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  • “The leaves smell grassy but the tea doesn't taste grassy at all. The steeped tea has a very fresh smell of honey and flowers. The tea is very smooth and mellow. The brew is very dark for a green...” Read full tasting note
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    Maniac49 429 tasting notes
  • “This is a single-sourced tea from Himachal Pradesh in India. I bought it because one of the characters in my novel comes from this beautiful place. His parents regularly send him tea from home and...” Read full tasting note
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    Carolyn 223 tasting notes
  • “Today was my final for my class. I should be happy, right? The semester is over! Instead I'm feeling so...bereft. I love going to class, learning, and getting inspired by my professor and fellow...” Read full tasting note
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    JacquelineM 1112 tasting notes
  • “After all the black teas I've been drinking, I felt like I needed to "lighten up" with a green. Brews up a deep chartreuse. Scent is savory and a bit peppery with hints of sweet flowers--like...” Read full tasting note
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    StephL535 314 tasting notes

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Translated from Sanskrit, Maharani means Queen. We think this gorgeous, naturally sweet, delicately spicy green tea from the home of the current Dalai Lama in Dharamshala, lives up to her regal name. The stylish green leaves produce a fresh, fragrant aroma and a smooth liquor. We like sipping this tea as is, or with the addition of a dash of lemon juice or honey. Remember: never use boiling water or milk with green tea as they will ruin the flavor. Let the water cool down a bit after it comes to a boil. Enjoy hot or iced.

Origin Dharamshala / Himachal Pradesh, India

Brewing 1 tsp. / 6oz cup
170 – 190° boiling water
3 minute infusion

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The leaves smell grassy but the tea doesn’t taste grassy at all. The steeped tea has a very fresh smell of honey and flowers. The tea is very smooth and mellow. The brew is very dark for a green tea, kind of a golden hue. There is a slightly buttery taste. This is the best green I have had so far, but please remember that I don’t usually drink green teas.

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
LadyLondonderry

That makes your impressions all the more valuable to me, Dan, since I don’t usually drink green teas, either!

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This is a single-sourced tea from Himachal Pradesh in India. I bought it because one of the characters in my novel comes from this beautiful place. His parents regularly send him tea from home and I wanted to know what he was getting in his care packages. (Of course, now I am absolutely compelled to try all manner of Indian sweets and teas that can be placed in care packages.)

The dry leaves smell grassy. Steeped the tea brews a golden liquor that smells of flowers, honey, and a very slight note of citrus. The taste is slightly nutty with a slight vegetal and a very, very slight aftertaste of orchid. Nicely satisfying, though I wish more of the exotic fragrances could be found in the tea as well.

Update: As the tea cools the flowery taste becomes more pronounced.

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170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Madison Bartholemew

What an awesome reason to order a tea!

Carolyn

It is a solemn duty to try the good stuff your character eats or drinks. ;)

Seriously though, it is a fun reason and it does make me feel a bit closer to my imaginary character, even if he does have an evil streak.

teafiend

Oh the things we do for our works!

teaplz

That’s awesome on so many levels, Carolyn! I need to find excuses like that to purchase more tea/things.

Carolyn

Yes. I am a deeply honorable artist committed so thoroughly to my work that I am willing to try any amazing tea or even make the ultimate sacrifice and be feted with delightful desserts.

My beloved is writing a book set in Ancient Greece and Rome and I keep suggesting that we have a perfectly authentic dinners from both ancient Greece and ancient Rome, but he is not as dedicated to his art as I am. ;)

takgoti

I don’t know about food from ANCIENT Greece, but I love me some spanakopita.

This tea sounds delicious. Pray tell, what does orchid taste like? That may be an unanswerable question, because it likely tastes like orchid, so if it is, what do you consume to get a feeling for what orchid tastes like?

Also, your novel sounds like something I would like to read.

Carolyn

It’s not how orchids taste (as I recall from the time I nervously nibbled on my corsage they taste like bitter vegetables) it’s how orchids smell. Or rather, how some orchids smell, which is a dark floral smell.

Carolyn

As to how the tea tastes, I think it would very much appeal to you. It has some of that oolong floweriness but is not as vegetal and has more green tea flavor than oolong.

S

You’re writing a book? That is so cool!

Might I suggest you try almond or cashew burfi, sohan papdi, and laddu? Those are my three favorite “care package”-able Indian sweets. A box of brightly colored burfi (pink, green, white and tan) is what I think of first when I hear Indian sweets. Not sure if they are specific to a particular region, but I think most people buy their sweets from a sweets shop rather than make them homemade, and that those sweets are popular/universal across India. Some North Indian desserts that don’t travel well, but are awesome and worth trying – gulab jamin, kheer, jalebi, kulfi, ras malai, various kinds of halwa….mmmm. Don’t even get me started on South Indian sweets. :)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Indian_sweets_and_desserts
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_sweets
Yes, that’s right, wikipedia has TWO whole pages dedicated to this topic. :)

Carolyn

@Shanti Book writing is way over-rated.

I will definitely try the almond or cashew burfi. I believe I had that a few years ago at a Hare Krishna restaurant in Denver and it was yummy. I haven’t heard of sohan papdi or laddu but will definitely ask about them. My partner at work is Indian so he is my go-to guy when it comes to Indian food. We’ve had gulab jamin (my beloved’s favorite dessert), carrot halwa, and kheer. Those don’t seem as if they would travel well, though. (But they are wonderful.) I will look at the rest that you mention. Thanks for the information!

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Today was my final for my class. I should be happy, right? The semester is over! Instead I’m feeling so…bereft. I love going to class, learning, and getting inspired by my professor and fellow students. I have so much to do this summer – my garden needs me, my to-read pile is out of control, I have a painting all lined up, I need to do my knitting for Fall…but – sigh. I love going to school!

I really needed something light and sweet now that I’m in the office (I drank 3 cups of coffee before my test and my stomach is not appreciative!!). I’ve been working through four delicious steeps of this one. Very sweet, and lightly vegetal in the best way. I feel better – more relaxed – nourished. A buttery taste comes out in the 3rd and 4th steeps. I am really impressed with this Indian green tea!

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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After all the black teas I’ve been drinking, I felt like I needed to “lighten up” with a green.

Brews up a deep chartreuse. Scent is savory and a bit peppery with hints of sweet flowers—like wilted swiss chard and honeysuckle. The taste is surprisingly smooth and buttery (mmm…butter) —reminds me very much of the gyokuro I sampled from the Jade Teapot.

Overall, this seems like an exceptional green tea—all the best qualities of a green tea are expressed (well, at least the qualities that I like :) ).

Nice!

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I’m not very familiar with greens yet, but this is really interesting. Dry leaf smells unexpectedly spicy. Unfortunately I forgot that I was brewing this, so the tea was cool by the time I was able to drink it. The spiciness of the tea itself comes through very slightly, right at the tip of my tongue. Taste is flowery but unique, thanks to that spicy note. Also maybe a slight buttery taste, similar to unsalted butter. I’ll have to try this again and remember to drink it while it’s hot!

takgoti

Wow, that sounds pretty cool [no pun intended]. Looking forward to the tea-when-hot log. [I now have that SNL Celebrity Jeopardy skit playing in my head. Is the hot tea HOT HOT HOT? Or cold? HOT HOT HOT! Or cold?]

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Smells great despite my stuffed nose. Unusually dark brew for a green tea. Tasty and complex flavor.

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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