Grower: Hariyali Cooperative
Tea Maker: Sarad Subba
Origin: Jasbirey Village - Ilam, Nepal
Elevation: 1,600m (5,200ft)
Cultivation: Natural (Organic, but no certification)
Harvest Date: October 2015 - Autumn Flush
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Moonshine is a white/green tea, depending on classification. These unusual hybrid teas are common in Nepal, where tea makers, without much influence from other regions, have developed their own teas through trial and error. The plucking standard and leaf is more similar to a white tea, with the soft, downy leaves. The processing is more like a green tea, with minimal oxidation on the leaf. Moonshine has a soft, sweet-savory profile, somewhat similar to Chinese Bi Luo Chun. The liquor has a cream-of-corn character, with its smooth, slightly brothy texture and the mix of sweet, savory, and salty notes. The finish is clean, with a slight dryness. This Fall 2015 harvest is the first batch ever offered by Hariyali Cooperative. The tea has been in-development since Spring 2015, and was improved over time, thanks in part to feedback from the Tealet buyer network. Thank you for being a part of direct-trade tea!