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.
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