Nepali Tea Traders

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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
273 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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59
drank Ana's Green by Nepali Tea Traders
273 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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74

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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98

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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80

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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97

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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75

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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I haven’t had white tea in a really long time. It usually tastes like hay to me. Not this one! I have to agree that this is not just any old white tea. This is like drinking summer! YUM! Notes of melon, citrus, butter, and yes, hay.

I just might have to add a couple of whites to my stash. Thank you TheLastDodo for including this in the package!

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75

Thank you to Nepali Tea Traders for including this beautiful tea with the sample of Masala Chai they sent to me last month. Looking at this tea, the dry leaves are long and curled. When I drop them into the steaming water they move and twirl like a nest of lazing snakes. The smell is clean and airy like a cool spring afternoon with the windows thrown open. After steeping, the leaves have opened just a bit but are still somewhat curled into each other. Both the leaves and the liquid have taken on a roasted quality which I’m greatly enjoying.

I’ve been thinking the last couple of days about the people of Nepal, about all they’ve lost. I have to remind myself to be sincere, to be understanding. Nepal is a world away, a place I’ve never seen filled with people I’ve never met. It’s hard to imagine the devastation and destruction when I’m listening to the news in my car or sitting in my kitchen surrounded by safety and comfort. The number lost is astounding to me, incomprehensible even, like it’s so high that it barely contains meaning. What to even compare it to? And as if the people lost are not enough, those who remain have had chunks of their identity and culture taken from them, history crumbling right before their eyes. I have to remind myself to be empathetic, to try to understand what all of this must be like for so many people. The fear and the uncertainty. It’s so easy for me to turn my face, to close my mind. But I don’t want to. I want to connect, to help. Even across this great big world. I know there are ways to give, and I will find them, but until then I’m going to connect in the best way I know how. I’ll drink a cup of this tea, the leaves worked by Nepali hands, and pray for the hurt. I’ll remember and be grateful.

Flavors: Roasted

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

The sample I received since I’d asked for black tea. I really like the colour of the leaves. There is a nice, light floral scent. It has a bit of a floral flavour as well, with some fruit.

Since today was my day off, I decided to have some loose leaf tea again. That is kinda hard to do at my work, especially since there is no tea kettle (yet). So I am glad to try this sample. This is also my 500th tasting note. Whooo!

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84

Water: 8oz

Leaves: medium leaves/ Triangle tea bag

Steep: 3m,4m

Aroma: Spice

Color: Golden brown

Taste: Feeling a bit under the weather i decided to go with something really quick & simple for today. Going with a tea bag, but this bag was different from all the others I have had in the past, i found it cool how it had no string. therefor i could just toss it in my mug & be good to go! The bag was a very fine mesh like material with plenty of space for tea to float around. When brewing not only could you see the black tea leaves but also flecks of green. The aroma of various spices filled my cup as i brew for 3~4 minutes a slightly lighter shade than other back tea I’ve had in the past, with great clarity no cloudiness at all as I’ve experienced with other traditional tea bags. When drinking i found this to have a nice smoothness with a light spice flavor.

*Update: This tea stopped my runny nose! I was even able to brew 16oz for 8m and it was still good! I say 4 steeps max for now. I’m surprised i was able to fall asleep normally due to the tea having high caffeine amount.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79

Finally got time to try the sample from Nepali Tea Traders! I brewed this at work and almost completely forgot when I got caught up doing something else. thank goodness I was able to save it from oversteeped hell just in time. I was nervous at the first sip and was bracing myself for a bitter brew, but thankfully only sweet, sweet smooth masala was there to comfort me. This was a great sample, with all the right spice, sweetness and bread-like malty qualities I like in a chai. It packs the beast ratio of chai ‘punch’. I actually like the sachet it came in. it’s a convenient way for me to make a good cuppa at work without the fuss.

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80

I appreciate the free sample!

I took this without milk or sugar both times. A gentle masala chai overall. The liquor sweetly smells of cardamon and cinnamon, and tastes mildly spicy (the ginger is most prominent), which doesn’t linger in the aftertaste and allows the base tea – malty, bread-like – to take over.

This masala chai blend would be perfect to have in mid-autumn.

