REVIEW: What-Cha – Nepal 1st Flush 2014 Clonal Delight Black Tea

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Tea and origin: Black tea from Greenland Organic Farm, East Nepal
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Link to Nepal 1st Flush

In October I reviewed a second flush black tea from Nepal and was extremely impressed. It had a wonderful sweetness and little to no astringency. Today I’m reviewing a first flush black tea from Nepal, and I can tell from one smell of the dry leaves that it is going to be very different. Read on to see why this tea differs so much from the second flush.

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: They dry leaf consists of broken and medium-sized leaves. It has a crisp aroma, with muscatel and orange blossom notes

Infused tea: The colour of the infused tea is dark orange, and the aroma of the liquor has notes of orange blossom. It is a medium-bodied tea, with little astringency. The liquor has a distinct orange blossom flavour, as well as a lingering aftertaste of orange blossom

Infusion tips: I infused three grams of tea for two minutes with 200ml of 95C water. For the second infusion, I infused the tea for three minutes. This tea is best drunk without milk

Comments: This tea did not remind me at all of the Nepal second flush I reviewed in October. Instead, its flavour reminded of What-Cha’s Nepal First Flush Silver Oolong. Both teas have a distinct orange blossom aroma and flavour. This is a great afternoon tea due to its fruity flavours and smooth liquor

Retail price: 10 grams for £1.31 / 50 gram for £4.75 / 100 grams for £8.84

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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 teaxplorer@gmail.com 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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