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Jasmin’s top 3 for 2016. Discover his favourites.

30 August 2016

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Jardin du Mei Zhan Zhen

China specialist, Jasmin has covered six of China’s producing regions since 2003, tasting and selecting teas of every style.While 2016 may not have been the best year in terms of climate, he has nonetheless been able to get his hands on a few exceptional teas thanks to his long term relationships with these producers. Here are his picks for Spring 2016:

1. Mei Zhan Zhen

The Mei Zhan Zhen is harvested from fields over 1000m altitude and is completely chemical free. It is the best black tea I have  tasted to date! “. From the summit of Mount Zhenghe in Fujian (China), the long golden buds of this black tea seduce anybody by that full bodied chocolaty smell alone. Once dried and infused, its unforgettable scents of lavender, lemongrass and hemlock make for a simply glorious tea experience!

2. Jingning Bai Hong Cha

A creation of Mr. He, this black fusion tea is made from the cultivar Jingning Ba Ye usually used for very delicate green tea. “An exclusive 12kg was produced by M, He, according to our own specifications. »

Jardin Jingning Bai Hong Cha

3. Du Yun Mao Jian

The ideal result of  a well-preserved traditional terroir undergoing a well-executed modern transformation: the creation of a unique green tea . The Guizhou is the perfect example  which embodies the positive changes in China since the turn of the century. A powerful and refreshing tea, perfect for the warm season.

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Kevin’s top 3 for 2016. Discover his favourites.

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British taster Kevin is the Black Tea specialist of the team. He first bought tea in India back in 1989. Every Spring for the last 20 years he has travelled to India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and various other countries. According to his colleages his daily tea consumption compares to the flow of some small rivers. Here are his picks for Spring 2016:

Jun Chiyabari J-1 Organic Nepal

Tasting Jun Chiyabari

One of my very favourite spots in the Himalayas.  Far from Darjeeling and Nepal’s principal tea region of Ilam, Jun Chiyabari is a relatively new garden.  This project is an excellent blend of great humanitarian values, experienced staff and some very innovative tea cultivation and manufacture.  The experimental years of the last decade are really starting to pay off as their quality becomes increasingly consistent. This tea’s lively and vegetal attack has a full bodied sweetness.  The flavour is very modern and stylish with well defined woody aromatics and chocolate nuances.

Lakyrsiew in Meghalaya

Meghalaya Lakyrsiew Organic

This was my second visit to the Meghalaya region that neighbours Southern Assam.  Lakyrsiew is another very modern project that combines new terrroir, experience and innovation for a modern tea product.  Historically fascinating, this area was once spotted for tea production back in the middle of the 19th Century but plans were then abandoned due to a sparse population that meant lack of manpower.  (Read more in this blog article.)   The combination of premium soil, plant selection and obsessive attention to detail have produced this exquisite tea with a very original flavour profile.  An unusual aesthetic tea with long leaves and intoxicating  coppery buds that infuse into an exceptional black tea: unexpected ‘completeness’ and finesse, solid structure and definition and a light, ethereal delivery.

The Jolly Managers at Namring

Darjeeling First Flush Namring EX-13 Classic

Namring is one of Darjeeling’s old classic gardens, known for their classic style and consistent quality.   Their gardens are all fully irrigated so they can artificially stimulate an early crop and in recent years they have been beating all the records for early First Flush. This lot however was not from this early period it was allowed to flush in its own time with the natural precipitation patterns of the valley.  This tea comes from their famous ‘Upper’ section from plants that germinated from original Chinese seeds back when the Darjeeling region was first emerging.  This classic Darjeeling with green hues has a substantial vegetal liquor, a mineral and slightly saline character typical of the teas from these older, original, plants. It develops in the mouth into rich and fruity tea with subtle accents of fresh herbs and spices.

For more information on this tea locate the garden on the Camellia Sinensis Darjeeling Garden Map.

 
 

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