Organic Nepal Green Tea

Smooth, dry and bright cup with vegetal, toasty, and citrus notes

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Organic Nepal Green Tea
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Organic Nepal Green Tea


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 slightly 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 golden infusion.

The wet leaves of our newest lot of this organic green tea offer a sweet aroma of citrus fruit that translates into a smooth, dry, and bright cup with toasted notes. In fact, we would summarize this tea as a Nepali version of a Darjeeling First Flush. Not surprising due to the estate's close proximity to the Darjeeling region of India!

Ingredients: organic Nepalese green tea

Origin: Kanchanjangha Estate, Panchthar, Nepal


High altitudes and hilly tea gardens have made Nepal an important country for tea production. Tea has been growing here since the 1800s, and in the 1900s Nepal supplied parts of Darjeeling with tea. Often interchanged for one another on the market, tea from Darjeeling and Nepal do have different flavor profiles and Darjeeling has gone to great lengths to try to distinguish itself from its close neighbor. Orthodox tea production in Nepal has had a great influence on its economy, with many farmers transitioning to growing only tea. The 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. Today, more than 600 farmers are employed by the Kanchanjangha Tea Estate which provides free schooling for their children and free housing for all.

Read our field notes from our visit to Kanchanjangha! 

Steeping Instructions


At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. We recommend green and white teas to be steeped for 2 to 3 minutes in water heated to not-quite-boiling, just as bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pan (approximately 170 to 180 degrees F). For the best flavor, use fresh water whenever possible. Try not to steep your tea longer than necessary, as you’ll extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves. If you want a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea. And don’t forget to re-steep your tea leaves to get the most out of your leaf!

Looking for more info? Check out our How-To Guides and Eco-Brewing Tips!

Staff Perspectives

  • Aubrey

    "This green tea almost reminds me of a very green oolong, with its complex combination of flavors and aromas."

Health Benefits


Like all true tea, green tea offers many potential health benefits. Research has found that tea (Camellia sinensis) can have many positive effects on human health, including improved cardiovascular function, cancer risk reduction, improved immune function, improved oral health, and help with weight management. Tea is also full of polyphenols, which are a class of antioxidant that help your body maintain homeostasis and balance your stress levels.

Green tea specifically is known for its array of health benefits, which have been supported by a growing number of studies. Green tea research has demonstrated that it may be an effective anticancer agent for breast cancer, lung cancer, kidney cancer and prostate cancer, among others. Studies have shown a link between green tea and weight loss, and the ability to modulate energy metabolism, aid in body fat regulation, and possibly promote preferential loss in abdominal fat. Research has also shown that green tea may increase performance for short term memory tasks, as well as being increasing potency of antibiotics. Other peer-reviewed studies link green tea to healthy skin, help with lowering cholesterol, and regulating diabetes. It’s important to keep in mind that many of these studies monitor subjects who drink several cups of green tea per day.

For more information about the health benefits of green tea, and for direct sources of the above information, check out our Tea Health Benefits page!

Please note: the information above is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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  • 4
    Working tool for dharma bums

    Posted by Tom on 10th Feb 2022

    This tea is...well, it's like Nepal, actually: kinda rough and magical. If you're looking for delicate sweet perfume with hints of kumquats, this probably won't float your boat (consider Silver Needles, for that kind of wonderland). But if you appreciate a robust, rough-and-ready workhorse -- with some unique psychological properties when you dig into it -- this is pretty cool stuff. Has some of that "nutty" aroma, too. A nice accompaniment to tsampa. Pile it on for a hefty, long-term buzz. It's interesting to compare this with Arbor's Ceylon green tea, which provides similar lift, but is more citrusy. I much prefer the Nepal green to the black, from the same estate, which seems to be a bit of a work-in-progress. A pu'erh drinker will have no problem with the "bitterness" of this tea. When you've got a lot of work, you know what you're about, but you're flagging and want to throw a twist on it...this is the tea for that. And other things.

  • 4
    I keep coming back

    Posted by Martha/Tommy Lohman on 11th Dec 2021

    For a couple of years, I have been an armchair tea traveler, trying green teas from a different country each year. This year, I chose Nepal (Thank you, AT, for details regarding the geography and estate!). My reaction to the first sip was, "that is strong!", but every few days I find myself reaching for my tin of Nepal green, and especially enjoy it when traveling because the gentler flavor of other greens can be lost in the busyness of hotel rooms or camper life. To my senses, Arbor Tea's Nepal has a smoky aroma and smooth mouthfeel. I find it has a steamed vegetal taste and medium body. I prefer for a shorter steep time (1m 45s) compared to other greens (2-3min) for my first infusion, but can reuse the leaves for 1 or 2 more cups. While not my everyday green preference, I plan to buy again.

  • 3
    Drinkable but astringent

    Posted by AZ on 12th Nov 2021

    This Nepal Green tea isn't bad, but it isn't great either. It has a strong drying astringency almost like after using mouthwash. That's not my thing as I prefer something smoother but I know some people desire that feeling. I managed to tone that down a bit with cooler water and a shorter steep which makes it drinkable for me. The flavor is light, mildly green and vegetal and a touch grassy. I definitely like the Nepal Black far more but that's just personal preference. I'll finish off my sample but I wouldn't buy a full bag as Arbor has other greens I enjoy.

  • 4
    Pleasant surprise

    Posted by Bill Buchanan on 6th Apr 2021

    I brewed this tea just as suggested, 185º and 3 minutes, and it was perfect. I don't see changing time/temp for further brews. It has the classic, but more subtle grassy taste, but a thicker mouthfeel, if that makes sense. A lot of green tea is just warm water to me. This one was actually satisfying.

