All of my What-Cha teas have come as gifts from Superanna, my eldest daughter. She surfs my wishlist, picks a tea, and then chooses a surprise tea or two to go with it! I had White Rhino on my list, and she chose this one!
She told me she had ordered my gift and shipped it straight here, but I was expecting several packages and didn’t realize this wasn’t one of my own orders (box didn’t seem to say What-Cha and I had some other tea coming) so I opened it. Happy early Birthday to me!
I got a nice sample I haven’t tried yet, and a note on White Rhino is coming soon.
I am not sure that I have had a Nepali black tea before, but this is really wonderful. There are only a few black teas that the Ashman enjoys plain, and he liked this one very much. We had it for breakfast today but I had already had it once on my own.
Though the area is known for producing darjeeling, this could more easily be mistaken for a Keemun. I am totally out of Keemun and at present I don’t mind at all because this will stand in very nicely indeed.
This has the chocolate-y notes and a delightful nutty roastiness without smoke that endures throughout the steeps. It is mildly brisk, but the type of briskness that is totally without sourness and needs no softening with milk or smoothing with sugar. It dries the mouth, but doesn’t pucker it. This is so gulpable, and makes you reach for more again and again.
I made two steeps together this time and combined them -I think it was a 36 ounce pot. After breakfast I wanted something to wet my whistle after helping a neighbor with her yard work a bit and I made a third steep, wondering if it would still have enough flavor to be worth it. It certainly did have enough flavor, as much as some teas have on their first steep.
This one is probably not going to last long here…
Thank you, Superanna! It is excellent tea!