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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
608 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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75

The scent is buttery, grassy, and sweet. The beginning of the aroma smells like green tea but finishes closer to an oolong. I really like the flavor of this tea because it is sweet and floral, reminding me of blooming jasmine teas, but it is grounded and well balanced.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Grass, Sweet

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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77

Backlog: I finished this cup up yesterday, and quite enjoyed it, even though I rarely crave white teas. This one was a bit more flavourful than I remember other whites – it had a thicker mouthfeel and made me think of bark, but without that being unpleasant? It was slightly nutty and a little sweet too. Fantastic! Thanks VariaTEA for sharing this with me!

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88

I’m admittedly usually more of a fan of green teas but this one might just convert me. First off the smell, it’s like nothing I’ve ever smelled from a tea before. There are somewhat malty/bready type hints mixed with a unique earthy quality. As far as taste goes, again it’s not like anything I’ve tried before. There’s a definite malt/bread quality to the tast, and there’s some additional grape hints to it. I did not detect any bitterness at all in this tea. Honestly it’s one of the smoother teas I’ve ever tried. I would highly recommend this tea to anyone. It’s definitely of quality.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Grapes, Malt, Wet Earth

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

Oh, this sounds really lovely! :D

masked185

It was, it really really was.

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81

Steeped up my sample from Nepali Tea Traders this morning!

So, I decidedly love chai – the strong robust flavors, spicing hitting you from every direction.. Not so in this cup! This is a very mild black tea base with a subtle and non-bitter taste. The chai spices of cinnamon, cardamom, and clove come through just as gently, creating a full experience without the “in your face” impact of a typical chai.

I think the tea smells like a spiced hong cha, very gentle in the base tea. I brewed one of the pyramid bags in the sample in 16oz of 200 degree water for 3 minutes. The resulting brew color is a dark amber. The taste is strangely spicy with a certain sweetness on the back. The flavor does not cling to the tongue, creating a smooth finish with no lingering bitterness or astringency. Definitely an enjoyable and unique blend!

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
yyz

Too be quite honest I think spicing that is not in your face is actually more authentic than the peppery taste we have for it in NA. This is only in reference to my experiences in North and central India. I do enjoy a hot spicy Chai, but the subtler ones are the ones that bring back memories.

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65

Sipdown (123)!

Supper tonight was alfredo with green pepper and little cut up vegetarian hot dog chunks. It was kinda borderline kiddish, but guys can I just say that I’m really proud of myself for eating more healthily this new year. I’ve added so much fresh fruits and vegetables to my diet; easily tripled the amount I used to eat, and double the amount of tofu/soy based food I used to have so I’m considerably less iron deficient than I was (I’ve been iron deficient pretty much non-stop since I switched to a vegetarian diet ten years ago). Plus, I’m also either eating a daily thing of yogurt or having a smoothie – or both. Big changes for me. And I feel better, too.

Plus – just from dietary changers alone, and no added exercise or anything, I’ve lost about 8 pounds in the last month and a bit. That maybe doesn’t seem really significant, by my whole life I’ve NEVER been able to lose weight, ever. Only maintain it – so it’s a big deal for me.

Anyway – this is a queued review.

This is the last tea I had to try from January’s Amoda box. I actually drank it the same day as TheLastDodo did because her review encouraged me to actually try it, but I’m behind on writing tasting notes a little.

I have to agree with both people who’ve already had this – it’s a little weird, for sure. Not your average white tea by a long shot. I cold brewed my sample, which I think neither reviewer before me did – I kind of wish I’d done it hot now, because they both seemed to enjoy it better than I did and I’m wondering if that’s the difference.

But, my first, unfiltered opinion was that this had very strong, robust notes of orange rind and burnt hay. But after finishing my 25 oz. brew I think calling it “burnt hay” is maybe a little harsh; it was just really strong, and there was also a malty note present that, with the combination of hay and orange rind was doing some weird flavour things. I also tasted a very crisp, vegetal flavour that reminded me a lot of cucumber, but cucumber with the peel. It’s hard to describe the taste of cucumber peel – but it does have a distinct flavour. I don’t know; maybe mineral and bitter kind of apply to the flavour?

I’m a little sad I didn’t taste the melon that Dodo and LiberTEAs did, because I have a hunch orange/melon would work together a little better than orange/cucumber; but melon (especially green melons) and cucumber do have a comparable taste, so I see where they were each coming from.

Overall; this was fascinating and I think worth trying just because of how different it is but it was a little too weird for me, I was intrigued but a little uncomfortable drinking it and so, unless I was maybe trying it hot, I wouldn’t have it again – and I wont be purchasing any more.

Funny Side Note – if you look up the wikipedia page for cucumbers one of the sections is “In The News”. And while there is something reasonable under the header, all I can picture now is my local news dude reporting on the days stories and saying something like “…And when we come back from our next commercial break we’ll get to today’s breaking story; cucumbers!” What about cucumbers Mr. Anchorman!? What about them!?

TheLastDodo

:( it’s too bad you didn’t like it! It never even crossed my mind to cold brew it.

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89

From the month Amoda Tea Box – January 2015

I got my February box in the mail today, so before cracking into those teas, I wanted to finish the last one from January’s box. I don’t know why I was saving this tea, perhaps I think it just got pushed off by all the other stuff I had to drink at the time. Que Sera Sera!

Wowza. This is not your average white. On the dry leaf, it smelled sweet, like candied orange peel and sweet summer melons. There was a touch of haylike floral scent to it as well.
The leaves produce a light straw liquor that smells honey sweet. The wet leaf has a hint of smoky sweet potato. The brew….
DIS tea, yo. The brew tastes like a sweet, summer melon, malty dream! It’s like the ‘diet’ version of my absolute favorite black teas in that it is a light and sweet version of my coveted chocolatey, malty, desserty Fujian Blacks.
This is definitely a white tea for people who don’t like white teas.

Thanks Amoda, for splurging on this tea! I may have to pick some of this up on your site :P

Flavors: Honey, Honeydew, Malt, Straw

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 1 tsp
Roswell Strange

This is the only one from the January box I’ve yet to try – should I be doing that tomorrow on my day off? I don’t know why, but I wasn’t really excited about it until seeing your review…

TheLastDodo

I thought that too! I saw it an was like, “Eh, a white tea? Really?” but I was pleasantly surprised!

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Backlog:

A different chai – this isn’t a strong, black tea with spices that are equally matched to the strength of the black tea. This is milder chai. The black tea base is smooth and a bit lighter in body, it’s a bit more reminiscent of a Darjeeling type of tea rather than a strong, malty tea like Assam or Nilgiri that you might usually experience in a Chai.

The spices are gentler too. Even though I’m usually all about a strong impact from a chai – I like a spicy chai – I really like the cozy, comforting flavor of this. It’s really quite pleasant.

Here’s my full-length review of it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/01/07/himalayan-masala-spiced-black-tea-blend-from-nepali-tea-traders/

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drank Khumbu by Nepali Tea Traders
153 tasting notes

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77

This is one of the teas I got in January’s Amoda box and it is actually really nice. I am usually not a lover of whites but this is almost like a plain black in the sense that it is a little richer and fuller than other whites I have tried. It still has the hay/corn/butter notes that white tea tends to have but there is also a touch of malt. I am also getting bright notes that are a bit citrusy. It is really quite nice. I don’t know how often I would reach for it so I don’t know if this is something I would stock right now but I wouldn’t turn down a cup either. 271.

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