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This blend contains orange peel in addition to jasmine. I’ve imagined for a while that orange and jasmine would be a match made in heaven, so when I saw that this tea was part of the Amoda sale, I had to give it a try!

The thing that I was immediately struck by when I first opened the envelope was just how visible the jasmine was in the blend. Mixed in with the dark green strands of leaf and chunks of dried orange peel were whole flowers. Huge!

However, the leaf didn’t smell like the perfumed onslaught I was expecting. Instead, it smelled mild, slightly vegetal, and slightly floral.

This lightness and gentleness held up upon brewing. I took a big heaping spoonful and steeped it for 2 minutes in 70°C water, as directed on the package. I was worried that this would lead to a weak, nothing-flavoured tea, but I was mistaken — the resulting liquid was a pleasing orange-yellow colour that signalled good things.

And, yup, the taste was just like the dried leaf — mild, gently sweet, and with a texture and softness in the mouth that reminded me of baby powder (in a good way). The jasmine flavour here is wispy and feather-light. Surprisingly pleasant! I didn’t get any orange, but I’m still in love with how gentle the whole thing is.

Full review at: http://booksandtea.ca/2016/04/orange-ginger-jasmine-oh-look-amoda-teas/

Kristal

For me personally, I find for some jasmine teas to get bitter even at 175F water, so 160F is what I use. I can also understand the lower temp so the orange peel doesn’t leave a weird/bitter taste too. Glad you enjoyed it!

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Apparently I forgot to log this so I am back to 99 teas but still under 100. Yay! This is a smooth tea with a dash of malt and some baked bread notes. It’s a little bit brisk but not overly so. Alright, but nothing special.

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drank Khumbu by Nepali Tea Traders
750 tasting notes

Moderate to high maltiness, higher as it cools. Sour but not bitter notes in the finishing tastes, maybe a bit of tobacco but not smoke. Astringency is moderate. A good, bright tea. I don’t know if I’ll replace when it is gone, but if it were on sale or had no shipping… I’d seriously consider it.

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Very light for a black tea; it looks like a green. Taste is mostly malty with some grassy and citrusy flavor as well. Makes me think of a first flush Darjeeling.

Leaves are small with lots of leaf fragments. Maybe not the best candidate for gaiwan brewing. As I resteep it seems to be getting more bitter over time, possibly due to the state of the leaves.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Sweet but not particularly interesting.

Flavors: Grass, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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I have a strong affinity for teas from Nepal, some of the most overlooked teas in the world come out of this region. Several of the very best green teas I have had have come from Nepal. This is a very lightly oxidized Darjeeling-style tea. It has many of the excellent flavors found in its more expensive counterparts, but overall it is not quite as complex. Still a delicious tea I would buy again.

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Fruity, Herbaceous, Muscatel

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 7 OZ / 207 ML

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I got this sample from Good Tea Leaf. I hadn’t heard of them before, but apparently they offer samples of tea from various tea vendors for a discounted price once a month. This one came from Nepali Tea Traders. Now, I typically try not to drink tea after about 9 but I just got home from work and it was such a snowy night here in KC that I couldn’t pass up a little tea time. I chose the white tea for it’s relative lightness, and lightness is exactly what I am getting.

I put 7g in my gaiwan and gave it a quick rinse. The little buds and leaves smell very mildly of dried grass with a touch of sweetness. A 10 second steep and I can barely make out any flavor profile. 15 seconds gives me a touch of the same sweet grass as before. I went ahead and skipped to 30s, 45s, a minute… still just sweet grass, maybe a touch of something citrus. When I reheated my water and gave it a longer steep at a highter temperature a decent amount of astringency came out. I will use the rest of the sample to brew this Western style.

Overall I wouldn’t buy this tea again, there are just too many good white teas out there. I also wonder when this tea was picked. A quick scan of the original website didn’t give a production date, and if this is a 2014 or before much of the original complexity could very well be gone. That said, I WOULD order samples form Good Leaf Tea again. Quick shipping and an overall good experience.

Flavors: Grass, Hay, Honey

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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This was a free sample from Napali Tea Traders. Thank you! This is one of those just good black teas. Nothing fancy, nothing that stands out, but just solid. It is smooth, and slightly caramely/malty. Not really any astringency. Prior to getting into loose leaf tea it is what I wold have been referring to when I said I will have some tea.

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I received this as a courtesy sample along with the free sample of Himalayan Chai. Thanks, Nepali Tea Traders!

Brewed in an infuser mug. Followed the website’s direction.

The dry leaf is pretty, up close. The leaves are short and curly, and are mostly very dark green, some red-tinted brown, and a few white with hairs. I also like the look of the wet leaf: uniformly chocolate-like, some broken, others whole. I never had a Nepalese tea in general, so I went in expecting nothing. This oolong resembles a first flush Darjeeling. The overall aroma smells of white grapes. The liquor, which becomes juicier as it cools, has a muscatel taste. Amber colored and smooth, light in body and in flavor intensity.

