Net Wt: 50 g

Red & Dark Semi-oxidised Tea
Plucking Standard: Blunt buds and overgrown leaves


Orange and red hue liquor, crispy astringent, mellow buttery, fruity with a reminiscent of wild berries.

Chunky, inconsistent yet flamboyant colourful well-twisted leaves with layered complexes of flavour defines the best Oolong type tea.This is progressive oxidised tea that changes with the seasons, with harvests. Depending upon the season and the timing of the harvest, the leaves may have a bit of muscatel touch because of the ‘thrips response’, which you can evidently witness in the broken or bug bitten leaves. Seven to Eight hours of cold brew can give you the best experience to quench your thirst.

Hābre, in local dailect of Ilam, Nepal, is the original name for Red Panda, which is a listed endangered specie found in the eastern Himalayan belt. Mai-pokhari region is one of the greatest habit of these red pandas and also a heritage listed region for Red Panda preservation authorised by the Nepal Government and the UNESCO.


Cultivar selection and segregation in processing is the key to make this Oolongs. The judgment of choosing a particular day for picking and time of picking also makes a remarkable effect in the finished profiles of this tea. The consistent size of two leaves and a bud selected and picked in warm dry weather contributes largely to the qualities of this Oolong.


The degree of wither varies upon the day to day weather but is restricted to a shorter length by using gentle conditioned forced air. As the name depicts the leaves are then rolled either by hand or wrapped in a cloth. The drying process of this Oolong is short and a good mass of hot air is required to finish these Oolongs.

Mai Pokhari

UFC Code 190-T2
E00592500 N02987063
Elevation 1977

Location: Maipokhari, Ilam, Nepal
Depending Households: 100
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1 tsp per cup | 70ºC – 80ºC | 2 – 3 minutes

(Cold brew) 2 tsp per cup | Refrigerate | 6 – 8 hours

Mai-pokhari area is special for its artisan teas and red panda. The other fact is that the 99 percent of the world does not know that there is red panda.

Red Panda, also known as Hābre in eastern Nepal, is a native animal of south-east Asia. The red panda habitat in Nepal lies in the east hill region at altitudes between 2,200 and 4,800 meters above sea level. Although carnivorous, this animal heavily relies on a herbivorous diet such as tender bamboo shoots and tall tree leaves. But with the ever-growing human population and deforestation, the survival of these beautiful specie has become a pressing concern for decades, with their favourite source of food; bamboo forest degenerating, creating an ecological gap consequently pushing them on the brink. Learn more>>


It takes a bit of rare luck to have a sight of this shy-natured specie.


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