The North American Tea Championship (NATC), the only independent and professionally-judged tea competition and most recognized on the global front, named the 22 best, premium hot teas from the fall 2013 harvest.
Five judges famous for their tea-tasting skills assessed nearly 200 premium loose-leaf teas for the North American Tea Championship in the Hot Tea Class-fall harvested teas for two days in the last week of February. The teas were divided into twenty two groups, each containing nine categories like brewed color, brewed aroma, brewed flavor, brewed harmony and many such categories. An overall numerical value on a 100‐point scale is then calculated by rating each the characteristic above. The top three positions in each category were judged and each tea was evaluated on this 100-point scale. The winning teas all scored within 80-90 marks range.
Jungpana’s winning story:
Jungpana was started by British planter Henry Montgomery Lennox in 1899, and Shantanu Kejriwal’s family acquired Jungpana from the Ranas of Nepal in 1956. The tea-estate is over 100 years old and has been providing smooth and amazing quality tea to tea lovers consistently over the years. It is situated in Darjeeling, tucked away from the prying eyes on the rugged mountains at altitudes ranging from 3,000 to 4,500 ft.
Jungpana has been winning the award of Darjeeling fall category for the last two years. “Organic Jungpana Wonder Muscatel” from the vast and spectacular tea estate of Jungpana won the Darjeeling fall category in the Hot Tea class. It has also received many other accolades and awards and is renowned all around the globe. Santanu Kejriwal the proprietor of Jungpana, mentions, “I think the weather suited us more this time and this helped us to produce the finest quality of second flush tea again, which is a tea connoisseur’s delight.”.
The North American Tea Championship (NATC) is produced by World Tea Media. NATC is an independent event, judged by professional cuppers, that evaluates premium teas from around the world that are sold in North America. Kim Jage, director of marketing and sales for the North American Tea Championship applauded and congratulated all the winners of the NATC.