Nepali Tea Traders

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Another one from the SSTTB…this is an Amoda sample. It’s a white tea from Nepal I think. It is quite smooth, and has a medium body, for a white, maybe even a little heavier. There is a sweet note, and a little fuzzy on my tongue. I can almost pick out a cherry or plum feel to it, like you might find in a darker oolong, but not as strong. This is actually a fairly relaxing tea to drink. I like it!

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Sample sipdown. It might have been underleafed (I just dumped what was left of the sample into the infuser basket without measuring) but I remember being pretty underwhelmed with the first cup too. A fairly light black tea, and lightly spiced. Might be good for people who don’t really like chai, but I’m not a fan.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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A wonderful black tea: rich, sweet, full-bodied, robust. Caramel-y notes! Notes of cacao. A sweet plum note with woodsy, earthy contrasts. This is the kind of tea that evokes thoughts of freshly baked bread – that chewy texture from a loaf of freshly baked French bread. Mmm!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/10/kalo-chia-black-tea-from-nepali-tea-traders/

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Tea of the morning; I’ve had this sample forever and am just finishing it off now. I don’t tend to drink a lot of white teas, but I do enjoy them when I have them. I’m busy this morning with my job search and a few others things, so I’ll have to make this a short note.

I’ve had another Sandakphu white tea in the past, I think it was from the now defunct Rare Tea Republic. This has a delightful floral aroma in the cup. I am getting notes of almond, peach and roses. If you like white teas but are looking for something deeper and more flavorful than a standard silver needle or bai mudan, this is one worth checking out.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I actually purchased this tea from Happy Lucky’s in Fort Collins. However, I can’t seem to find it on their website so I am going to review the same tea from a different tea shop. I know, I know, risky business ;)

This tea is light and floral with a sweet taste going down. I would consider this to be more of a smooth taste rather than crisp. A nice cup of tea at night and a fair choice in the morning. I would prefer something a little stronger but if I am going to purchase a white tea, this would be a good option.

The leaves are larger and fluffy so it’s a tad hard to measure out the appropriate amount. I was told roughly 1 1/2 teaspoons per 8oz. However, if you can, I would suggest measuring by weight.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ve been busy today doing stuff for my 2 volunteer jobs and I might have another volunteer gig on the way, but it’s always good to be productive, especially if you can put that experience on your resume.

This is a delicious tea from Nepali Tea Traders, which has evidently been discontinued because I can’t find it on their website… it is a delicious blend of flavorful, bold green tea with just a touch of lemongrass. Nutty and citrusy! I happen to really like lemongrass so it’s too bad I won’t be able to get any more of this. It’s really good!

It’s also a bummer that Nepali Tea ships everything UPS because the UPS guy can’t even get into my building… sad.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

This sounds yummy. I also really like lemongrass.

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Amazing tea. So sweet. On the SororiTea Sisters review for this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/29/rara-willow-white-tea-from-nepali-tea-traders/ I compare the sweetness of this tea to be reminiscent of the rock candy on a stick that I used to buy at the Disneyland candy shop on Main Street. I realize I’m probably aging myself by saying this but we could get those things for like a nickle or a dime each and I would get a dollar’s worth … I loved those things.

And the sweetness of this tea brings me back to that experience.

No, it’s not exactly as sweet as rock sugar. But, it reminds me of the sweetness that sort of dances on the palate after I’ve finished one of those rock sugar lollipops. The aftertaste of sweetness.

And there’s more to this tea, of course: sweet, fruity, slightly vegetal with hay-like notes, hints of melon and a dew-like taste.

I highly recommend this one.

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I’ve never heard of this tea company before I found samples of some of their teas in the Canadian Traveling Teabox. But I’ve had a look at their site and their teas sound quite interesting, so you might be seeing more reviews on their products from me in the future.

Non-Chinese white teas are a relatively new thing to me, but this one seems to take some of the traits from a traditional bai mu dan and mix them with characteristics I usually associate with Indian teas. The flavour is quite green and fresh – it’s vegetal but gently sweet at the same time. Then there’s an interesting muscatel-like note that comes in at the end and lingers in the mouth much like what you’d taste in a Nepali and Darjeeling black tea. Very enjoyable.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Another lovely, lovely tea from Nepali Tea Traders. You can read my full-length review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/28/dhulagiri-white-tea-from-nepali-tea-traders/

A sweet and refreshing cuppa, notes of melon and a fresh, lively taste. Delicate. Not overly vegetative, but there is a sort of “green” type of taste. Not really “haylike” the way some white teas can be. It tastes greener. It’s very clean and fresh.

