Wah Handrolled Green (Kangra)

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From Rare Tea Republic

Made exclusively for Rare Tea Republic from pure China varietal plants, this light liquoring tea envelops the palate in a sweet, velvety liquor. Aromas of honey and sugar apple combine with a vegetal flavor on the back of the palate and a whisper of wood smoke throughout. This selection was hand-rolled and pan fired in the traditional method of the Kangra Valley. We recommend rinsing briefly to prepare the leaves for releasing flavor.

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4846 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea. I went to the RTR website and it seems it has been assimilated into the “Parent” company of The Republic of Tea, and this tea does not appear to be available.

This is a pleasant tea, quite good actually. I find that I enjoy it more as it cools, when it is hot, it has a stronger, slightly bitter vegetative tone and as it cools these flavors tend to subside and I notice sweeter, fruitier notes, as well as the sweeter notes of the vegetal notes.

It’s a good tea, but I can’t say that I’ve enjoyed it enough to want more of it, and I guess that it’s a good thing that I don’t since it’s not available on the website anyway!

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6770 tasting notes

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one but after cooling at room temp for about 3 minutes or so there are some really interesting flavors here! i can certainly pick up on the pan-fried elements as well as the apple undertones. There are grassy and vegetal flavors shining thru that I actually enjoy more and more as it cooled. Put it all together and the flavors are rockin’ together! There is a spec of natural saltiness – but just-enough to do “wahhhhhh”???? I don’t think that is what they meant in the name but it’s some sort of strange word association for me, I guess. This is a neat offering! So glad I got to try it!


this one is on my list of things to try, as well as every other tea they sell.. lol :)

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2816 tasting notes

This came as a free sample from RtR & I’ve had it for a while but just got around to trying it today.

I like this okay, it’s very vegetal and slightly pungent, it reminds me a bit of a gunpowder tea. Yes, I am picking up on a bit of smoke but also a trace of bitterness which is not exactly to my liking this morning. I will finish the sample off but probably won’t need to buy anymore. If you like very assertive green teas, this could be for you.

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Was not exactly sure of what it means to give a rinse before steeping but we did just that – just before putting into pot we gave a quick rinse in luke warm water.
Smell: I get nothing – no smell at all. Maybe it is my sniffer. When I practically stick my nose INTO the hot tea I slightly smell hay, no not hay, straw.
First sip: Vegetal, and what IS that flavor, its familiar…hummm… hubby says green beans … (he joined me on this tasting) I do indeed get that – sort of – not the good fresh ones but the canned kind, not even the beans themselves but you know how sometimes something tastes like something else smells? Well I hope so – because this tea tastes a little like how the juice in the can of green beans smell.
Its sweetish, gives me that dry tingle sensation in the back of the throat that I am not too fond of.
I will say this it is complex and makes me think and has enough flavor TO sit here dissecting it.
I am not really picking out the smokiness I was expecting.
Sugar apple? Really? I don’t taste that – maybe a tiny and I mean ever so slight apple peel flavor, maybe but I am trying hard to pick that out.
I am adding some sugar to mine.
Hubby said not in his. He likes it.
I just want to note how much that means – hubby is NOT a tea drinker unless it is Arnold Palmer half and half!
Now I am not one to add sugar to everything. In fact I rarely do on the first brew of any new tea. I will reserve that for pot 2. But I must say I am glad I did go for it on round one this time.
It changes everything in the flavor dynamic here.
The smokiness comes out more, the fresh straw barn yard flavor is more pronounced, and yes even that slight apple flavor is there more now but I lost the vegetal flavor yet still reminiscent of green bean juice which I realize is a bit contradictory but generally speaking when I mention a vegetal flavor I don’t mean green bean juice.
I should note – hubby does NOT like it with sugar. (he tasted mine)
Either way – I fear this tea is a little over my head. A little too complex even frustrating.
Its surely NOT bad at all, I do like it but it won’t be creeping up on my MUST buy list.
Its going to sit gracefully in the middle of my list – would buy if on sale or splurge day, would for sure accept as a gift, would absolutely drink from your stash, but just not jumping right into my wish list.
Hubby’s rating (mine is displayed) 95 – 100 since this is one tea he has really enjoyed and he does not like tea much HOWEVER bear in mind until recently we did not HAVE really good tea! :)

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A rinse before steeping means that you use the water heated to the temperature that you would use to steep (or just a little under, but not over, I usually just add extra water to the kettle and heat it to the temperature that I’d normally steep the tea, and use the first pouring as my rinse), pour the water over the tea leaves as you would if you were about to steep the leaves, and wait for about 10 – 15 seconds and drain the liquid and discard it. Then start steeping.


Thank you so much! :)

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