Review: SerendipiTea Nepalese Black

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Thumbs up!"It was like being transported to another time on the back of a firebird, all the while having bronze-skinned women feeding me muscatel grapes."
Geoff’s Teaview: 9.6/10
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serendipiteanepaleseblackIn an interesting little anecdote, I found that Nepal apparently didn't produce tea until the early 1840s. The (then) Chinese emperor presented the Nepalese prime minister with tea seeds, and that began the cultivation of tea in the small Himalayan country. The Guranse Tea Estate is the oldest organic tea garden in Nepal, situated at somewhere between 3,300-7,000 feet above sea level. The teas produced in that region are renowned for their light yet complex flavor. I can't argue with that. Himalayan high-altitude teas have often been a source of fascination for me.

This Nepalese second flush brought a lot to the table. By smell alone, I was swirling with images of earth, rare fruits, flowers and spices of unknown origin. It was like being transported to another time on the back of a firebird, all the while having bronze-skinned women feeding me muscatel grapes. The leaves were multiple shades of light green to dark brown, curled, twisty, and delicious-looking. It looked like Middle-Eastern trail mix.

Brewing instructions on the SerendipiTea site echoed my own thoughts on second flush infusions; 195F water for three minutes. I did exactly this with 8oz of water and 1 tsp of tea leaves. I figured this would have a few similarities to a Darjeeling of the same season.

SerendipiTea mentioned to expect a lighter brew similar to a Darjeeling but mellower on delivery. They were spot-on with that description. The liquor brewed to a medium amber with a distinctively caramelized nose. What a wonderful scent! I'd only ever encountered one Darjeeling with that characteristic.

The taste made my shoulders slump in sheer awe. That caramel aspect carried over to the taste with a light malt and earthy dance on the tongue. The floral aspect could be found as well, but more of a peripheral sensation. This was how a high-altitude black should be...for I was indeed high. And the best part, no tannic bitterness. No dryness either. This is a treasure. An affordable one.

Now where did those grape-feeding girls go?

— To purchase SerendipiTea Nepalese 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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