A lovely, rejuvenating tea. I’m still quite sad that Amoda is no more.

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LOVE this Oolong. I have tried several different teas from Nepali Tea Traders, and I’ve enjoyed everything that I’ve tried. I love that this is from Nepal (Nepal Oolongs ROCK!)

Honeyed caramel, fruity notes (peach and plum), woodsy notes, and floral notes. Later infusions were darker and richer in flavor. A full-flavored Oolong with sweet and sour fruit notes, floral tones and warm woodsy flavors. Lovely!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/14/wild-yeti-oolong-tea-from-nepali-tea-traders/

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Dry leaf: High-quantity of golden downy bud sets with delicately curled long dark brown and the occasional dark-brick red coloured leaves. Aroma is subtle: earth, floral wisps.

Wet leaf: Uniform mid-brown, good sprinkling of plump bud sets (bud with one leaf) with single leaves. Light floral, slight malt, unsweetened cocoa, biscuits.
Taste: Lightly sweet, blushing floral, fruit, honey, biscuit, spice.
I had expected great things from this tea, but failed to bring out any distinctive flavours on the first infusion. The second and third infusions were slightly improved. There was some sweetness, a bit like raw sugar but more subdued. The aftertaste is a light tingling on the tongue that last for about a minute. Pulling the water temperature back from 95 degrees to 85 degrees allowed for a softer liquor with a pronounced sweet fruit or honey note. There was no ‘creamy’ mouth-feel, but rather a more mineral finish. In fact, I might be tempted to call this Himalaya Ceylon Black.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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I love this company. I’ve tried a few different teas from them thus far (and yeah, still behind on posting about them here … Hi Sil!) and I’ve loved everything I’ve tried from them. I really recommend them highly.

A lighter, crisper type of black tea, more like the body that you’d expect from a Darjeeling. It’s smoother and less astringent than a typical Darjeeling though. A really nice afternoon tea.

Read my full-length review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/02/sandakphu-hand-rolled-black-tea-nepali-tea-traders/

The cup is sweet, fruity, flowery with woodsy tones. A very refreshing and crisp, uplifting type of tea. Notes of apricot! I really liked this one from Nepali Tea Traders.

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Occasionally, one comes across a tea that perplexes. These leaves definitely have me pondering. Nepali Tea Traders classify the tea as oolong (semi-oxidized / semi-ball style) and by all appearances it ticks the boxes for this category. The taste is floral and fruity as one would expect. However, what sets this tea apart from your standard oolong is that it looks like a white tea following brewing. Perfect bud-sets unfurl to present the classic ‘sword’ shape common to some white teas (particularly silver needle/bai hao yin zhen). It looks like a work of art, which it should. In fact, the lightly brown colour and plump shape looks remarkably like a rare aged white bud. The aroma supports this, with hints of the autumnal notes associated with aged white tea.
Bemused, I undertook a search of my stash and came up with a sample of aged white bud, and cupped the two teas. Aside from the fact the dry leaves of these teas look completely different, the liquor is remarkably close in taste and colour and the wet leaves are almost indistinguishable.
How is it possible that a oolong from Nepal and aged white from Yunnan, China can be so alike? (CUE tea experts, please.)
As to the Wild Orchid, it is very forgiving and can be brewed however you see fit. The leaves will sink to the bottom of your cup, should you choose not to strain them, making it easy to sip your tea Chinese style.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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It’s not unusual for Kiwis to have an affinity with Everest. First of all, Sir Ed is a National hero. No child of New Zealand grows up without learning of Sir Ed, Tensing and their Everest exploits. Second, it’s almost a rite-of-passage for young Kiwis to leave University and head to the Himalaya, where Everest is king.
This particular black tea is grown at the Everest Tea Estate, located in Nepal’s central Himalaya region, at a mere 5,000 feet. Every year, the first flush Darjeelings open the season, followed by the spring harvests in Nepal. I suspect the harvest comes a few weeks after the Darjeelings due to the harsher climate, yet the two regions are barely a few days walk apart. You could pass from one country to another without noticing it – unless you pay attention to the signs.
This tea’s leaf is wholly intact; a sign of careful hand-plucking and gentle handling during manufacture. Everest shows some tip, which adds crispness to its delicate and fruity flavour. Being such a small leaf tea in volume, it requires either measure by weight or a generous scoop. If steeped short it can easily be re-infused for a second steeping that is almost the equal of the first, or it will steep nicely for a long first infusion. However you choose to prepare it, Everest will delight the eye and impress you with its character. A bit like experiencing the mountain itself, really.

