly with meals enjoyed at this time of the day
Leaf appearance: A black tea made from bud and two leaves with reasonable tips
Aroma: Bardu Sunrise has a semi-sweet aroma of fruit and malt
Liquor colour: Brilliant golden-red