The Australian Association of Forget Me
Not Children’s Home & SLURP Tea present
with Leneen Forde AC former Governor of Qu
WITH MATT HYND
Grown in the rare air of the high-altitude hills in the shadows of Mount Everest are the hidden tea gardens of the Himalayas. Legend has it that the Nepalese tea industry was founded over 150 years ago, following a gift of rare Chinese tea saplings by Maharaja Jung Bahadur Rana. So taken with the Rana ordered his armies to plant the saplings throughout Nepal. The first officially recognized Nepali tea factory was founded in the area of Ilam, located close to the world-famous Indian tea gardens of Darjeeling. Ever since Nepali teas hit the palates of consumers, there has been the inevitable comparison with their Darjeeling counterparts. Amongst tea sommeliers, Nepali teas are renowned for their complex, yet subtle flavour profiles upon brewing. If you are lucky enough to hold a Nepali tea leaf in your hands you would notice that the leaf appearance and aroma does closely resemble a traditional Darjeeling. However, it is the majestic mountains in which Nepali teas grow that separate them from their Darjeeling cousins. Nepali teas are typically grown at altitudes between 1,300 and 2700 meters. Due to the unique topographical and geographical conditions in Nepal, tea growing enjoys a relatively long growing season that lasts from Early March to Late September. Throughout the growing season in Nepal, the harvest cycle is typically divided into four separate seasons, or flushes as they are commonly known. Each flush can be thought of as a stage of growth of the tea plant which imparts its own flavours onto the palate. The first flush is often considered the one that leads the lightest and most delicate of brews, with small tea leaves; whereas the second flush typically yields a slightly stronger brew; the third flush is colloquially known as the Monsoon Flush, where tea leaves are harvested during the summer rainy season. The Monsoon Flush usually leads to a tea that has a deep, fuller flavour. Like its younger sibling, the fourth or Autumn Flush lends itself to a more developed tea, with a musty, tart flavour once brewed. In Nepal, the production of tea can belong to one of two categories – Orthodox teas and CTC (Crush, Tear, Curl). As their names suggests, Orthodox teas, are the most traditional Nepali teas in which the leaves have been rolled by hand. In contrast, CTC teas are mechanically processed and typically end up in tea blends or tea bags. Typically teas destined for the Orthodox tea market are grown in the high elevations of Nepal near the Himalayas, while those for CTC are grown in the lower regions. At SLURP in order to bring you the best possible tea experience, we only use tea sourced from Fair Trade suppliers and have employed some of the world’s best blenders to create teas that not only look beautiful but have tastes and aromas that you will not find anywhere else. We are proud to be one of the few tea importers in Australia that use Fair Trade suppliers. Our partnership with the Forget Me Not Children’s Home allows us to assist the foundation in providing vulnerable children with a future by empowering them with education and a bright independent economic future. We have been so privileged to
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Celebrate World Day for Cultural Diversity, Dia logue and Development & the official launch of the new SLURP Tea ‘Forget Me Not’ Selectio n
10am - 12noon Tuesday 21 May 2013 at The Shore Restaura nt & Bar, South Bank
Forget Me Not partne rs with organisations, in Nepal, India and Uganda, on the gro und with local knowle dge and expertise to protect & provide for children, reu niting those we can with their fam ilies and assist with kee pin together. Our work is valued, required and ma g families kes a world of difference each day to hundreds of lives across three nations. We ’d love your help.
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work with FMN that at SLURP we decided to create a unique tea blend to celebrate the fabulous work they are doing. This Forget Me Not blend is be based on a green tea sourced from the Himalayan region and is blended with a green tea that has fresh herbaceous qualities enhanced by the delicate sweetness of rose petals with the beautiful spectacle of flower blossoms mixed throughout.
ABOUT SLURP Since bursting onto the Australian tea scene SLURP has created a phenomenal buzz with its funky tea blends, Australian made functional art teawares and our High SocieTEA parties. Thanks to our many satisfied customers, or as we call you - our SLURPers, SLURP teas have been featured in news and magazine articles worldwide – from the blogs of local foodies in Australia, to the glossy magazines in America, and the connoisseur food reviews in Europe. At SLURP our goal is to create a range of teas to make your tea experience as exciting, unique and entirely unforgettable.
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