Review: Lalani & Co 2nd Flush Himalayan Imperial Black

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Thumbs up!"This sweet, delicious cuppa is definitely a treat. It's definitely worth a try if you can afford the price tag."
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lalanihimimperialblackLalani & Co. specialize in high end, connaisseur teas. This offering comes to us from Jun Chiyabari estate, located in the eastern Himalayas, in Nepal. This is a relatively small, organic garden, situated at an elevation of 1600 to 2000m. Only 40kg of this leaf were produced, picked in May 2013. It promises to be quite sweet, providing caramel, vanilla and toffee notes. Taking a look at my sample, the leaves twist into beautifully long ebony coloured curls. They smell very convincingly of dark chocolate. We are off to a very good start!

I followed Lalani & Co.’s recommended brewing instructions, infusing 2g of leaf in 150ml of water heated to 95 degrees Celsius for 3 minutes. The results are quite light for a black tea. It’s completely smooth and creamy, with hints of malt, salted caramel and chocolate. The long lasting peach and vanilla aftertaste is delicious.

I brew the leaves again for 3 and a half minutes. The cup has more oomph this time. While the feel is a little rougher, there are deeper peach, chocolate and vanilla notes. This infusion is definitely my favourite so far!

After a 4 and a half minute long steep, my third cup is disappointingly bland. No unpleasant elements have emerged - the feel is still completely smooth. However besides a little malty sweetness, there’s nothing noteworthy going on.

This offering’s thick, creamy body and malty flavour profile are reminiscent of Chinese black teas such as Yunnan Golds. Lalani & Co.’s describe this tea as “rich but not overpowering”, which is bang on. At roughly 65$ for 100g, it’s definitely a splurge. Or I should say “was”, as it’s currently out of stock. This sweet, delicious cuppa is definitely a treat, but it’s not so amazing that I would be willing to pay that price. It's definitely worth a try if you can afford the price tag.

— To purchase Lalani & Co 2nd Flush Himalayan Imperial Black, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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