Delightfull, not full bodied or bitter, even if over steeped
“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,...” 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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This one is really nice. Some days you just need a smooth, quality black tea without all the frills.
I only had a tiny sample of this one, but I think I’ll end up going back for more. It’s something I could see myself drinking in the mornings on a daily basis. So many of the teas in the 24 days of Tea calendar were either super minty (no good for my stomach) or so sweet that I couldn’t see myself buying more. This one was a pleasant change to that pattern.
Flavors: Earth, Malt, Smooth
I think my tealog lately consists only of this tea with maybe a few others sprinkled here and there. I haven’t wanted anything else. In fact, my supply of this is getting low and I’m a little bummed since I’ve put myself on an unofficial buying hiatus until I can clear out some of my older teas. Today’s was an especially good cup and I’ve actually already finished it in the time it’s taken me to type the first three sentences. I have no self-control when it comes to favorites. There can be no sipping here.
8 ounces water + 205 degrees + 20 minutes
I had to have a second cup of this because it’s usually just as good on the second steep. The chocolate is still there and it’s creamy and sweet. Nearly as perfect as the first.
Day 10/24 (Falling a little behind)
I really enjoyed this one. In fact, it’s probably my favourite straight black that I’ve ever had. A little malty, kind of sweet, kind of bready—like dipping a warm baguette in honey. No astringency at all. Might even consider picking up some of this.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey
Day 10/24 of 24 Days of Tea
Darn, another tea I can’t really drink :( Brewed up a big mug for my husband then took 2 gulps to do a review.
If I was able to drink black tea, I would love this one. Nice body, and a slight bit of astringency (I brewed at 200F, Bitterness would probably be eliminated if I went down to 190F). This would be nice to have in the morning, plus if I’m not mistaken this comes from a small farm in Nepal. I really like when I can get teas (green teas for me) from small family run farms :)
What a pleasant surprise! I have never been a fan of straight black tea but this has changed my mind. This does not have the heavy malt, astringent, bitter taste a lot of other black teas have. This one is mellow, gentle, and softly sweet. It is helped along considerably by a little added sweetener like agave, but only modestly. Some of the dry tea leaves have golden tips which makes it beautiful looking, too!
Part of the DAVIDsTEA permanent collection.
Flavors: Honey, Malt
Advent calendar [10/24]
I had purchased this tea long before the advent calendar, so I don’t feel the need to review it again. I find it to be a nicely flavoured plain black tea. This is something that DAVIDs seems to have issues with. Perhaps there’s no market for plain blacks when the main customer base prefers funky teas.
Flavors: Honey, Molasses
Love it! I’ve tried longer steeps which brings out a lot more complexity and never any over bearing bitterness even close to 10 min. This morning I tried a 5min 45sec steep with milk and sugar (rare treat for me) and its delicious! I get a lot of hay/cocoa notes from this tea and it has a natural sweetness to it.
Flavors: Chocolate, Hay, Honey, Malt, Molasses