Nepal Tea LLC’s Kanchanjangha Noir | Tea Review

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Tea provided for review

In the past, I’ve tried teas from the Kanchanjangha Tea Estate and enjoyed them quite a bit so, I wanted to taste another one. This black tea seemed like it would be a lovely treat.

Description: “Kanchanjangha Noir is a brisk Nepal black tea with fruity and floral aromas, with hints of caramel.”

Instructions: Approximately 2 grams | 8.5 fl. oz. | 210º F | 5 minutes

Review: To date, I have tried two white and one black tea from Kanchanjangha Tea Estate. So, it felt fitting to try another black one! While not as tippy as the Kumari Gold, the Kanchanjangha Noir was a mixture of ashy brown and reddish-brown leaves with an earthy, floral, and yeasty smell.

After a 5 minute infusion, the liquor was tan copper-brown colour with a sweet, cocoa, caramel, and woody smell. Right from the start, the liquor reminded me of an English Breakfast. It tasted sweet, like cherries, cocoa, and caramel with an underlying earthy taste. The liquor did not have any bitterness, but there was some astringency at the back of the throat. When cooled, the liquor was more drying in the mouth but tasted sweet with notes of wet earth, fruits, and dark chocolate.

The wet leaves and steams were a broken greenish-brown colour and had completely unfurled. The leaves had a musky, roasted, earthy, woody smell.

I was initially nervous about the 5 minute steeping time since in the past I’ve ended up with a bitter cup of tea. However, it wasn’t the case with this! While there was some dryness at the back of the throat, the liquor was a sweet, fruity, and cocoa brew. I tasted the liquor with cake and shortbread and either seemed to be a good pairing. I imagine this tea tasting nicely with some milk chocolate but I sadly didn’t have any on hand.

This tea reminded me a lot of the Rare Tea Company’s Lost Malawi with its cocoa, malty, and fruity notes. I would recommend this tea to anyone who generally enjoys sweeter black teas, teas from Nepal or English Breakfasts (3.5/5 rating).

  • Type: Black tea
  • Origin: Nepal 
  • Caffeine: High caffeine
  • Ingredients: Black tea
  • Company: Nepal Tea LLC

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The question of the post: What is one tea estate you enjoy from Nepal?

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