Enjoyable, but I’d waiver on a purchase. I like my fruity/muscatel teas to be punchier. I’d have to increase the leaf-water ratio. However, if offered a cup, I wouldn’t refuse.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Everest Earl Grey by Nepali Tea Traders
7472 tasting notes

Another from VariaTEA and yes…it’s an early grey. But this is a muted, orange-ish sort of tea. it’s less earl grey and more…weird orange black tea. Not a fan…was hoping from something different with the vanilla addition in this one.

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This was part of the Amoda Nepal tasting box. $5 of the price of the box went to benefit the victims of the earthquake this year, so it gave me a “good” excuse to buy more tea. I’m really liking this tea a lot. The flavorings are mild, and you can still appreciate the base tea, which is fresh and vegetal. I’m looking forward to tasting this tea again when I’m not painting my nails (the citrus from the nail polish remover I’m sure is overwhelming some of the aromas and flavors that are there.)

Unrelated: I’m newly obsessed with the Hae Min Lee case since discovering the Undisclosed podcast. I anxiously await the second season of Serial and the results of the testing on the forensic evidence (will it be made public regardless of the results?)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
keychange

I was obsessed with that as well. And do we know yet when the next season will start?

keychange

Wait, you mean the serial podcast right?

CharlotteZero

I haven’t seen anything about when the next season is going to start (except for the vague “later in 2015”), but it’s been recently released that the subject of next season will be Bowe Bergdahl. I’m now trying to avoid learning anything new about that case, so I can really enjoy the second season.

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I ordered a sample of this from Amoda tea right before they sold out. The vanilla bean is the star of this blend. It is super fragrant in the dry leaf, and truly vanilla bean in flavor (not vanilla flavoring, not cream or frosting flavored). The black tea is rich and smooth without being too overpowering. The orange notes are just present enough to confirm this is an earl grey, but the citrus definitely takes a backseat to the herbal vanilla. I don’t drink my tea with milk or sugar, so I am getting the most robust take on this blend. I bet this would be decadent and comforting with a dose of milk. I will be eager to see when this ends up back in stock, it’s the suavest earl grey I’ve had the pleasure to drink.

Flavors: Cream, Earl Grey, Earth, Orange Zest, Vanilla

Shae

It looks like Amoda no longer carries this one, but you can still purchase it through the Nepali Tea Traders website.

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Thank you to Nepali Tea Traders for the sample! I suspect this is the same tea used for the base of their Masala Spiced blend. It’’s delicious. Apparently Nepalese blacks lack the astringency of most other black teas and don’t hurt my stomach. This one is mellow and bready with a faint apricot note. In later steeps, a strong honey note comes to the fore. I’m truly displeased that this is a sipdown. Once I get my cupboard under control, this goes on the keep-in-stock list. Though it seems like I’ve been saying that for years about various teas and my cupboard is still a mess…

Flavors: Apricot, Honey

Christina / BooksandTea

Ooh, this sounds nice. I’ll take a look at Nepali Tea Traders in general.

Kaylee

You should! Their masala blend is a work of art.

TeaNTees

One of my favorite straight blacks! :)

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Thank you for this review and for introducing me to a new website for responsibly sourced teas. Can’t wait to place an order & try this tea!

Christina / BooksandTea

Heh, I totally forgot about this note, but I did get some of this tea from Amoda during their Black Friday sale. At least I’m consistent!

Kaylee

Yay! I hope you enjoy it.

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Earl Grey is one of my favorites so I’m excited to try Nepali Tea Traders’ interpretation with vanilla bean and added orange peel. The tea leaves appear to be chopped into smaller pieces in this one. There are small bits of orange peel but I don’t see any of the vanilla bean yet. The color of the liquid after steeping is a red mahogany and the taste is bergamot with a bit of tang. I really wish I could taste the vanilla. I was so excited about a vanilla Earl Grey. Maybe I just didn’t get any vanilla bean pieces in this cup.

Second Steep
8 ounces + 195 degrees + 6 minutes

This second cup was not so bold as the first, but it also seemed smoother. I think I prefer it to the first cup actually.

Flavors: Bergamot, Smooth, Tangy

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Jestha Jasmine by Nepali Tea Traders
549 tasting notes

It’s bitter as I expected it would be. I steeped this far too long so it’s completely my fault. I still like this one better than yesterday’s green. It seems sweeter and more fragrant.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 160 degrees + 2 minutes

I steeped this cup correctly. Even with the long first steep, it has a deep color and a nice, light aroma. I actually taste green beans in this. That’s a first for me. I haven’t tasted the orange in either cup though.

Flavors: Green Beans, Sweet

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Ana's Green by Nepali Tea Traders
549 tasting notes

Yesterday was a rough day and, unfortunately, it’s carried over into this morning. I’m going to try to make things a little better with a cup of good tea. I steeped this at a lower temperature, though I’m not sure of the exact temp since I didn’t use a thermometer to check it. I just know that I started with 200 degree water and let it cool for about 3 minutes before adding the tea leaves.

