Compared to China and Japan, Sri Lanka and Nepal are two relatively new tea growing regions. Sri Lanka did not start growing tea until the 19th century, when parasites completely wiped out the island's coffee production and forced growers to switch to tea planting. Today, the best Sri Lankan teas come from the high altitude districts of Nuwara Eliya, Dambulla, and Uva, and are usually harvested in the first three months of the year.
Like Sri Lanka, tea was first grown in Nepal in the late 19th century. Cultivation remained at modest levels until a recent inflection point, when a number of estates planted in the 1990s finally became ready for plucking. Premium Nepalese teas are found in the regions of Ilam and Dhankuta, and have characteristics similar to famed Darjeeling teas.
This tea is produced in the Ilam district of Nepal, a hilly region known for its sweeping vistas and tea estates. Packed with silver tips, the Maloom is comparable in character to Darjeeling teas due to similarities in terroir. Sipping the tea will yield a delicate body with flowery notes and slightly tannic finish. We recommend this tea for those looking for a lighter black tea.
This black tea is a rarity from the Himalayan corridor in eastern Nepal. Organically cultivated in very high altitude at a family-run garden, the tea is composed of young leaves that are dried, then roasted for added character. The resulting amber-hued cup is highly aromatic and reveals an earthy character. This is a gorgeous tea from leaf to cup. Available in limited quantities.
While Ceylon tea is typically used for breakfast blends, the extraordinary Blackwood Estate Ceylon is best savored in its purest form. The lot is organically cultivated in the Dimbula region of western Sri Lanka at high altitude. The twisted and wiry leaves produce a bright, copper-colored cup with a balanced, lightly spiced bouquet.
This exceptional tea is grown at high altitude and processed by hand from start to finish. In contrast to traditional white teas, the White Cloud carries a fuller body and has a more pronounced flavor profile. A taste will reveal bright, floral notes with a silky finish. We highly recommend this tea for those looking for a more expressive white tea.