Infusion Suggestion: 200oF, 3min
Certifications: USDA Organic
Caffeine Level: Medium
Tasting Notes: Dried Straw, Pine Nuts, and Bonfire
Kumaon Joy: A partially oxidized black tea which carries the vegetal undertones of green tea alongside the earthy notes of black tea. This is an original small batch tea created by our partners in Kumaon.
Taste: This tea emerged from an experiment. When we initially partnered with the tea producers of Kumaon - they produced exclusively black teas. Our first collaboration was to produce a white tea (Kumaon White) which became popular in the US but not in the Kumaon community where it was being made. Locals said it was not strong enough. In response, the tea makers went on to produce their own compliment to black tea which led to the creation of Kumaon Joy. This tea has strong earth notes, but carries the freshness of green tea. It is outstanding as a cold brewed tea as well.
Production: Kumaon Joy is made through letting the teas rest for an unusually long wither. Once withered and rolled they are only partially oxidized before being dried.
Region: Nestled in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, Kumaon lies 200 miles west of Nepal’s border and is one of the most remote regions in all of India. When the British introduced tea to India they were enticed by the acidic and well drained soils of Kumaon. The plant thrived on the mountainside slopes, but the region’s isolation made it difficult for the British to export the tea from their ports. Only today are efforts being made to reintroduce the unique and quality teas of Kumaon outside of India.
Growers: In the 1920s, a group of six families moved to Kumaon from Sri Lanka to revitalize the gardens. One of these families, the Birkbecks, has remained in Kumaon and is committed to bringing Kumaon teas to the world.
Impact: Today more than 200 Kumaon families produce more than 120,000 lbs of tea annually. Kumaon tea farmers earn 5-10 times the average rates of Indian tea farmers. This is where Young Mountain Tea first collaborated with farmers to create Kumaon White - and bring teas from this region to market. Other Kumaon teas include Kumaon Black.