Nepal tea has a similar taste and colour to that of Darjeeling. This is in no small part due to the fact that the climate and geography of the area the tea is grown in are similar to that of Darjeeling Tea. However, that’s where the similarities end. For many, the Nepal Black Tea is preferred to Darjeeling, but due to supply not keeping up with demand it is a lesser-known tea growing region.
History of Tea in Nepal
The history of Nepalese tea dates back to the late 19th and early 20th century. The British rule in India allowed the Darjeeling tea trade to thrive whereas, in Nepal who had managed to retain its independence, the tea industry couldn’t support even the domestic demand for tea. In 1966 this all changed when the Nepal Tea Development Corporation was set up to help promote Nepali tea world.
Since then Nepalese tea has seen huge growth, not anywhere near the size of Indian and Chinese production levels but enough to sustain the industry. The Nepal tea garden produces some of the finest tea in the world.
There are two different processes for tea in Nepal, Orthodox and Crush, tear, curl (CTC). With orthodox tea, the tea leaves are processed by hand. It is mostly used in processing white tea, green tea and oolong tea.
The CTC method uses machines to process the tea, the leaves are crushed, torn and curled by the machines. Around 95% of the tea consumed in Nepal is made using the CTC process due to the lower production costs.
Our Loose Teas from Nepal
We offer a range of Nepali tea, including our Nepal Green Tea Mao Feng which has leaves that are picked from the top of the tree, giving it its distinctive colour. We have also been importing and packing our Gurkha 50 Tea Bags for over 20 years, we also have our popular Nepal 1st Flush Shree Antu Gurkha Tea and Assam Tea Harmutty 2nd Flush