This is the Nepal Tea sampler I pulled out for today. This time I brewed it quite a bit stronger than I personally tend to treat black teas, just because there is quite a bit of leaf in these packets, but once the foil is ripped open, the sample can’t be resealed, so I need to try to use up the leaf quickly.
The tea brews a lovely deep coppery red color, and smells like yams and wildflowers, with a pinch of cinnamon spice. I was expecting an astringent brew based on my stronger leaf content, but it is surprisingly smooth on the sip; there is a mellow and not bitter or unpleasant tannic aftertaste. I’m getting a malty/bready flavor with a strong floral note, like a sweet rose. It’s also quite fruity, tasting like a mix of muscatel and cherry.
A solid morning black. The flavors remind me of Darjeelings I’ve had, but the body is thicker and darker, more akin to Assam. I woke with a mild headache (and with me having chronic migraine, it only takes a hot second for a mild headache to suddenly turn into something very bad) and have found after getting only half a cup of this in me, I feel much better.
Flavors: Bread, Cherry, Cinnamon, Floral, Flowers, Fruity, Malt, Muscatel, Rose, Smooth, Tannin