Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Tea Review: Himalayan Golden Black Tea (Nepali Tea Traders)

Himalayan Golden Black Tea
Nepali Tea Traders
Type: Black
Origin: Nepal, Sandakphu
Product Description:
Himalayan Golden is a striking, award-winning black tea picked during the monsoon season in Sandakphu, Nepal. Its rich, deep amber liquor has notes of malt, clover honey, and burnt sugar, highlighted by aromatic notes of apricot and clove. It is a great breakfast tea that can be enjoyed with or without milk and sugar. This tea was awarded as the best black tea by the North American Tea Championship.
After a short summer season in Nepal, the Himalayan monsoon approaches the foothills with a magnanimous rush. The golden-red soil of Sandakphu drinks in this moisture, producing a rare artisan tea that reflects all of nature’s goodness. After plucking, the leaves are 25 percent withered, then rolled in mechanical rollers. The tea is then placed in a shaping machine and further dried, producing uniformly curled leaves resulting in beautiful Himalayan Golden Tea.
Temperature: 195° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of fragrant wood, tropical fruit, and grains.

The bright red liquor has a rich aroma with notes of brown sugar, baked fruit, and green vine.  The taste reminds me of stone fruit with mild astringency and a dry finish.

Steeping at 195° F for 3 minutes produced ideal results for my preference and a reduced steeping time will help for those that prefer less astringency.  The first infusion had the most nuance while subsequent infusions were bold and flavorful, developing more astringency in shorter time.

This tea was provided as a free sample without guarantee of a review.

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