Simple Plain Black tea, smooth texture throughout the whole sipping experience :)
“Huh. Wow. Steeping this for 2 minutes at 195F gives me delightful honey flavour and no bad stuff. I like it! Plain!! (I better like it. I have an other 50g bag sitting in the cupboard!)” Read full tasting note
“1TB for 450mL water. 6 minute steep, 98C water. Rating: 95. Yum. I wasn't expecting this to live up to the hype, but yeah, it's really nice. A bit Darjeeling-y, which is not a surprise, given...” Read full tasting note
“Very first order of the agenda here, can we all please agree that the country is called NEpal and that there is no such country as NApal? Thank you. This seems a common error, and some people do it...” Read full tasting note
“Ever have one of those tea days where nothing goes as planned? not a disaster exactly, just not what you expected. That was today. See, I had planned to bring in one of the many samples I received...” Read full tasting note
Take you higher
There are good things brewing in the Highlands of Nepal. Like this hand-made black tea, from a small family-owned tea garden named Jun Chiyabari. From the first sip you’ll notice its rich, sweet, honey-like flavour. What doesn’t come through in the cup is how much good this little tea garden does. They’ve set up a ton of amazing community programs to benefit local schools, underprivileged families, and the elderly. This particular tea is a DAVIDsTEA exclusive – now that’s a good thing. (MK Kosher)
Ingredients: Black tea from Nepal.
Company description not available.
Nepal BlackStir Tea
Nepal Kuwapani Black TeaIn Pursuit of Tea
Nepal Black Himalaya GoldCanton Tea Co
NepalAndrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea
Nepal Ruby Pu-er Style Black TeaHappy Lucky's Tea House
Nepal - Aarubotay "Plum Tree" Gardens Organic Delight Black 2nd FlushSimpson & Vail
Pre-steeped it has that cocoa smell common in Chinese teas.
That changed the second I steeped it, the smell and taste here is pretty unique. I guess the closest thing I would compare the flavor to is grilled artichoke, and/or maybe marinated olives? Rich and robust, kind of surprised others found it mild. Creamy mouthfeel. Held up well to multiple infusions. A winner for sure.
My favorite straight black from DAVIDsTEA (even though I’ve only tried three in store). The light honey flavor mixes in perfectly with the black tea (it’s hard to believe the taste is actually from the tea and there is no added honey). So soothing. No astringency on the first steep (I didn’t notice any). Tasted even better on the third steep.
Smell – orange pekoe? I also smell something floral, which I personally dislike in a tea, so hopefully there is none of that in the taste.
Color is a taupe with my milk added.
Taste – I’m getting a bitter note at the end. I don’t think I’m liking it.
When cold – it does taste like a standard unflavored black tea, and since I like them weak, maybe I will use less leaf and try it as a quick steep next time.
Result – I want to try again with less steeping before I make my final judgement.