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Wikipedia: Nepal | Official Government Website: www.nepalgov.gov.np 
Updated: Dec. 31, 2014 

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About Nepal | Styles of Tea Produced in Nepal | Best (Top-Rated) Nepalese Teas

About Nepal

A misty tea garden with rows of tea plants disappearing into fog, amidst scattered treesThe Bajra tea garden in Bhadrapur, Nepal. Photo by Wonaw, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.
Nepal is a country which is a small but important producer of tea, ranking 19th (0.34%) in world production in 2008.[1] Nepal has a diverse topography and climate relative to its small size. Mount Everest, the highest point on earth, is located in Nepal along the border with China; the country also contains low-lying areas with a warm subtropical climate.

The country is affected by the seasonal monsoon pattern affecting south and southeast Asia, and receives most of its precipitation in the warmest months. The climate zones in Nepal mostly run east-west, corresponding to altitude changes. There are thus climates suitable for growing tea across the entire east-west length of the country.

Although much of the country is suitable for growing tea, for historical reasons, most of the tea grown in Nepal is grown in the eastern regions of Dhankuta, Illam, Jhapa, Therathum, and Panchthar.[2] Nepal contains one of the highest tea estates in the world, Meghma estate, located at an elevation of 7000 feet [3], although an old source claimed that India has an estate near Ooty (Ootacamund, in Nilgiri) at an elevation of 8000 feet.[4]

Tea pickers with big baskets on their backTea harvesting in Nepal. Photo by Ganesh Paudel, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.
The eastern tea-growing region of Nepal borders the Darjeeling district of India, and has a similar climate. Teas from this region are very similar to Darjeeling tea, both in terms of flavor and aroma, and in that they are harvested and classified according to the same system of flushes (first flush, second flush, autumnal flush, etc.). The production of teas in this region has been directly influenced by the culture and practices of tea production in neighboring Darjeeling.

Like India, Nepal produces mostly black tea, but in recent years, more oolong and green teas have started to be produced by some Nepalese tea estates.

References:

1. FAOSTAT: Production: Crops, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Retrieved Jan. 29, 2010.


2. Nepali Tea, Nepal Vista, Retrieved Jan. 2, 2010.


3. Honeybee, The Simple Leaf Tea, Retrieved Feb. 11, 2010, archive.org.


4. Highest grown tea in the world, The Age, Jun. 8, 1965.


Styles of Tea Produced in Nepal

This is a selection, not an exhaustive listing, of the styles of tea most commonly produced in Nepal.

Best Nepalese Teas

The notion of the "best" Nepalese teas is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas produced in Nepal, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

Most Often-Rated Teas

Picture of Nepal Sakhira, Black Tea

Nepal Sakhira, Black Tea

Brand:Simpson & Vail
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
Picture of TM40: Singalila Estate SFTGFOP1

TM40: Singalila Estate SFTGFOP1

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
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Nepal 2nd Flush 2014 Golden Tips Black Tea

Brand:What-Cha
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
Picture of Nepal Monsoon Flush 2014 Pearl Oolong Tea

Nepal Monsoon Flush 2014 Pearl Oolong Tea

Brand:What-Cha
Style:Oolong Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
Picture of Nepal 1st Flush 2014 Silver Oolong Tea

Nepal 1st Flush 2014 Silver Oolong Tea

Brand:What-Cha
Style:Oolong Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating

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