Kanchanjangha Verde Organic Green Tea From Nepal Tea and Kanchanjangha Tea Estate

Today, I will be reviewing the Kanchanjangha Verde Organic Green Tea from Nepal Tea, and sourced directly from Kanchanjangha Tea Estate, located in the foothills of Mount Kanchenjunga in Ranitar, eastern Nepal. See the map below showing the location of Ranitar.

You can purchase 1.7 ounces (50 grams) of this tea for USD $9.99 from the Nepal Tea website.

I have covered Nepal Tea and Kanchanjangha Tea Estate in some detail in previous reviews of their products. Just enter “Nepal” in the search box and you will see a list of previous reviews.

Let’s get to the review…

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Kanchanjangha Verde Organic Green Tea – Dry Leaves

The dry leaves range in color from pale light forest green to dark forest green. The leaves appear to be mostly medium to large sized fragments, with a few small but possibly unbroken leaves in the mix. There are also some bud fragments, and a bare stem or two in the mix. The leaves are machine rolled, and appear to have minimal oxidation levels. The aroma has scents of toasted grains, dark chocolate, dry autumn leaves, and a touch of dried cherry.

Eight grams of dry leaves were placed in an 18 ounce (530 mL) cast-iron tetsubin teapot, and infused with 175°F (80°C) water for 2:00 minutes.

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Kanchanjangha Verde Organic Green Tea – Infusion

The tea liquid had a gold-yellow color, clear and transparent. The aroma had scents of cut grass, sea mist, a touch of roses, and grains. The body is full, with a lively, bright texture. There was no bitterness, and a mild astringency. The taste has notes of cut grass, mineral (salt or sea mist), grains, and a touch of roses. The aftertaste carries the vegetal and light rose notes.

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Kanchanjangha Verde Organic Green Tea – Infused Leaves

The infused leaves have a fresh, forest green color, with a few leaves having reddish spots from unintended oxidation. The mix consists of mostly medium to large leaf and bud fragments. There are one or two bare stems, and a few unbroken leaves that are quite young and small. The leaves have a soft, smooth, tender texture. The aroma carries the scents of grass, sea mist or salt mineral, and lighter touches of wet grains and roses.

The Kanchanjangha Verde Organic Green Tea from Nepal Tea and Kanchangjangha Tea Estate is very nice every day drinking green tea. It has a nice amount of taste and body for a green tea, not being overwhelmingly grassy and vegetal, and not being too weak to enjoy. It has a nice touch of floral character to it, but definitely is dominated by the grassy character that is expected of a green tea. This tea also has an interesting mineral (salt or sea mist) note in the aroma and taste. This tea will not disappoint when reaching for a pleasant, classic green tea.

Thank you to the management at Nepal Tea and Kanchanjangha Tea Estate for providing this sample of Kanchanjangha Verde Organic Green Tea. Cheers!

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Second Flush 2014 Cannon Ball Green Tea from What-Cha and Greenland Organic Farm

Today’s review will focus on the Nepal Second Flush 2014 Cannon Ball Green Tea from What-Cha. What-Cha sources this tea from the Greenland Organic Farm located in eastern Nepal. To view and purchase this tea at the What-Cha website, please click here.

Since I have covered What-Cha and Greenland Organic Farm on several occasions already, I have decided to use this space to remind my readers of the close-out sale going on at The Tea Journeyman Shop. I have cut prices on all teas to the point that they are basically at wholesale. The oolong teas have been moving quickly at these prices, but I do not want anyone to overlook the white teas and the Amba hand-rolled black tea either. The new prices on the Shining Antlers and Shire Highlands White Teas from Satemwa Tea Estate in Malawi, and the Amba Hand-Rolled Black Tea from Amba Estate in Sri Lanka make them worth stocking up on before my supply runs out. The black teas and green tea from Sri Lanka are also very cheap, with the Big Leaf Ceylon Green Tea being an unsung hero of the product lineup. I have had many repeat buyers of the Big Leaf Ceylon Green Tea.

