Nepal - Shangri-Lâ Temple

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185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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  • “My first sip of this and not quite sure what to make of it. I certainly love it better than the first Nepal black tea I ever had (from david´s tea, a Angrboda sample). This is just smoother, more...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I am so happy to have the chance to try this one thanks to *cteresa*. Obrigada :) I probably brew it too hot (90°c instead of 85°c) but it is really pleasant this way. Teresa you mentioned it is...” Read full tasting note
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  • “So I continue to venture outside my tea comfort zone with this one. On the sample bag, as you EU-swappers will note, it says, 'not a black tea', but as cteresa points out in the forum thread, it is...” Read full tasting note
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From THE O DOR

Tea was first brought to Nepal in the second half of the XIXth century with the impulsion of the Governor at that time.
The SHANGRI LÂ plantation (which literally means the Kingdom of Paradise in Chinese) is located in high altitude, around 2200 meters above the sea level and proposes a quality which can be compared with those of the best Darjeelings.
Close to its Indian cousin, using the same proceedings and know-how of its neighbours, this tea from Nepal in the area of Dhankuta offers notes of hazelnuts, cacao and under wood with an audacious and floral bouquet which will feel with pleasure the most perfectionist connoisseurs of the black teas.
This tea of a strong character, less astringent than those from the Darjeeling, with a gustative power, intense and harmonious.
An affordable tea which will lead you, through a single cup of tea, to the height of the Himalaya!
Recommended brewing time: from 3’45 to 4’30 with a water at 85°C

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6 Tasting Notes

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My first sip of this and not quite sure what to make of it.

I certainly love it better than the first Nepal black tea I ever had (from david´s tea, a Angrboda sample). This is just smoother, more elegant. But either Nepalese black tea is so different from the teas I usually have I am a bit baffled by them and can´t really judge yet. But will drink my cup with pleasure! And finish that David´s Tea sample (but for once, the one I had before is not the winner. This Shangri La is just better even to newbies like me).

I get the woody and hazelnut notes from the official description – as well as something raisin-esque. Very smooth with just a hint of astringency which IMO is part of the charm.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec
Ysaurella

this sounds really great, I’m looking forward to see you rating next time

cteresa

It is interesting and it´s all packed and ready to send, except not sure I will do it this week – for once November first is not a holiday but there is a transport strike instead and not sure I will be able to send it easily.

And madame, considering not going to rate it! The number is not too important – I am pretty honest about saying I do not like something and what I do not like, the rating I try to balance perceived liking and quality and yes value for money, and besides being harder to do it for kinds of teas I do not know well, I think it might be confusing!

Ysaurella

don’t worry there is no hurry – I am very sick, I have a pneumonia and am unable to work or do a lot of things neither.
I will prepare you teas probably next week if I’m not dead (lol – I am not expecting to die !)

cteresa

Oh, no, pneumonia, poor you, do take care!

And on my account, seriously am in no need of new teas, and on a ruthless mood to finish old teas and samples. Do not worry about sending me teas!

Ysaurella

I’ll do, sure I want to read your reviews :)

cteresa

ah, that I promise, but no hurry, really!

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I am so happy to have the chance to try this one thanks to cteresa. Obrigada :)

I probably brew it too hot (90°c instead of 85°c) but it is really pleasant this way.
Teresa you mentioned it is not really a black tea but to me it is really works as a black tea and even if a Theodor mentions Shangri Lâ Temple is as good as the best Darjeelings it is to me very different except maybe on the body of the tea.
The tea texture is mellow, I got some raisin notes, not the hazelnut promised but I’ll brew it colder next time.
I need to play more with that one and should thanks cteresa for having sent me a so generous sample.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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So I continue to venture outside my tea comfort zone with this one. On the sample bag, as you EU-swappers will note, it says, ‘not a black tea’, but as cteresa points out in the forum thread, it is actually black, but should be treated as a green. Now, I’m someone who tends to slap her greens and call them names (deep down they like it), that is, brew them at 100C with a 1.5-minute steep – because I mostly drink Lupicia greens, and, before someone jumps down my throat concerning this very touchy subject – this is what Lupicia themselves recommend.

Either way, I went for some form of compromise – 90C at 2 minutes. The O Dor themselves recommend 85C for 3:45-4:30 (very specific, I like your OCD, Théodor mon chéri) but I didn’t feel like anything too strong.

In the bag, this had a somewhat minty tang to it, which was surprising. I assume this is just how the freshness of this leaf comes off to me scent wise, seeing as there’s not the slightest hint of anything minty in the brewed cup.

This is one of those blacks that work for me, especially lightly brewed as in this case. I definitely wouldn’t turn down a cup, but it’s not a tea I will crave or think about in the future.

Thanks to cteresa for adding this one to the box!

[Sample from the second round of the EU Travelling Box, spring 2014.]

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
cteresa

It´s too hot, way too hot, sorry! Treat this as if it was the gentlest of teas. 80 degrees, nevermind what Theodor says (and yesh, OCD. I got massives ammount of respect for companies which got different instructions for each tea)

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