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

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89

I love Masala Chai, and this version is a wonderfully light version that allows the tea to shine through and not be overwhelmed by the spices. I steeped for a bit more than 3 minutes which yielded a light/medium orange brew with an excellent flavor and aroma. Nothing added, just enjoyed it in it’s natural state. Excellent.

I received two pyramid tea bags/sachets from Nepali Tea Traders, and both were gone and brewed the day they arrived. Nice flavor, spicy aroma and a tea I could drink all day long. Thank you to Nepali Tea Traders, I look forward to ordering more tea from you soon.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

Received a loose leaf sample of this wonderful tea direct from Nepali Tea Traders, and was very pleased. It is a Darjeeling oolong, partially oxidized, that brews up a lovely medium orange brew. The flavor is a remarkable combination of spiciness and muscatel, yielding multiple steeps that has a very pleasant mouth feel or texture. Highly recommended.

I don’t see this currently listed on their site, but I think I might try one of the other Darjeeling oolongs listed. They are a wonderfully different breed from the Chinese and Taiwanese oolongs that I love.

Flavors: Muscatel, Spices

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

Good — but not great — black tea. More like Chinese blacks I’ve had than South Asian ones, nutty and malty. Smells similar to Whistpering Pines’ Golden Snail tea, but not nearly as strong or robust — or as interesting. I appreciate the sample, but I’m not likely to buy it as it’s pretty expensive for a Nepali tea. It would be a nice everyday tea, but I wouldn’t pay a premium for it.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt, Nutty, Peanut

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76

This is a milder chai with a nice powder coating to it. The taste could be stronger and still keep the black tea taste as well. This was just a bit dry and weak for my taste, however it is quite smooth which is nice.

Preparation
5 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Ruby Pu'Erh by Nepali Tea Traders
694 tasting notes

Thank you Napali Tea Trader’s for this sample. This tea is quite tasty. It is not really puerh even thyough I don’t doubt it’s fermented. It is a delicious, malty black tea. Definitely get hints of dry grapes as another reviewer suggested. The malt is not overpowering. It reminds me a lot of a breakfast tea but is more mild than one from Sri Lanka. If I ever get around to an order from Nepali Tea Traders and they are on my list, I will buy this tea.

I steeped this tea twice in a 8oz glass teapot with the entire sample, 1.7g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 3 min and 4 min.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

This was pretty good – if I didn’t have a similar black that I like better before it I might say really good. It has a slight sweetness, tastes mostly like bread and malt, with a hint of grape. A good morning tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

This tea smells a lot like Darjeeling in the package which is interesting. The taste is rather mild for what would be expected when you look at the liquor and smell the tea. This tea is great for some calm sipping, but I would like something a bit stronger.

Preparation
5 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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85

Thanks again to Nepali Tea Traders for the sample! I know sachets are problematic, but I quite like them for the convenience without sacrificing the pleasure of loose leaf. This is so yums. The brew is a medium orange. It’s sweet and malty. The cinnamon was actually more prominent when I made this in a travel mug versus the regular mug I’m using now. The spice here is more abstractly warming than dominantly flavorful. I got a solid second steep out of this bag. A level tablespoon of manuka honey added some sweetness but wasn’t really necessary. I wouldn’t recommend this iced though. It just… doesn’t work.

Overall, I’m not running to buy more right this second but would definitely consider buying this in the future. Sipdown!

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85

Thank you to Nepali Tea Traders for sending me a sample of this! I appreciate that the sample consists of two sachets, which gives me some room to play around. I used the first sachet in my travel mug for breakfast tea this morning.

I’m glad I checked out LiberTEAS ‘s note before trying this tea. I would have added rice milk before trying it and I think that would have been a mistake. This is a very gentle chai. Cinnamon is prominent here but not sharp. The base tea is malty but not heavy. I’m looking forward to trying this in a regular mug so I can experience it more fully.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Malt

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80

The scent is malty, dry, fresh, with a finish of caramel. The taste is surprisingly sweet, astringent, but in a refreshing way. Caramel, hints of cocoa, a little earthy and at times reminds me of a pu-erh. As it cools, the astringency increases and it has almost a “chewy” finish with hints of grain. The nots of grain increase and remind me of barley tea or fresh corn.

Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa, Corn Husk, Roasted Barley

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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