Basically, all of the teas at The Tea Journeyman Shop are so inexpensive that this is a great opportunity to load up on high quality and interesting teas at near wholesale prices. The shipping fee is still a flat $5 to anywhere in the U.S., and I am willing to send to Canada also. Once the teas are sold out, you will have to pay much higher prices getting these teas elsewhere, if you can even find them anywhere else in the U.S. or Canada. Check them out today, and make me do some work for the next two months. The shop closes on April 15th, or once all products are sold out, whichever comes first.

Back to the review at hand. The sample packet has been opened, and the Cannon Ball description is quite accurate. Let the journey begin…

Nepal Second Flush 2014 Cannon Ball Green Tea Dry Leaves
Nepal Second Flush 2014 Cannon Ball Green Tea Dry Leaves

The dry leaves have a uniform dark green color. The leaves are tightly rolled and compressed into oblong balls, about the size of black beans. There are so crumbs in the mix. The balls appear to consist of medium to large leaf fragments, buds, and some thin stems. I would not be surprised to find some smaller whole leaves, but there does not appear to be an intact pluck. I assume at this point a two leaf and bud pluck. The “cannon balls” are very dense, with a coarse, round texture. The smell has scents of grass, hay, light caramel, and dried lemon.

Three grams of dry leaves were placed in a five ounce (150 ml) porcelain infusion cup. Purified water was heated to 185°F (85°C). The leaves were infused for 3:00 minutes.

My suggestion for at home preparation is to use three grams of dry leaves for every six to eight ounces (180 to 240 ml) of water to be used. Heat water to 175°F (80°C). Steep the leaves for 2:00 minutes. Expect three quality infusions out of the same serving of leaves.

Nepal Second Flush 2014 Cannon Ball Green Tea Liquor
Nepal Second Flush 2014 Cannon Ball Green Tea Liquor

The first infusion produced a liquor with greenish yellow color, clear and transparent. The aroma has scents of grass, lemon, forest floor, wet stones, and hay. The body is light and refreshing, with a clean, gentle texture. There is a medium level of astringency. The taste has notes of lemon, grass, hay, forest floor, wet stones, orange blossoms, and steamed leafy green vegetables. The aftertaste carries the wet stones, grass, and orange blossom notes, and the blossom essence lingers on the breath.

Nepal Second Flush 2014 Cannon Ball Green Tea Infused Leaves
Nepal Second Flush 2014 Cannon Ball Green Tea Infused Leaves

The infused leaves have a forest green color, with some of the leaves showing some light oxidation around the edges. The leaves are all medium to large sized fragments, with a few bud fragments, and a few bare stems in the mix. I did not find any whole leaves or intact plucks. The leaves have a very soft, delicate feel, most likely from the amount of pressure applied during processing to create the cannon ball shape. The smell has scents of grass, forest floor, wet stone, lemon, and light steamed leafy green vegetables.

The Nepal Second Flush 2014 Cannon Ball Green Tea has a unique look and is worthy of respect. With a light, refreshing, clean feel, and plenty of aroma and taste that are consistent through three infusions, this Nepalese green tea will satisfy most green tea drinkers. The lemon and orange blossom tastes, and especially the orange blossom aftertaste and essence, were the most noteworthy characteristics of this green tea.

Thanks again to the management of What-Cha for providing this sample of Nepal Second Flush 2014 Cannon Ball Green Tea. Cheers!

Khima FTGFOP1 2nd Flush 2014 Nepal Green Tea from Surajmukhi Tea

I have to admit that I have samples from a few vendors waiting for review, but I am having a hard time pulling myself away from the box of samples from Nepal. I have yet to find a Nepal tea that I have not been and impressed with and thoroughly enjoyed. This is definitely a region that I will be keeping an eye, as I expect the popularity of Nepal teas to increase exponentially as more consumers get to try these amazing products.

