Golden Hand Rolled Himalayan Tips - black tea

Style   Black Tea
Origin   Jun Chiyabari, Hile, Dhankuta district, Eastern Himalayas, Nepal
Season   Late autumn 14
Altitude   1500m
Batch   JCB1: 3kg micro lot


With a total availability of just 3kg, this is an elite Nepalese black tea. Expect hints of silky caramel, smooth honey and light hazelnut notes. A signature autumnal tea from an exceptional garden. Crafted by hand to perfection.


  90 - 95 degrees Celsius
  1 x tablespoon (3 grams)

150 ml water (small tea cup)


Infuse for 2 minutes

The Stories We Drink

This black tea is from Jun Chiyabari, a small and exclusive organic estate in Nepal’s eastern Himalayas. The garden sits high in the hills of Hile, a small town in the Dhankuta district. Nepalese teas are fast developing a reputation in the industry as serious competition for some of nearby Daajeeling's finest teas.  

This tea, Golden Hand Rolled Himalayan Tips is hand plucked and hand rolled. This is both incredibly labour intensive and time consuming. The hard work is rewarded with an incredibly multi-layered, nuanced batch.

Jun Chiyabari’s vision is to shy away from mediocre, machine processed, volume-based production which is common in neighbouring tea regions. Instead, the garden focuses wholeheartedly on boutique small batch manufacturing and innovative craftsmanship.

We've secured an elite batch of tea with very limited availability. The beauty of working with such a small, innovative garden is that we can taste and evaluate many different small batches each with their own distinct flavour nuances and characteristics. Then we select only the very best for inclusion in our collection.  

Jun Chinyabari's aptitude for excellence was immediately evident when we evaluated this particular batch and this is the reason this tea has pride of place in the Cup Above signature collection.

The garden is young and was established from scratch in 2001. The harvests are small and very limited in quantity. The quality is unsurpassed. The garden is organic and the small team is passionate about flavour, focusing on creating experimental and unusual styles that make the most of unique terroir.

In developing this garden, tea cultivars were sourced from around the world. Very few similar estates have such diverse plantings. It is this diversity, the exquisite high mountain soil, a perfect climate and an unrelenting focus on quality that gives our Nepalese teas such a special character.

We need look nowhere else in Nepal to secure the very best batches for you. We’re absolutely confident that they will come from Jun Chiyabari. Read more here.




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Plucking   Plucking: Leaves are plucked by hand
Sorting   Sorting: Leaves are carefully sorted by hand to ensure only the highest quality leaves and buds are included for processing.

Withering: The leaves are spread out to evaporate the moisture and make the leaf pliable. This is important so that the delicate cell structure isn’t damaged during the rolling phase.


Rolling: The leaves are hand rolled which is rare and time consuming, but brings out the most flavour. Rolling releases the chemicals stored in the leaf cells. This chemical change triggers the oxidation process.


Oxidisation: The leaves are laid and the air reacts with chemicals released during rolling. This is what turns the leaves from green to brown, then black. The tea master’s expertise is critical at this stage. If the leaves are left to oxidise even a few minutes too long, the tea will be overpowering and lose its subtlety and layers. If it’s not oxidised for long enough, the complex flavours won’t have a chance to fully develop.


Drying: Once the perfect level of oxidation is reached, the leaves are gently heated to halt the oxidisation. This locks the flavours in and makes the tea shelf stable. The temperature of the air and drying time is carefully controlled. If the tea dries too slowly it can stew. If it dries too fast, the outer edges of the leaves dry faster than the inside. Minor tweaks are made as the leaves are processed, taking the physiology of the leaves in that particular batch into account. The leaves differ from spring, to summer, to autumn.

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