While Nepal is not one of the world's traditional tea-producing countries, it is an up-and-coming region growing high quality organic loose leaf tea with a strong commitment to social and environmental sustainability. The slighty twisted leaves of this organic Nepalese tea were grown on the Kanchanjangha Tea Estate, situated at an altitude between 3900 and 5400 feet above sea level, and yield a dark golden infusion. Kanchanjangha Tea Estate and Research Center is considered to be one of the pioneers of organic farming in Nepal and is also the first certified organic tea garden in Nepal. It is located in Ranitar in the remote hilly region of Panchthar district. The tea has a delicious full flavor, with a brassy earthiness and an aroma of toasted leaves. Not surprising due to the estate's close proximity to the Darjeeling region of India, this tea offers the punchy astringency of a Darjeeling.
Ingredients: organic Nepalese green tea
Serving Size: one teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: This green tea almost reminds me of a very green oolong, with its complex combination of flavors and aromas.
Jeremy Says: A very unique green tea from a very special place!
Posted by Jo on 23rd Jan 2016
caveat - we only tried iced
but even with reducing the time (a lot), it still comes out too bitter for my tastes.
Posted by Shane on 7th Jan 2016
I'm in the habit of crushing all my teas now. And I stopped using the infuser, I just let the leaves sink to the bottom of the slurry.
Even just 1 minute steeping, because of crushing into smaller particles, this one becomes a little bitterer, but fuller and richer too.
It goes from being like oolong to being something of a hybrid between sencha, bancha, and dragonwell. And it's really a strong tea, lots of caffeine! Feels stronger than some of their senchas. Affordable too. Good everyday drink.
Posted by Lala on 7th Jan 2016
This tea is terrific! I think it would be a good one for black tea drinkers to try if they are interested in adding green teas to their diet because it is full-bodied. I definitely get darjeeling undertones. Very smooth and flavorful over multiple brewings. You can drink this all day!
Posted by Dave W. on 25th Sep 2015
This tea won me over at the first sip. If it were possible to take the emotions of gaiety, cheerfulness, and glee, and distill their essence into a flavor, it probably would taste very much like this tea. For a green tea, it has an astonishingly fruity flavor. I agree with Aubrey's remark about this tea being like a very lightly oxidized oolong. Aside from the fruity notes, there is also a delightful aftertaste that lingers on the tongue, which is another characteristic of an oolong. Upon examining the steeped leaves, I noticed that some of the leaves had a slight copper color around the edges, much like you would see in a lightly oxidized oolong. The aroma of the moist, steamy leaves inside the teapot is also very fruity. Even though green tea is not typically suitable for gung fu brewing, this particular green certainly is in my opinion, because it keeps on putting out flavors even after a few steepings.
Posted by Andy on 16th Dec 2014
I was a bit concerned by other reviews that compared this to an oolong, which is not my favorite. Be assured, this is a green tea! It has all the light freshness that a green has, but is very smooth, with an aftertaste hinting at an oolong or a white. Very nice.
Posted by Robin K. on 14th Dec 2014
I really like this green tea. It has a delicate nutty and malty aroma and taste. I also detect the subtle fruitiness to which other reviewers refer. The first time I tried it, it was good, but rather weak, as I neglected to read one teaspoon per 8oz cup (I was using a 16 oz mug). The only green tea I drink regularly is gunpowder, but I like this tea more.
Posted by Tracy on 1st Dec 2014
This is a lovely tea. Earthy and comforting without bitterness or a harsh vegetal taste.
Posted by Janet on 10th Sep 2014
This tea combines elemental purity and smooth, rich taste, with no sharp edges. I've been drinking this tea first thing every morning since discovering it in 2012. Pleasantly energizing, subtly fruity, different from any green I've ever tried. Great find!
Posted by Blake Canter on 20th May 2013
This tea has a nice mineral spiciness to it accompanied with floral, vegetal and undergrowth aromas. A modest astringency well balances this and pleasantly lingers. Just don't steep at too high a temperature or for too long. I've been using 165 degree water for about 3 minutes. I can usually get two full bodied infusions out of a pot.
Posted by Lauren on 1st Mar 2013
Green teas tend to have too much of a vegetal taste for me, but this one is almost void of that taste. The flavor is pretty bold for a green tea, and it has a nice subtle fruitiness to it. I've even tried it with a couple drops of honey, which adds a nice sweetness to it. Very nice green!
Posted by Graham Friday on 15th Dec 2012
This green tea has, as others have mentioned, a really tasty fruity hint to it, something that no other green tea has. It's not overpowering to the point of being too much though- it's just enough so that you notice and appreciate it. Also, whereas others are more astringent, this tea is completely devoid of any bitterness. It's delicious, unique, a great change-up from the usual Chinese greens, and I highly recommend it.
Posted by Richard on 29th Jan 2012
This tea has found a place amongst my favorite green teas, so glad i tried it. Bright, fruity and energetic. Honestly i was pleasantly surprised as soon as i tasted it. It's not a tea i will drink everyday; i like to mix my flavors or i get bored. Definitely recommend this one to somebody looking for a light, bright flavorful green tea.
Posted by Kathryn Johnson on 7th Nov 2011
I love this stuff! I agree with the reviewer who mentioned the unique fruit-like flavor in this tea; it's subtle and kind of hard to place, but really nice. (This coming from someone who is not usually a fan of teas with fruit/fruit flavors added.) No bitterness, mildly astringent, and no harsh vegetal taste or scent. Yay, Nepal! :)
Posted by Chris Kmotorka on 1st Sep 2010
This is a really nice green tea with a lot of character and very little bitterness. I drink my tea almost exclusively iced and this makes an excellent iced tea (really nice with a wedge of lime btw). This is going to be my ʺgo toʺ green from now on.
Posted by Jorge on 24th Jan 2010
Unique and delicious! Very smooth with undertones of a Darjeeling black tea.
Posted by Nick on 6th Aug 2009
I just tried this tea since it is from himalayan region after my 5th cup i fell in love with this tea. This is very unique green tea somewhat closer to oolong but still different. I loved it so much that i gave this tea some of my tea lovers friends and they love it . It is just as pure as mount everest very refreshing as well.
Posted by Dunrie Greiling on 26th May 2009
I ordered a sample and I'm now back for a bigger supply. This one might be my new favorite! It's funny to see Aubrey's review that it is oolong-esque. I do love oolong and I do love this tea. It has a complex and full body a little less tinny/astringent than some green teas I've tried. Perfect for a cool and rainy spring morning (like this morning).
Posted by Bill Edwards on 7th Mar 2008
It was not until my third or fourth cup that I truly appreciated this tea. It brews to that beautiful copper/bronze color of an oolong. It has a smooth feel and fascinating flavors. Today I picked up a flavor that hinted of a cherry cordial--a hint of fruity sweetness. This is the perfect tea for an oolong lover who believes that green is healthier! If you want a collection that includes a sample from each flavor arena you need this one--it is out there by itself.
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated until bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pot (180° F)
Steeping time: 2-3 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
Some research comparing different types of tea has shown that the manufacturing process does affect the level of antioxidants present in the final tea leaf. According to a 2006 review of the beneficial effects of green tea in the Journal of American College of Nutrition, when comparing dry leaves, unoxidized green tea retains more antioxidants than black, oolong, or pu-erh. The catechin (or antioxidant) that displays the greatest increase in green tea when compared to the black, oolong and pu-erh is EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). (Reference: "Beneficial Effects of Green Tea - A Review" Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol 25, No 2 (2006))
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