The world’s tallest mountain range is home to some of the most famous tea growing regions including Assam and Darjeeling both located in India. A rocky landscape of varying altitudes, these mountains produce teas that are well known in many homes and the basis of favorite blends such as English Breakfast or our own Star of India. Today, the relatively small nation of Nepal is making a name for itself as a producer of premium Himalayan grown teas after over a century in the shadow of its much larger neighbor.
Beginning in the mid-19th century, the British empire expanded to India and the British East India Company began full scale commercial tea production in that part of the world. Despite tea cultivation arriving in Nepal at about the same time as in Darjeeling to the east, commercial tea production in this small Asian country did not take off until later in the 20th century. Nepali tea, the term describing tea cultivated in Nepal, is currently grown in five primary regions with new areas being added to meet the demand for this much sought after export.
At ArtfulTea we carry two Nepali teas: Himalayan Spring, a delicate green, and the award winning black aptly named Nepalese Gold. The latter is grown at high elevation and is intensely aromatic with striking golden leaves rendering a well balanced brew. We find it to be more subtle than Ceylon while offering a richer and more mellow flavor than Darjeeling. No surprise it is quickly becoming a favorite. Moving down into the foothills, a refreshing green is created by hand plucking the first leaves of the spring season. Pale pink in hue with a delicate aroma, Himalayan Spring offers the subtlety of a white tea and the distinctive taste of a light, classic green. Both of these teas can be enjoyed hot or cold making them a perfect year round choice.