Named for the beautiful Himalayan Mountains, this delicious first flush white tea releases all the purity and freshness of the mountains of Nepal for which it is named. Himalayan White is a sweet, crispy white tea with a lovely floral aroma.
Nepali White Tea
This is a spring white tea that is produced immediately after the production of Emerald Greens. This tea is harvested about 4-6 days after the spring harvest begins, producing the natural flavor of spring that comes at 7000 - 8000 feet. There is a wonderful uniformity of growth that communicates spring in this unique white tea. One leaf and a bud are hand-plucked and left overnight in the cool spring air for the mildest form of natural oxidation, then gently hand-rolled. It comes from Sandakphu, Nepal.
In the Nepalese language, Sandakphu is a place for monks to meditate. It is the highest habitable point in the district of Ilam, the region of Nepal that is known for its specialty teas. The Ilam district is located in the far eastern part of Nepal, adjoining Sikkim and the Darjeeling hills of India. Sandakphu Tea Plantation and its production unit are located at the foothills of Sandakphu Peak in Jasbirey Village. This area is famous for the Maipokhari Ramsar Site, which is a world heritage site for mountain wetlands and the Maipokhari Holy Shrine. In addition, this tranquil environment has a biodiversity that is highly unique, and is home to many endangered species of wild flora and fauna. The character and flavor profile of Sandakphu produced teas is unique to its bio-diversity, relatively new plants, and its high altitude location. Sandakphu tea garden is located at 6,500 feet while the plantations are as high as 8,000 feet and above. Tea crafted here provides flavors and character which can be compared to none in the world.
Sandakphu is a unique cooperative tea enterprise and is unlike many tea plantations that are large corporate entities who hire workers as wage earners. Local farmers own the property, tea plants and are share-owners in the factory. Most importantly, the farmers benefit when the final product is truly extraordinary, because as shareholders, they will share in the profits of the factory. And, this company is led by one of the few women tea entrepreneurs in the country. The owner, Twistina Subba, and these self-employed farmers have conviction that the best quality is achieved when there is a sense of ownership of the garden. Tea quality starts from the green leaf that is provided to the factory for processing, and since ownership of the garden is at farmers' level, the farmers commit to grow and harvest only the finest leaf for processing. The result is truly extraordinary tea.