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One day, my timing was ‘just right’ when I went for tea at Happy Lucky’s. There was a line-up of tea’s and tasting going on from a new company in Denver (Nepali tea traders) and owner George was keen to carry some of their teas in the shop. But, which ones?

I took my seat at the bar and Andy placed what was left of 12 tasting sets in front of me for an opinion.

“Yes!”, I cheered internally! “I get to taste all this tea!”

I love Nepalese tea, and I picked 4 that I thought would be good for the shop to carry, which matched the tasters opinion.
Later, this Ruby Pu-er came in and when I tasted it, I said it should bump any of the other teas! An absolute must! Best of all the tea’s!

George was on the fence about it at first. Would a small town really respond well to a Pu-er like this one? (He only carried a handful of Pu-er’s in the shop) We talked about the new website which I knew would benefit from having a tea like this one and he agreed.(George is a smart man!)

Nepali Tea Traders donates all their profits to benefit the Nepali Youth Foundation and tea industry growth. (The owner’s parents worked in Nepal so there is a connection with a small area of tea farms)

Happy Luckys had a tasting at the shop which drew 45 people (a large crowd in our town), and the star of the show at that tasting and in the days to since has been this Nepal Ruby Pu-er Style Black Tea!

Taste
The flavor is warm and fruity. Cherries and brandied peaches, walnuts warmed in a skillet, wood and clover honey. All this might lead you to think of some dark and heavy tea but it’s not. The tea is light, almost like a wheat beer in color and smooth.

The second steep was sweet and buttery, a honey molasses stick of candy. No earthiness.

You’ll have to be careful not to over brew or the tea can become bitter. I added a little sugar (might add some honey next time) and the flavor was luxurious.
(If you like a little bitterness, it reminded me of some of the craft beers in town over at O’dells or New Belgium Breweries.)

Nepal is so close to Darjeeling that the tea can taste almost the same but fame has been out of reach for Nepal due to isolation and war.

Love, love, love this Pu-er style tea!

It is my understanding that this is the first Pu-er style black tea from Nepal

Indigobloom

that sounds spectacular Bonnie, I absolutely adore cherries! soon you’ll be an international tea consultant ;)

Bonnie

Hahaha! Me?! I’m laughing…like nobody needs my opinion,I don’t know why I give it in the first place except my daughter says writing on Steepster and drinking tea has really improved my health and she’s right!

tperez

Ooh man, that sounds like one I need to try :)

Bonnie

Not cheap…but they sell by the half ounce and take phone orders until the online is running.

Indigobloom

hey ya never know, and you have so many followers and people who love reading you here… don’t doubt yourself :)

Claire

This sounds really neat! When will their website be up and running?

Bonnie

look who’s talking! I’ll have to find out when the site will be up and note it here.

Azzrian

Oh dear Please PLEASE let us all know when this goes on sale! I really want some of this ! :)

Kashyap

I was very curious to learn about how the event went at Happy Lucky’s as it was not posted via FB as I will be hosting a cupping of the teas from Nepali Tea Traders at Staufs in Columbus, OH and I wanted to know how people responded and what teas were shared…love to hear about it

mrmopar

i got to call happy lucky’s

Bonnie

45 people attended the tasting…I just sent a couple pictures…and the star has been this tea. People were very excited about these tea’s. I’ve never seen that many people come in on a weeknight in the cold! This isn’t New York City! There were half ounce packets of all the tea’s available for sale after the tasting also already made up which was nice. Here’s some pictures…me with my nose to the wet leaves too. http://flic.kr/p/dPvBYZ

Kashyap

nice pics…looks like an interesting spot and glad it was a success. Great to see so much youth. The display tray is a great idea, but I have to think so close, finding subtle nuance might be difficult. Hope everyone had a great time.

Bonnie

I am so PROUD that Nepali Tea Trader’s chose this review for their kickstarter campaign! (I would have corrected my grammar had I known)
As of this comment, less than $850 is still needed for the goal of $20,000 to be met.

Sil

kickstarter? do you have the link bonnie? Happy to check it out and possibly help fund!

Bonnie

Look up their website for the link (I’m not on my computer)

Bonnie

Kickstarter FULLY FUNDED!!! $26,000 raised!!!

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Indigobloom

that sounds spectacular Bonnie, I absolutely adore cherries! soon you’ll be an international tea consultant ;)

Bonnie

Hahaha! Me?! I’m laughing…like nobody needs my opinion,I don’t know why I give it in the first place except my daughter says writing on Steepster and drinking tea has really improved my health and she’s right!

tperez

Ooh man, that sounds like one I need to try :)

Bonnie

Not cheap…but they sell by the half ounce and take phone orders until the online is running.

Indigobloom

hey ya never know, and you have so many followers and people who love reading you here… don’t doubt yourself :)

Claire

This sounds really neat! When will their website be up and running?

Bonnie

look who’s talking! I’ll have to find out when the site will be up and note it here.

Azzrian

Oh dear Please PLEASE let us all know when this goes on sale! I really want some of this ! :)

Kashyap

I was very curious to learn about how the event went at Happy Lucky’s as it was not posted via FB as I will be hosting a cupping of the teas from Nepali Tea Traders at Staufs in Columbus, OH and I wanted to know how people responded and what teas were shared…love to hear about it

mrmopar

i got to call happy lucky’s

Bonnie

45 people attended the tasting…I just sent a couple pictures…and the star has been this tea. People were very excited about these tea’s. I’ve never seen that many people come in on a weeknight in the cold! This isn’t New York City! There were half ounce packets of all the tea’s available for sale after the tasting also already made up which was nice. Here’s some pictures…me with my nose to the wet leaves too. http://flic.kr/p/dPvBYZ

Kashyap

nice pics…looks like an interesting spot and glad it was a success. Great to see so much youth. The display tray is a great idea, but I have to think so close, finding subtle nuance might be difficult. Hope everyone had a great time.

Bonnie

I am so PROUD that Nepali Tea Trader’s chose this review for their kickstarter campaign! (I would have corrected my grammar had I known)
As of this comment, less than $850 is still needed for the goal of $20,000 to be met.

Sil

kickstarter? do you have the link bonnie? Happy to check it out and possibly help fund!

Bonnie

Look up their website for the link (I’m not on my computer)

Bonnie

Kickstarter FULLY FUNDED!!! $26,000 raised!!!

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Colorado Grandma
http://www.teaandincense.com
Grandmother to 3 teenaged girls and 5 young boys. (we all drink tea!) I began teatime in the Summer over 30 years ago when my children were little. We took a break from play for tea and snacks every day. My children loved tea time.
There are several tea houses close to my home and a Tea Festival in Boulder. Fort Collins is a bit of a foodie town. We brew lots of Beer (Fat Tire is one brand) and have several Spice Shops (Savory was one featured on Food Network).
Colorado State University is a mile from my home and the Rocky Mountains begin to climb at the end of my street. The climate is semi-arid with LOTS OF SUN AT 5000 feet. (Heavy Winter snows start in higher elevations). Living my whole life in Northern California (Silicon Valley) I have to admit that I LOVE IT HERE!!!
I attend a wonderful Greek Orthodox Church and enjoy cooking ethnic foods (all kinds). I am disabled with Migraines and Fibromyalgia.
My family is Bi-racial (African-American, Scots) and Bi-cultural, (Peru, Cyprus, France, Mexico, Native American)
I’ve worked at a Winery, was a System Analyst, in telecom, been an Athlete and Coach, Artist, Vista Volunteer. Love healthy cooking (and delicious food!). Love to travel and have been to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Peru, Croatia, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska

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