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Himalayan Musky Thunder from Terroir Tea Merchant. . . . .

Not long ago I conducted an Oolong-a-Thon and did back-to-back tastings of all the oolong teas in my collection.  Somehow I missed this Himalayan Musky Thunder from Terroir Tea Merchant.  That’s because it didn’t look like an oolong at first glance.  Apparently, Himalayan Musky Thunder is a “dark oolong,” meaning it is more heavily oxidized than its greener oolong cousins.  Like other oolongs, I brewed this tea with cooler water (190 F) and steeped it a few times.   Upon brewing, the scent and taste of dark chocolate were very forward.  When you taste a chocolate bar with a high Read More

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Himalayan Shangri-la from Teabox

If I had to choose between dark oolong or green oolong, for me it would be green every time. I find them characterful and unique, with more variation in flavour than I’ve typically found (at least so far…) among their roasted counterparts. And that’s coming from a habitual black tea drinker. Himalayan Shangri-la is a Nepalese Oolong from 2015. It’s a first flush, or spring, oolong comprising highly graded leaves taken from a single estate. The leaf here is pretty impressive – they’re long and twisty, with a high predominance of downy buds, and vary from a dark khaki to Read More

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Himalayan Golden Black Tea from Nepali Tea Traders

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black This tea is available from Amoda Tea. Tea Description: This award-winning tea is incredible and unique! Its distinct flavour begins with the soil this tea bush is grown in. In Sandakphu, the soil is golden red and absorbs up the monsoon rains. A mild and silky smooth black tea with flavours of stone fruits and honey.There’s an interesting balance here that is reminiscent of both a Chinese Yunnan and a fine Indian Darjeeling. A Must Try! Learn more about subscribing to Amoda Tea here. 25% of profits from our Nepal teas will be donated to the ‘Nepali Read More

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Annapurna Amber Oolong Tea from Nepali Tea Traders

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Oolong Where to Buy: Nepali Tea Traders Tea Description: A stunning Himalayan massif, Annapurna is Sanskrit for “Goddess of the Harvests.” One leaf and a bud, plus a mature leaf are plucked. The tea is oxidized slowly, in cold air, then double fired. An exceptional Darjeeling-sytle oolong, Annapurna Oolong is infused with apricot and muscat grape flavors. Its liquor is full bodied, revealing a beautiful red-amber hue distinctive to our teas. Subtle notes of malt and caramel linger in the finish. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: My heart goes out to the people of Read More

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Himalayan Masala Spiced Black Tea Blend from Nepali Tea Traders

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Nepali Tea Traders Tea Description:   An authentic medley of black tea lightly spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and other spices traditional in Nepal. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: This is a different chai!  Usually, when I think of a chai, I think of a very strong black tea base with spices that are equally as strong to create a robust, full-flavored cuppa that is ideal as a latte.  This isn’t that chai. That’s not to say that I dislike it.  On the contrary, I’m actually quite enjoying this Read More