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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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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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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
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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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Very clean, buttery and naturally sweet. This tastes more like a green tea than a black tea and has a nice, clear broth. Absolutely no bitterness or astringency and sips very smoothly. This tea seems like a great beginner point for unflavored teas, but nothing jumps out at me.

Flavors: Sweet, warm grass

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

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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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