Flavors: Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Fruity, Herbaceous

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Himalayan Gold by Nepali Tea Traders
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As this tea cools I am admiring its leaves. They are really beautiful to look at with furry silver to gold loosely twisted buds among dark chocolate brown blades. The dry leaf smells sweet with a hint of smoke.

Using one TSP in 225 ml of 94°C water, I got a pale copper tea that smells of honey sweet potato and cinnamon,citrus tones and a hint of salty butter.

This light bodied tea has bright citrus and sweet potato up front opening up to cinnamon tinged honey mixed with salted butter, with the briefest echo of its roasting process. As it cools there are also slight sweet grain notes, a faint hint of plum and cocoa, and a hint of clover floral tone. It has a sweet honeyed aftertaste.

This tea is both light and bright and very warming and comes across as very elegant. It is sweeter than a Darjeeling, but is not as heavy, grainy,or chocolatey as many of the Chinese blacks I’ve had. This makes a very pleasant afternoon tea.

Thanks boychik for giving me the opportunity to try this tea. I enjoyed it very much!

boychik

You are welcome. Glad you liked it

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Something about this tea is really offputting today. I can’t drink it. I don’t know why or what’s wrong. It smells funny to me and I just can’t get past it.

I obviously did something wrong, or it’s just me today, because this came out of the same pack as last time I had it, and I quite liked it then.

Weird.

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This is one of the teas from the last Amoda box from May. :’(

The dry leaves look a little more green than a lot of whites do, although the size and texture is definitely a white. The smell reminds me of when you cut your grass but the grass is dry, like on a really hot summer day or in the fall that last cut before winter. Kind of like hay, but still grassy.

After a three minute steep, the liquor is darker than I was expecting, a beautiful color, just a little darker than normal, yellow barely tinging on orange. The scent was sweetish, floralish. It tastes somewhat floral, somewhat vegetable. It took me a while to decide that it’s actually mushroomish.

This is different than most whites. The flavor is stronger. I like it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Tea of the morning here. This is a darker style oolong and the flavor is very much like that of a second flush darjeeling. I’m getting a lot of fruitiness in addition to some “woody” type flavors. There’s a slight astringency in the finish which I am not totally loving but would be good with a bit of sweetener. It’s ok but not anything I would feel the need to keep around on a permanent basis. Used the filtered brita water and my Adagio kettle which was very enjoyable :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Ruby Pu'Erh by Nepali Tea Traders
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As others have commented, this is not really a puer. It is however, a very nice black that I am enjoying muchly. :) lt’s very smooth, and sweeter than I was expecting.

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Very pretty tea leaves – white, golden, leathery brown, black and greyish green. It looks like a Darjeeling after steeping. It is a very light tea. When it cools off it gives a fair bit of floral notes and becomes drier. Very nice all in all. Thanks, Teabrat!

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My first Nepali Tea Traders courtesy of TeaBrat! Yay! I have been wanting to sample some of the NTT stuff for awhile now and this one does not disappoint. Smooth and reminiscent of a darjeeling without most of the dryness. Subtle and mellow – this is a perfect wrap up to this morning’s cookie & candy marathon. Finally sitting down with a nice cup is wonderful. :)

Yesterday morning was cinnamon cookies & chocolate covered peanut butter cookies, truffles, Mexican wedding cookies and fudge with hickory nuts and this morning was pumpkin caramels with pepitas, molasses cookies and sugared bread twists as well as a cherry coconut cheesecake dessert for tonight! Hey, if the oven is on, may as well use it, right? :) Only thing left before tomorrow morning is to frost the cranberry shortbread cookies and thaw the other cookies that have been waiting in the freezer till I got everything else done. Then get them all put on trays and ready to take to work with me & with the husband tomorrow.