Today’s review will focus on the Khima FTGFOP1 2nd Flush Nepal Green Tea. This sample was provided by Surajmukhi Tea. The estate producing this tea is located in eastern Nepal, on the opposing hill slopes of the Thurbo Tea Estate in Darjeeling, India.

The sample packet has been opened, and if you put these dry tea leaves in front of me, then a box of dark chocolate covered cherries, I would probably not be able to tell them apart. Let the journey begin…

Khima FTGFOP1 Nepal Green Tea Dry Leaves
Khima FTGFOP1 Nepal Green Tea Dry Leaves

The dry leaves range in color from bright green to very dark green (almost black), and a few brown. There are some silver tips in the mix, as well as some stems. The leaves are all medium sized fragments, and are machine rolled. I am not convinced that this is a true green tea, not to take anything away from the overall quality of the product itself. The aroma is incredibly attractive, with dominant scents of sweetened dark chocolate, ripe dark cherries, and a very light touch of dried cayenne or chili peppers. This is a very impressive aroma!

Three grams of dry leaves were placed in a five ounce (150 ml) porcelain infusion cup. Purified water was heated to 175°F (75°C). The leaves were infused for 3:00 minutes.

I prepared this sample using the parameters that are appropriate for an evaluation of a true green tea.  I will also prepare a separate sample using 205°F (96°C) water and a 4:00 minute infusion time to gauge the level of bitterness and other undesirable effects that result. This will help determine whether this is a true green tea or not. I will report my findings at the bottom of the this review. At that time, I will also provide my suggestions for at home preparation.

Khima FTGFOP1 Nepal Green Tea Infusion (175F)
Khima FTGFOP1 Nepal Green Tea Infusion (175F)

The first infusion produced a liquor with a pale golden-yellow color, clear and transparent. The aroma has scents of cocoa, cherry, and light grass. The body is light-medium, with a clean, smooth texture. The taste has notes of dark chocolate, cherries, and grass. There is a mild astringency to the tea. The aftertaste is sweet and grassy, and a sweet yet light floral essence can be felt on the breath.

Khima FTGFOP1 Nepal Green Tea Infused Leaves
Khima FTGFOP1 Nepal Green Tea Infused Leaves

The infused leaves range in color from fresh forest green to dark forest green to greenish-brown. The leaves are all medium sized fragments, with some unbroken tips in the mix, and some smaller stem fragments. The leaves have a soft, smooth, delicate texture. The aroma maintains the scents of dark chocolate, cherries, and a light grass hint.

Khima FTGFOP1 Nepal Green Tea Infusion (205F)
Khima FTGFOP1 Nepal Green Tea Infusion (205F)

Using the 205°F (96°C) water and a 4:00 minute infusion time, the tea has a darker golden-yellow color. The aroma is not as pleasant. The taste is certainly more bitter, and the dark chocolate note is more of woody note. The aftertaste is quite bitter. Although I am still not fully convinced that this is a true green tea in the traditional definition of the word, I am convinced that using green tea steeping parameters is the best method of extracting the most favorable characteristics from these leaves.

Therefore, my suggestion for at home preparation is to use three grams of dry leaves for every six to eight ounces (180 to 240 ml) of water to be used. Heat water to 175°F (75°C). Steep the leaves for 2:00 minutes. Expect to get two infusions out of the same serving of leaves, with the second infusion being overall lighter in character than the first infusion.

The teas coming from this tea estate in eastern Nepal have the amazing quality of offering strong scents and tastes of dark chocolate and cherries. I would almost describe these products as desert teas. The visual aspect of the dry leaves is not as impressive as the aromas and tastes, having the general look of other Darjeeling second flush teas. As a basis for comparison, my favorite green tea out of Nepal comes from the Kanchanjangha Tea Estate. Although that green tea is not as sweet, and instead is more floral, the dry leaves have a very high quality appearance, and consist of large leaf fragments, whole leaves, and impressive tips. It is my humble opinion that if Nepal tea producers want to compete and gain market share on their Darjeeling (and other) competitors, then they may want to consider diversifying the appearance of the teas. Of course, if improving the appearance translates into lower quality aromas and tastes, then appearance should not be the priority.

