I haven’t had this in awhile, and am pleasantly surprised by how nice it is. Mildly fragrant, and tastes of malt, honey and a bit of raisins. Very smooth and easy to drink.
“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 that...” 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.
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There is certainly a taste of honey to this straight black tea. I also get a “wheaty”, “beer-ish”, malty taste. The aroma of the wet leaves is strong with the malt too. The effect leads to a cup that is both sweet and full with enough astringency to give it good character. The honey note even makes a certain song play endlessly in my head. It’s quite magical, really. It tastes delicious both with or without milk.
I haven’t tried many straight black teas. Even during the David’s Tea straight promotion this is the only black tea I sampled. David’s Tea has a mixed bag of straights but Nepal Black is one of the better ones. I have a small bag but I’m unsure if this will become a staple. I need to try more blacks and check out Verdant Tea before I make a decision but right now I’m leaning on a yes…
“I’ll come back for the honey……….AND YOUUUUUUUUUUU!"
Yes. I am ashamed of myself.
I’ve had this for a while but somehow never got around to trying it. I only bought 20 grams, but it is such a light tea that I got one of those little silver bags DT uses almost full. The smell of the dry leaves is fairly typical black tea, in my opinion. The steeped smell however, is a different beast. I smell honeyed notes, a natural sweetness that I LOVE to find in my black teas. Honestly I am in the mood for something with cococa notes, but I don’t think this will suit that need. Also, I’m having some almonds with this, so we’ll see what impact that has!
Almonds aside, this was surprisingly mild. I get a honeyed sweetness in the taste, but it’s not overbearing. There is no bitterness at all, and this is a very smooth tea. I don’t know that I can pick out any specific flavours, but I am loving this. It’s a nice easy drinking black tea, the kind that would make a good companion to a lazy afternoon with a great book. MMmmm…
I received this one from tattooed_tea. I am really starting to wish there were some DAVIDs locations in the states…ok Ohio. Opening up the package the dry leaf reminds me of a chinese black or an ceylon. I was excited to get this one because I have never sampled a nepalese black. Reminds me a little bit of a chinese black because there’s that starchy flavor like baked potato. Pretty smooth and it may have to be added to the permanent collection.
I picked up a half ounce of this on Saturday at the David’s Tea in the Westfield Centre. Any vegans who may visit there, that mall has one of the best Loving Huts…
This is a nice strong black. It tastes most like a Ceylon to me. Very strong honey flavor and some maltiness. Delicious!
One of the girls in the office bought this and decided after that she didn’t want it. So i got it! This isnt a bad little tea – better than the himalayan in my opinion but i think that laoshan black from verdant has spoiled me. I’m always looking for my straight blacks to be robust and have different flavours going on. I would get this again but as an every day tea rather than anything special
I wanted to try a black tea for the $1 tea promotion and the sales girls recommended this upon hearing how disappointed I was with the Orange Pekoe. Let me tell you THIS is what black tea should taste like!
Steeped, it turns a lovely, deep orange colour with a robust flavour to match! Deep and sweet, with hints of honey and malt, this tea is lovely, lovely, lovely. Have I mentioned that it’s lovely? No need for milk or sugar, although I am sure this tea would stand up to them just fine, but I’m having it straight. Mmmm, Orange Pekoe could learn a thing or two from this tea…
Oh, and I totally left the bag in waaaay longer than it was supposed to be, but no bitterness. Nothing. Nada. Just smooth, dreamy tea.
Thanks to CrowKettle for the sample!
When I first smelled it, I thought of a smooth Ceylon black, but there was also something else in the scent. Interesting.
Now that I’m sipping away, I’m reminded of DavidsTea Himalayan Blend, but this is a little danker and maltier – in a good way! I think there are also some honey notes slipping in too.
I’m happy I was able to try this but I don’t think I’d buy it at $10/50g.