REVIEW: Tip Top Tea – Nepal Red Thunder

Tea: A black oolong hybrid tea from Sandakphu Estate in Jasbire Village, Ilam, Nepal
Sample provided by: Whittington’s Tea Emporium
Twitter: @WTEmporium
Link to Nepal Red Thunder on Whittington’s Tea Emporium website

This review has three firsts: 1) It will be my first review of a tea available at Tip Top Tea, an online company based in London, UK; 2) This is the first time I’ll review a Nepalese tea. There is no real reason why I have not, other than I have not asked, so I was extremely pleased when Whittington’s Tea Emporium suggested I try this tea; 3) Lastly, this is the first time I’ll review a tea described as a ‘hybrid’. Read on to find out what I thought about my three firsts . . . 

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf consists of large, light brown, twisted leaves

– It has a prominent sweet aroma

Infused tea:

– The tea cups out a medium-dark, copper-coloured liquor that has a sweet woody aroma

– It is a medium-bodied tea, with very little astringency, and has a sweet woody (cedar-like) flavour with roasted, floral and honey undertones


– Prepare this tea gong fu style with 90 to 95C water. You will get four to five infusions

– I am very impressed with my first Tip Top Tea experience: the tea is unique and very high quality. While Nepal Red Thunder is a described as a ‘hybrid’, I feel like it is closer to a Japanese hojicha or a roasted oolong than any black tea I can think of. Roasted teas are not usually my favourite, but the aroma and flavour of this tea is dynamite, and it definitely deserves the score below. The flavour complexities of this tea will appeal to connoisseur and novice alike



Retail price: 50 gram pouch for £8.00


About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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