Do not forget that the green tea from Kanchanjangha Tea Estate is available for purchase at The Tea Journeyman Shop! Click here to check it out!

Overall, this Khima FTGFOP1 Nepal Green Tea was an impressive product! If you like chocolate covered cherries, then you will absolutely love this tea. At least you don’t have to worry about the calorie counting while indulging in this treat!

Thanks to Ankit Lochan at Surajmukhi Tea for providing these incredible samples from Nepal, Assam, and Darjeeling. Cheers!

 

Mao Feng Green Tea from Mount Kanchenjunga in Nepal

UPDATE: The Mount Kanchenjunga Nepal Green Tea is now available for purchase at The Tea Journeyman Shop! Click Here to view and purchase this high-altitude grown green tea from the first organic tea estate in Nepal!

Tonight’s review focuses on the Premium Mao Feng Green Tea from Mount Kanchenjunga in eastern Nepal. After reviewing the white, oolong, and two black teas, I am very interested to see if this green tea has any common characteristics to the other teas. Namely, the rose and cherry aromas and tastes that I found existing in each of the other four products from Mount Kanchenjunga previously reviewed.

The sample packet has been opened, and an incredibly fresh, fragrant, room-filling aroma of roses and jasmine is already impressing me. Let the journey begin…

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The dry leaves have a pale green to dark green color, with quite a few mature silver tips in the mix. The silver tips are covered in very fine hairs. The leafs are rolled, and appear to be large leaf fragments and whole leaves with a few stems intact. The aroma had scents of grass, roses, light jasmine, and light hay.

Three grams of dry leaves were placed in a five ounce (150 ml) ceramic infusion cup. Purified spring water was heated to 175ºF (75ºC). The leaves were infused for two minutes.

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The first infusion produced a liquor with a pale yellow color and a light jade green tint, clear and transparent. The aroma had scents of light roses, light grass, light nut, and light jasmine. The body is light-medium, with a very smooth, delicate texture. The taste had notes of light roses, light grass, light wood, and light jasmine. The aftertaste was floral and slightly grassy, with a strong jasmine floral essence left on the breath.

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The second infusion produced a liquor with a slightly darker shade of pale yellow color, with a lighter jade green tint than the first infusion. The aroma retained the scents of roses, jasmine, nut, and grass. The body remained light-medium. The taste was slightly bolder, but retained the notes of roses, jasmine, and light grass. The aftertaste remained floral, and the essence retains a potent jasmine character.

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The third infusion produced a liquor with the lighter shade of pale yellow color like the first infusion. The aroma lightened some, but maintained the same floral scents. The body and taste also lightened some, but again the notes of roses and jasmine were dominant. The aftertaste and essence remained impressively floral. This third infusion had plenty of sweet floral character.

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The infused leaves had a fresh, bright green color. The pluck was two leaves with a mature bud, stem intact. Some tips measured about one inch (25.4 mm) long. There are many whole leaves, and the rest are large fragments. The aroma is very fresh, with scents of wet wood, wet grass, roses, and jasmine.

The surprisingly sweet floral character of this Mao Feng Green Tea from Mount Kanchenjunga was very impressive. This green tea has become an instant favorite of mine. The fresh quality of the aroma of the dry and infused leaves is very attractive. This green tea is a perfect combination of classic green tea character with the floral quality similar to Darjeeling teas. It is interesting to see the influence of both bordering countries to Mount Kanchenjunga, being China and India, being present in this specific tea. This is a green tea worth trying, regardless of your tea type preferences.

Thank you again to Niru Trading for providing this impressive tea. Cheers!

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