Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tea Review: Premium Spring Tippy Black Tea (Nepali Tea Traders)

Premium Spring Tippy Black Tea
Nepali Tea Traders
Type: Black
Origin: Nepal
Product Description: Elevate your senses with our exquisite spring tippy, grown in the clean mountain air. The very first buds and new leaves are picked with precision, then withered, rolled and naturally oxidized. Once the optimum flavor profile is achieved, the tea is wood-fired. The result is a lovely light honey infusion with a refreshing spring astringency and a full mouthfeel. The flavor profile reveals a bouquet of crisp spring vegetables, melon and persimmon.

Temperature: 185° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of flowers and oats.

The golden infusion has an aroma of baked fruit, apricots, flowers, and honey.  The taste is lightly sweet and floral with notes of baked fruit.

This tea reminds me bit of both Jin Hou black tea and oolong.  It welcomes experimentation to find your ideal flavor profile.  Following the suggestion on the packaging, I steeped this tea at 185° F which produced full flavor and aroma.  The second steeping tended more dry and astringent and reducing the steeping time by a minute reduced the astringency while still preserving the flavor and aroma.  Reducing the temperature brings out sweeter results or the 195° F recommendation from the website produces a bold cup.  Out of curiousity, I also tried steeping it at 208° F which produced a fascinating aroma of baked fruits, but a flavor that was much, much more bold than I prefer. 




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