  • 3
    Standard green tea

    Posted by Kara on 15th Aug 2020

    The fact that this is a green tea hailing from Nepal left me intrigued and I ordered a sample. Now, this is not a bad tea at all and there is nothing wrong with it but I didn’t detect a special or unique flavor. This tea would do well if you want a standard, unassuming green tea.

  • 5
    My Daily Green Tea

    Posted by Michael on 30th Jan 2019

    When I originally brewed this tea at 180F for 2.5 minutes, I would give it just 3 stars. However, when I changed to 170F and 70 seconds, I changed my opinion to 5 stars. I use a heaping tbsp for a 20oz pot. When I wake up, I look forward to my dogs greeting me, then having this tea.

  • 5
    Classic Green Tea

    Posted by Abbey Lacy on 27th Jan 2019

    This tea is a classic. Light grassy notes with a bang to wake you up in the morning.

  • 3
    It took me some time...

    Posted by Jay Massey on 1st Jan 2019

    But I eventually started to like this tea. I had to reduce the brewing temperature and times to get the astringency down to a level where it was drinkable. I find that this tea prefers a shorter brew time (around 90 seconds for my 720ml pot for the first brew and an additional 10 seconds each brew after that), at a lower temperature (around 75C as opposed to 80C most green teas take). Once one learns the quirks of this tea, and how to brew a pot of it that doesn't have the astringency of a cleaning product it can be rather pleasant. Overall the dry leaf smells of hay or dried cut grass. The wet leaf smells of wet hay to me. The flavor profile of the liquor can be described as very dry (and unpleasantly astringent if brewed for too long, or at too high a temperature, or worse both) with hay like, grassy notes; not particularly green tasting over all and I picked up a very mineral-ly quality to the brew. Overall the impression I got was that the tea was like a green version of an Indian tea. I like Indian teas--particularly black ones--but they are not my go to beverage. I typically like Japanese style green teas as my go to. I'm giving this tea 3 out of 5 (though I'd really like to give it a 3.5) because I would probably buy this tea again so as to have something different from my usual brew.

  • 4
    Very Good

    Posted by Jeff on 21st Jul 2018

    Very pleasing flavor. Not bitter at all. Can be re-steeped once or twice and tastes as good as the first steeping.

  • 2

    Posted by Carlton Purvis on 26th Feb 2018

    I really wanted to like this tea. It has an alluring pedigree...exotic Nepal, solid AT staff field report, organic, comparison to silver tips, etc. But alas, it failed to deliver. There just isn't a distinct flavor or even a solid green tea flavor. This may be a tea for those who enjoy searching out the fleeting nuances of "delicate" (read...weak) green tea, but it isn't for me. Then again, I like Lapsang Souchong & Csar Nicholas, so I admit that I favor robust flavors. In place of this Nepal tea I recommend the Ceylon...a very nice green tea.

  • 3

    Posted by Kara on 14th Mar 2017

    I wanted to adore this tea. It's not a bad tea by any means but it just didn't make me go "wow!" It reminds me of an oolong. This tea has a drier flavor to it, like an oolong or darjeeling.

  • 4
    This stuff is awesome

    Posted by McKinley L. on 7th Feb 2017

    And really difficult to describe. It's got some nice richness and umami on the front end, along with some mildly sweet and vegetal fruitiness (if that makes sense) in the finish. On top of all that, you get some vaguely earthy flavors that I only associate with Darjeelings. The bit of the description about this tea being a "buttery, stone-fruit version" of a nice Darjeeling is actually pretty accurate. It's really solid stuff. I found that this one didn't need much time to steep. I did maybe 35 - 40 seconds at 170 - 175 degrees for the first cup, and then maybe 50 - 60 seconds for the second. To me, steeping this tea for more than 50 or 60 seconds on the front end brought out a fair amount of bitterness and astringency.

  • 5
    Sweet and Fruity

    Posted by Samuel Godsey on 22nd Nov 2016

    This tea is absolutely delicious! To me, it has a very fruity, slightly sweet taste and a wonderful smell! Very grateful for this tea!!!

  • 5
    A lost tea rediscovered

    Posted by Mark on 8th Jul 2016

    Quite a few years ago, a local tea store sold a green tea from Nepal. I loved it, but the store closed. I was pleased to find a Nepal green on the Arbor Tea website. The leaves closely resembled the tea I used to buy, so I ordered a sample. This tea is very close to the Nepal green I used to get. If you combine all the reviews of this tea on the Arbor website, they sum up this tea. What stand out for me are the smoothness/lack of bitterness, yet slightly earthy taste, and the Darjeeling-like undertone of slight sweetness. For me this is the perfect green tea. I placed a bulk order today.

  • 2
    too bitter for me

    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.

  • 4
    Try crushing w/ mortor & pestle for enhanced flavor

    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.

  • 5
    New favorite

    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!

  • 5

    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.

  • 5
    Is definitely a green tea

    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.

  • 4

    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.

  • 4
    Hooray for Nepal!

    Posted by Tracy on 1st Dec 2014

    This is a lovely tea. Earthy and comforting without bitterness or a harsh vegetal taste.

  • 5
    Makes my morning

    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!

  • 4
    Nice Balance

    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.

  • 4
    Very nice green!

    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!

  • 5
    Really, really nice green tea

    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.

  • 5
    Found a new favorite

    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.

  • 5
    One of my favorite green teas!

    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! :)

  • 5

    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.

  • 5

    Posted by Jorge on 24th Jan 2010

    Unique and delicious! Very smooth with undertones of a Darjeeling black tea.

  • 5
    Green 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.

  • 5
    great full-bodied green tea!

    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).

  • 5
    It takes time but...

    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.

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