Kanchanjangha Noir

Tea type
Black Tea
Black Tea
Bread, Cherry, Cinnamon, Floral, Flowers, Fruity, Malt, Muscatel, Rose, Smooth, Tannin, Astringent, Perfume, Raisins, Tobacco, Wood
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 13 oz / 383 ml

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From Nepal Tea

Kanchanjangha Noir is a brisk premium black tea with fruity and floral aromas, with hints of caramel. Flavor notes of raisins, cherry, and dark chocolate are prominent in this unique tea.

Flavor Profile: Dark Chocolate ~ Tree Bark ~ Malty

Certifications: USDA Organic, CERES certified

Caffeine Content: High caffeine content

Brewing Suggestion: Use approximately 2 grams of loose leaf black tea (or a teabag) per 8.5 fl. oz. of water at 210º F, steep for 5 minutes

Ingredients: Black tea (camellia sinensis)

Producer: Kanchanjangha Tea Estate and Research Center Pvt. Ltd. (KTERC)

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1129 tasting notes

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

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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3027 tasting notes

A sample from a Sips By box from May of last year.

This has notes that I associate with Assam – briskness, malt, tobacco, and rich raisin. There’s virtually no bitterness and only a touch of astringency, which is a nice improvement. It is quite a bit lighter in flavor than I would expect, which makes it perhaps more suited for afternoon, whereas I would choose Assam for a kick-in-the-pants morning tea.

This also has a rather strong floral note that shows itself in the middle of the sip, and then sort of fades a bit by the end. I’m not a floral fan, and this note comes off a bit perfumey. Unfortunately it quite ruins the flavor for me.

Oh well, you can’t love them all! I am interested in trying more Nepalese teas in the future.

(not rating since I feel I’m rather biased against this one)

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Malt, Perfume, Raisins, Tobacco, Wood

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

I got to see a presentation by the owner of this company at the Portland Tea Fest 2019, and he’s a really great guy. I also loved the Nepalese word for tea (“chiya”) and ended up naming the cat I adopted a few months later that!

Cameron B.

Aw, that’s an adorable name! :3

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9 tasting notes

What I smell: roasted chestnut, honey

What I taste: malt, cedarwood

Notes: A creamy, smooth, full-bodied black tea from the Kanchanjangha Tea Estate in Nepal. Lovely for a strong, soothing cup of tea in the morning. Found via Sips by subscription box.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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28 tasting notes

A treasure from a Sipsby box.

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