Ilam estate has a Darjeeling-like character with good muscatel flavour. Some may ask: ‘What is the muscatel flavour?’ When you taste this tea you will experience an almost perfume like character that some tea drinkers call ‘Chanel like’: others call the Darjeeling character ‘slightly over-fired’ or oaky. The muscatel flavour is the natural taste of the tea - becoming more pronounced during April (light tasting with astringency and intense flavor) and June (intense flavor with more body). The flavour is on account of the altitude of the tea estate, the soil conditions in the Himalayas the weather patterns, temperatures. The area where Ilam is produced is high in the Himalayan Mountains. The slopes where the tea is produced are extremely steep which makes it very difficult for the tea pluckers to go about their work. At Ilam one is surrounded by the high snow covered peaks of the world’s highest mountains. It is truly a very scenic area. The quality of this tea befits the tremendous efforts undertaken to produce the tea and the beautiful surroundings.
Region: Ilam, Nepal
Growing Altitudes: 3500-7000 ft above sea level
Liquor: Bright, light tending slightly greenish
Grading: TGFOP #1 (Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe)
Flavour Profile: This tea has lovely hints of muscatel and good strength, similar to an excellent Darjeeling.
Serving: 1.5 tsp | Temperature: 100 Degrees | Steep Time: 2-3 mins