In this travelogue, follow the Rishi Tea buying team to the tea gardens and cultural sites of Nepal, a landlocked nation in the Himalaya Mountain Range. In 2001, the Jun Chiyabari tea garden was established in the eastern Himalaya region of Nepal, set 1400-1800 meters above sea level in the hills surrounding the town of Hile in Dhankuta district. This emerging tea growing area is 200km east of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, and just 65km west of the Darjeeling and Sikkim tea regions of India.
The Jun Chiyabari Estate is home to some of the most exquisite teas in Nepal and is under the management of a true tea artisan with more than 25 years of tea making experience. The teas of the Jun Chiyabari Estate range in variety from classic Himalayan black and green teas to innovative styles of oolong and white tea. The teas grown here have some of the most profound and elegant aromas in the Himalaya tea region, including Darjeeling, and the quality of Nepal tea is improving year after year through the positive relationships and open communication between smallholder tea cultivators and the tea factory. Jun Chiyabari Tea Estate is one of the favorite emerging tea projects of Rishi Tea's founder and tea buyer, Joshua Kaiser. After many years of tasting micro-lots of tea and discussing Rishi Tea standards with Jun Chiyabari Estate, we are proud to offer a taste of Nepal tea, with interesting teas each year by the artisans at Jun Chiyabari.
A very positive aspect of Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden is that it employs women in ways uncommon to this part of the world. This estate has taken steps to empower women by putting them into supervisory positions and mandating equal pay between male and female colleagues. You can read more at the Nepali Times.