This is my first tea from Nepal. Upton says it is a peak-season selection from the Misty Valley Estate in the Ilam district. I was interested in trying this because Nepal is high in the Himalayan Mountains like the Darjeeling District in India with a similar climate. Their teas are said to have a comparable taste but can be more affordable. Lately, I’ve been enjoying some Darjeeling teas finding them to be an interesting and unique change of pace from other black teas that I typically drink. If I didn’t know better,as I sip this,I would assume it was a Darjeeling. Apparently my palate is not sophisticated enough to tell the difference. The dry and wet leaf, along with the brew itself have a very nice fragrance. The flavor is light and complex with a nice balance of musky sweetness and slight astringency. The brew is smooth and clean with some fruity notes. As I sip it, I can imagine that much of what makes it so appealing comes from the misty fresh mountain air. I’d recommend this selection, especially to Darjeeling fans.
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As a darj fan, I really enjoy some of the Nepal teas! At least for now they’re a great value too.

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As a darj fan, I really enjoy some of the Nepal teas! At least for now they’re a great value too.

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Tea became a passion for me a year or so ago. I fell into it almost by accident, but now I would say it has captured me. Tea is more than something tasty to sip on, it is an experience-it helps create a mood and is quite interesting to read about and study. I discovered loose tea at the tea store at my mall. I was looking for alternatives to Coke Zero and white wine. Say what you will about that mall chain, but I’m sure it has raised awareness about tea where I live, in the land of bagged mass produced black tea prepared with lots of sugar, Atlanta, Georgia. That’s what happened with me, and then I started perusing the internet and found Steepster.

When I take on an interest or a hobby, I go into it full force and become a little obsessive about it in the beginning. I have always been adventurous when it comes to trying new foods, and once I discovered there was so much more out there than the Lipton tea I saw my mom drinking when I was growing up, I started trying many different varieties of loose tea. I have discovered I like all kinds of tea. I I veer a lot toward straight teas, especially blacks, but occasionally drink flavored also, especially Earl Grey. I like flavored Matcha lattes too. I’ve completely given up diet cola, which was becoming too much of a habit. I think tea is a lot healthier. When I rate a tea, it’s just my personal taste, so I don’t tend to post on things I don’t care for. Also, I tend to sweeten my tea with natural stevia (a no no for some!) I am a married Registered Nurse, with two kids in college and one in medical school. My husband is not hooked like I am, but he often enjoys a cup with me. I enjoy many other interests, including reading, gardening, and the arts. I’ve taken up hiking in the past year too. Anytime I can include tea in these pursuits, I do! It has become a bit of an obsession for me.


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