Oh, as this tea cools I’m finding maybe a bit of light smokiness hiding in there? And if I swish it around in my mouth, the dryness becomes more pronounced. Thanks, TeaBrat!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I am in culinary awe! It almost did me in figuring out one pecan pie yesterday ;)

Bonnie

My local shop was the first to carry these tea’s (they’re located in Denver) so we got to do a lot if tasting of Nepali Tea Trader’s tea’s. Biggest discovery was the range of temperatures required for these tea’s. If your tea tastes eh…lower the temperature. (I’m hoping that you have more than one of their tea’s to try.)

Nicole

TeaBrat was kind enough to send a few along, yes. Thanks for the tip!

TeaBrat

lol- I still love that my name is TeaBrat. :)

Tea Sipper

That is a lot of oven using! :D

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I tried this tea once before when Nepali Tea Traders had an evening tasting when the tea’s were introduced at Happy Lucky’s Tea House.
It was a stormy Winter evening (snow!) but nearly 50 people braved the cold for a chance to taste these special tea’s!

The farm that produces this tea is in the Southeastern part of Nepal, closer to Darjeeling (India). During times of unrest, it wasn’t uncommon for Nepalese tea to end up over the border in Darjeeling sold for very little, mixed with other tea and sold at a high price as Darjeeling Tea.

The comments about Nepalese tea tasting like Darjeelings tea’s is in some ways understandable. I find the references to Chinese tea just as true. It seems like the ‘tea trail’ from China and all points between… were channeled to Nepalese tea.

Review
Himalayan Gold is a proper name for this shimmering, topaz tea. It is sweet, clover honey…thick like fruit leather.

A black tea without muscatel, lush in the mouth grain honey… smooth and rich.

I noticed citrus orange which isn’t very distinct but did define the floral note in the honey aroma.

None of the above matters more than the experience. The luxury of the tea.

My mind and body feel swept up into the wind drifts of tea farms tucked in warm valleys along stony mountain paths. This is something I see where I live also, and explains why many Nepalese live in the familiar high altitudes of Colorado, refugees from recent wars. I imagine the spirit of the tea in the wind wrapping around me with golden arms, candlelight that does not burn. I know this. It isn’t man-made.

The tea warms my whole body, so sweet that I would rest on that gentle nectar satisfied.

Of all the Nepali Tea’s, this is truly Golden. This one whips the wind in the flags up on the high mountain.

Ze_Teamaker

Is it weird that I am now imagining someone wearing a leather jacket made out of thick fruit skin? Like a leather jacket made from Mango skins.

Bonnie

Cool…I’ve lived in the tropics and there are mangos that you never see in the U.S. Scents and flavors that amaze! Sure…why not a fruit leather jacket…warming…honey scented.

Terri HarpLady

This sounds wonderful!

Bonnie

I see you Terri with the jacket on riding her cycle high up in the Rockies…mountain mama!

Terri HarpLady

You know, I’ve never actually taken my Harley on road trip! My schedule is so crazy all the time that the best I can do is cruise around town running errands on it, LOL. Occasionally Tony & I get to take a ride an hour or so out into the country (those are my favorite rides), stop somewhere for a bite to eat, & then ride back. But those trips have become ever more rare as it seems like my weekends are full (which is a GOOD thing, since I have bills to pay), & on the rare weekends when I’m not playing somewhere, it always rains, or is really HOT (no fun). We’ve actually been talking about selling our bikes… :(

Bonnie

We could use some rain…none so far. The rest of the Country gets the bad weather. It’s like I live on a ledge at the edge of the high mountains and the weather goes overhead and hits later on the plains or further out in the Midwest or East Coast. No humidity either. I’m not complaining, and it’s sort of hot but not terrible. Denver is out on the plains further so they get more snow, rain, wind and can get tornado’s (rare). Not my town though. Too close to the hills! I like being safe! I understand about the bikes. Guess you could rent some if you HAD to do a road trip in the future.

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drank Ruby Pu'Erh by Nepali Tea Traders
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