There is a roasted quality to this that actually reminds me somewhat of an oolong. Could that be right? The steeped leaves have that same roasted aroma. With just a touch of honey, the taste is quite enjoyable. This one I’m sure would be best in a gaiwan so I may try that next time.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 2 minutes

The leaves are starting to relax and slump. A little bitter, more vegetal this time around.

Flavors: Bitter, Roasted, Vegetal

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’m not doing a very good job at taking notes on this one. My first cup was very dark and a touch bitter but this was easily smoothed out with the addition of some cream. My second cup I steeped at a lower temperature (195°) for a longer period of time (7 min). It didn’t get quite as dark as the first cup but it still smells nice and strong.

The leaves are tiny corkscrews, some black and some a fuzzy gold.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I got this tea as a sample with my order. I steeped it up to have with breakfast this morning (pancakes and syrup with strawberries, yum). It’s not really a breakfasty tea, but whatever. The loose leaf smelled pretty non-descript, and the brew smelled like a light-bodied black, perhaps like a Keemun or Darjeeling. My first sip was surprisingly sweet; I got a big hit of honey flavor, followed by some very mellow malt and a slight hint of bread. I think the reason it is so light in flavor for me is possibly because I didn’t quite have two teaspoons worth, but I steeped it in my 16-oz. perfect Teamaker anyway… I tried to not fill it all the way to compensate, but I guess it must not have worked, unless this tea is just meant to be light—a quality about which I am not complaining, though, since I do love a good easygoing black tea! Sometimes you just aren’t in the mood for a strong cuppa. The honey flavor is really complementing these pancakes beautifully, too. I may just have to buy some of this!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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Good morning! I woke up this morning, and my house was freezing. I needed something to warm me up, so I picked this. I had almost forgotten about it actually, so i’m glad I still had this. I brewed this up in my porcelain mug. I’ve been wanting to try this piece out for awhile too. The little silken pyramids are pretty, but they do not have a string and tag. It is very to hard and painful to pick a sac out of boiling tea. I really wish they would have a string. Anyways, the aroma is that of a classic chai. My tea room is filled with cardamom and cinnamon with an underlying sweetness. The flavor is very subtle. The initial sip starts with a sharp spice but quickly shortens to a smooth and light body. This is a very light chai, and this would be perfect for someone just starting out on chai. It warmed me up and now the suns out. I liked it as a quick brew.

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Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
KiwiDelight

I prefer brewing my chai with loose tea on the stove top but this is an exception.

Haveteawilltravel

As do I. This is the first tea Masala chai that I’ve tried.

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I bought this tea for two reasons: I wanted to support the company’s efforts (in a somewhat indirect way) to do their part to help rebuild Nepal, as they have pledged to do with their profits for the next year, and I wanted to try the tea that won the North American Tea Championship in 2014 in the black tea category. The reviews looked very promising, so I went ahead an ordered the 1.6-oz. package. The tea is very reminiscent of a Yunnan golden tips, but with a slight smoky/bitter edge to it, somewhat reminiscent of the flavor of a pecan, or like a single leaf of lapsang souchong snuck its way into the steeper. It’s deeply malty, but also smooth, like someone took my favorite beer and made it into a tea. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although next time I might try steeping it for less time, just to see. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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We’re having muffins this morning. Gloriously fluffy muffins, each with a large crumb and a dusting of cinnamon sugar covering its inflated top. Or at least that’s what we are supposed to be having. Instead, somewhere between the creaming of the butter and their rise in the oven something went terribly, terribly wrong. No sweet and gently spiced aromas permeating my kitchen this morning, only the curious almost-burnt stink that I noticed a few minutes too late. Apparently, my oven temperature jumped 25 degrees after the muffins went in and ruined everything. They didn’t rise after the first few minutes and so they came out looking like dark, greasy pucks. I tried passing a couple off to my sweet husband who innocently enough thought they were some sort of high-fiber bran muffin. They’re not.

As disappointed as I am with these wannabe muffins, I’m still sitting here eating one with a steaming cup of spiced black tea on the side. This tea, the last of a generous sample from Nepali Tea Traders, is just barely spiced. It’s a whisper of spice really so I wouldn’t consider it a chai blend at all. I’m very glad it wasn’t described as such or I might have been a bit let down. Since it wasn’t, I’m not. A very nice breakfast cup.

I’m searching now for seeds to plant in our tiny backyard garden. I don’t think I’ve ever been so ready for spring.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 195 degrees + 18 minutes

This isn’t as flavorful as the first cup, even with the longer steep. The spice is mostly gone, and the black tea itself is weak. Best to stick to a single serving of this one.

Flavors: Spices

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Thank you to Nepali Tea Traders for this generous sample! They included two sachets of this tea as well as a sample of loose leaf tea in their package. I’m very glad to be able to try both of these.

This tea came in a sachet, but I think I read on their website that it is sold as loose leaf. The dry tea in the sachet is broken into smaller pieces but once steeped they are larger and fill the pouch a little more. This blend is lightly spiced just as the description says. It lingers after each sip.

Flavors: Spices

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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