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Nepal Organic Gold Pathivara Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

99 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 31st, 2018

Without a doubt my favorite tea I've ever tried from Nepal. A singular tea with an intoxicating floral fragrance and an ethereal quality overall. Another sample from Simpson & Vail, thank you, and apologies for taking so long to post this one!

This tea was fascinating: visually, the leaf looks more like a Chinese te...

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Nepal Guranse Estate Organic Oolong Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nepal

84 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 3rd, 2018

A good tea that resembled Darjeeling first flush teas and probably would have convinced me it was a "black" tea if it had not been labeled as an oolong. It's more like a Himalayan black tea that had something different or unusual about it. Not what I expected; it was nothing like Chinese oolongs, nor like Darjeeling oo...

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Himalayan Green Dazzle from Udyan Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Nepal

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 22nd, 2016

I took a long time to review this tea because it didn't impress me at first, but I thought it would be better in hot weather, and having saved a bit for the warmer weather, it's exactly like I thought: I like this more on a hot day.

This tasted (but not looked) the most like a Chinese green tea of any green tea that...

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Himalayan Oolong Tea from Udyan Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nepal

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 25th, 2016

A singular tea! This was the first Nepal-grown Oolong that I've tried. I find oolongs from the Himalayan region (I've tried seven from Darjeeling) to be incredibly variable. This was probably my second-favorite and was among my favorite of all teas labeled as oolongs, although it bears little resemblance to oolongs o...

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Rose Green Tea from Udyan Tea

Style: Rose Green Tea – Region: Nepal

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 20th, 2016

A beautiful blend. I love rose green tea and I thought this one was exceptional. It's one of the best blended or flavored green teas I've had.

The dry leaf of this smells wonderful and balanced...I can actually smell the tea, usually rose overpowers base teas, especially green teas. The tea smells light and vegeta...

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Himalayan-Imperial Black from Octavia Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 16th, 2014

A mellow, mild, yet fascinatingly novel tea.

This tea tastes a lot more like an oolong than a black tea. The leaf is huge, unusual for teas grown in the Himalayan region. I found it very complex and very enjoyable, but I could see it disappointing if I were expecting a black tea. Most lighter black teas from Nepa...

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Nepal, Mist Valley Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 11th, 2012

Although the leaf of this tea was not particularly aromatic, this black tea immediately struck me as very high in quality when I sipped the cup. I'm noticing a trend that teas from Simpson and Vail often surprise me with the brewed cup, after the dry leaf fails to impress. With this tea, I was able to brew two very f...

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Nepal Sakhira, Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 8th, 2012

Creamy, but with a bold quality to it. Somewhat Darjeeling-like in aroma, but darker in appearance and flavor than most second-flush or autumnal Darjeeling.

Aroma fruity and floral, with some of the characteristic muscatel grape qualities.

I really like the aroma of this tea. My only complaint is that this cup ...

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Jun Chiyabari Himalayan Autumn from Rare Tea Republic

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 5th, 2012

A vaguely Darjeeling-like tea with dark, vegetal and herbaceous aspects. I'm noticing a trend amongst all of the teas I sample from Rare Tea Republic. This is one tea though that I found did not particularly fit its description: I would not describe it as "brisk", nor did I notice many "floral notes".

The aroma is...

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Jun Chiyabari Himalayan Evergreen from Rare Tea Republic

Style: Green Tea – Region: Nepal

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 2nd, 2012

Of all the green teas I've tried from India, this one was the closest to an actual, high-quality Chinese green tea, in character, yet it was still quite different.

Aroma complex: highly vegetal, with tones of asparagus, but with toasty qualities as well. Flavor is deep but clean. When steeped longer and at a highe...

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Kuwapani Estate Makalu Tippy Spl from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 19th, 2012

Lately I've been on a roll, sampling a variety of black teas that continue to be completely unlike any I have had before, and I never cease to be amazed at how diverse they can be. This is yet another black tea that was vastly different.

Fascinatingly complex...very dark, with an aroma quite unlike anything else. ...

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Golden Nepal 2nd Flush (Kanyam Estate) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 14th, 2012

Dry leaf consists of large pieces of broken leaf, mostly light brown, with some greenish and silvery.

Strongly reminiscent of a Darjeeling, and with a typical, middle-of-the-road Darjeeling character. Aroma is bright, fruity, and light, with a lot of the muscatel grape quality. There's also a hint of spruce needle...

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TM40: Singalila Estate SFTGFOP1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 7th, 2012

One of the strangest teas I have had in some time!

The dry leaf, with lots of of yellowish-gray tips, turns quite dark when brewed. Aroma of the dry leaf is Darjeeling-like, and reminiscent of other Nepal teas, with hints of grape yet an almost smoky, dusty, edgy quality to it. The dry leaf's aroma suggests a more...

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Jun Chiyabari Nepalese Black Tea from Imperial Tea Garden

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 3rd, 2011

This is one of those elusive teas that I am often searching for, with a Darjeeling-like character but packing more of a punch.

Aroma Darjeeling-like, with a strong fruity, muscatel quality. A tad more cooling and less warming than a Darjeeling. Slightly fresher tones. Dark color but relatively light body. Very s...

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Nepal Kanchanjangha Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Green Tea – Region: Nepal

67 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 5th, 2010

This tea does not at all resemble what is normally known as green tea; it is darker even than many first-flush Darjeelings.

If you haven't ever tried any green or white tea from Darjeeling, Nepal, or surrounding areas, this tea will probably strike you as very unusual, but if you're familiar with these teas, it's ac...

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