Nepal First Flush

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  • “Backlogging. I had two cups of this yesterday morning. I don't usually have more than one, but I was extra-sleepy and it's getting colder outside. I think the Thermos is going to have to start...” Read full tasting note
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    codylynnclark 183 tasting notes
  • “I'm dealing with a migraine that at this point has stretched into a second day. I'm also starting a few days of nearly fat-free eating to kind of "reset" my stomach and digestion. But when I feel...” Read full tasting note
    devvyleys 63 tasting notes
  • “The dry leaf smells like a very sweet darjeeling -- like a fresh, summery "green" black tea without a hint of smokiness or earthiness. After a steep, it smells more vegetal, but still sweet. The...” Read full tasting note
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    tabby 474 tasting notes
  • “So this is pretty similar to Darjeeling but I like it a lot better than first flush Darjeelings. It seems to be even fruitier and then it also has a bit of butter to it. It definitely has a lot of...” Read full tasting note
    pandamanda 1199 tasting notes

From Adagio Teas

This beautiful hand crafted small estate tea from the Nepal Himalayas rivals those from the highly acclaimed Darjeeling region. With unopened leaf buds interspersed throughout, this first flush is complex and delicate. The cup color a clear golden yellow and the aroma is floral, slightly sweet with an underlying buttery note. The first sip reveals a touch of the floral nature usually found in excellent Darjeelings, but with a tender touch of ripe fruit.

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Backlogging. I had two cups of this yesterday morning. I don’t usually have more than one, but I was extra-sleepy and it’s getting colder outside. I think the Thermos is going to have to start coming to work with me.

This is an interesting one that doesn’t seem to fit into any category. I like it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

I just finished a packet of one called ‘Himalayan Traveller’s Tea.’ It’s like a more assertive Darjeeling. Really unique. I wonder if Nepalese teas will take off.

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I’m dealing with a migraine that at this point has stretched into a second day. I’m also starting a few days of nearly fat-free eating to kind of “reset” my stomach and digestion. But when I feel like this, I really just want some comfort food. My best attempt at a solution that keeps both of these things in mind is to have a cup of tea with honey or sugar if that’s what I want!

I noticed this time how much more like a green tea this is compared to every other black tea I’ve had, both in flavor and in the scents of the dry and wet leaf. I used 2.3g for 200ml of boiling water. Since I’m feeling pretty rotten, I’m not going to be spending my tea time analysing and reporting. So besides the green tea-ness I’m keeping this to the basics.
1st steep: This was for 2 minutes, and was a honey color in the cup. I added honey to it, but I ended up feeling that I lost a good bit of the delicate flavors. But I really like honey, so it’s not all bad.
2nd steep: This steep was 3 minutes, and was more of a light orange color. This cup got raw sugar added to it. That seemed to be a nice touch and kept all the flavors more noticeable. Beyond that I didn’t think about it, but just found it a pleasing cup to drink as the kids played.

Now I’m wondering what to drink next!

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The dry leaf smells like a very sweet darjeeling — like a fresh, summery “green” black tea without a hint of smokiness or earthiness. After a steep, it smells more vegetal, but still sweet. The tea is pale and yellowy-green and smells a bit like fresh cut grass. (I mean that in a good way!)

The flavor is light and dries my mouth a little bit. It reminds me a bit of local honey in the way that I faintly taste flowers. I think my preparation should have had more leaf, and maybe another thirty seconds since I find the flavor so mild. I will return to this after a second try.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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So this is pretty similar to Darjeeling but I like it a lot better than first flush Darjeelings. It seems to be even fruitier and then it also has a bit of butter to it. It definitely has a lot of green tea-ish notes to too.

I didn’t get much in the way of astringency from it. It was very sweet, and I drank it way too fast to notice much else than what I already said. It was that good.

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This tea looks like a black tea before you steep it. Steeps almost like a green tea (Light golden in color) and confuses me whenever I try to place it in any category.

Smells strangely of broccoli, subtle floral notes and with maybe a whisper of mint added to it. Not the normal mint that knocks your nose off kilter, just a slight tingling sensation that whispers of mint on a cold winters day… Kind of a crisp it is cold out slightly minty smell if that makes sense.

Taste wise this one is drastically different than the Yunnan Noir that I was previously drinking this morning. Complex and subtly layered there is a lot here for my tongue to try and get a handle on. Ends on a buttery and slightly bitter note, the bitter part kind of like the ending taste you get from a good IPA (a very hoppy beer for those of you who don’t know). The floral notes from its nose may be what is causing the IPA/hoppy associations to fire in my brain… who knows… it is my brain after all (laughs)!

As I said before this is in the black section of Adagio’s teas and black it may be from the oxidization, however this is unlike any black tea I’ve had before. It is definitely not your typical black lets get this day started type of tea. This is more of a I just had a good meal and want something to sip while having a good conversation with family/friends type of tea. One that other tea drinkers would have fun discussing with you in my opinion.

I’m having trouble trying to come up with a numeric rating on this one. Not what I was looking for this morning, thus it may be lower on my numeric scale now than it deserves. A good tea, although I think I brewed this one at the wrong time today.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Apparently today is a cleaning the house sort of day, which also lends well to drinking tea all day. This is a good cup of tea, perfect for sipping, cleaning, and then coming back to it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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A lovely little tea with a ripe taste. Like many of Adagio’s teas, I feel it benefits from a slightly shorter brew time than recommended.

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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