Tea Review: Curious Tea’s First Flush Jun Chiyabari

April 14, 2015 in Black Tea / Tea Review

“Curious Tea is a monthy tea subscription service based in the UK. “We strongly believe in supplying only high-grade premium loose tea. Since tea quality and purity is our paramount consideration, we only select teas that meet our high quality standards. Our tea is sourced from many countries around the world, but mainly comes from India, China, Japan, Taiwan and Sri Lanka.” Here’s just one of the many teas that have made their way in their subscription service. 

Ingredients: Nepalese Black Tea from Jun Chiyabari

Steep Time: 5 minutes

First Sip Thought: “Where have you been all my life?”

Smell: A lasting aroma that brings me back to one of my first times having a cup of Darjeeling. Jun Chiyabari is a neighbor to the famous Darjeeling tea province and has some resemblance. Some floral notes are noticeable before and after it is steeped.

Taste: Darjeeling has always been a go-to tea for me and because I find it to be similar to this tea could be why I fell in love with it so quickly. I can’t believe I have not tried tea from Jun Chiyabari before. See, this is another reason why tea blogging is awesome! Thank you Curious Tea for giving me this delicious opportunity.

This first flush is harvested in Spring and produces a mixed dark and green leaf with a tip. The soft amber liquor reminded me of a white tea, however the taste didn’t disappoint for the black tea department. It is delightful and offers slightly full and woody like flavours. With no bitterness and being very smooth, I find the aftertaste to be somewhat sweet. I think this is where the floral aroma comes to play and gives off its floral undertones (orange blossoms to be exact, says Curious Tea). It is quite pleasant and I would definitely have to agree with that description. This tea was very enjoyable and should be on anyone’s list of teas to try, especially if you are a Darjeeling fan already! 

Verdict: 5 out of 5 tea leaves
*Interested in this tea? You can find it online here.

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