After having some Himalayan Tips from Harney & Sons which I reviewed last year, I've become rather fond of this type of tea. As a culture enthusiast I find tea from Nepal compelling for more than their quality. The culture and families growing these teas are fantastic people! SAFA Himalaya celebrates this with their Himalayan Tips.
|Blend Name||Hand Rolled
|Country of Origin||Nepal|
|Price per Package||$25 USD|
|Quantity||~ 1.5 oz|
|*Flavor, Aroma, Boldness|
This hand rolled tea from Nepal has slender twisted leaves about a 1/2 inch long appearing from a very light gray to a nice dark black. While described as tippy by SAFA Himalaya, I haven't noted any particular level of down within the packaging. I'm not saying these aren't tips, just that the typical reflections of being tippy aren't completely there.
The aroma presents itself similar to hay (for horses) when dry, but the wet leaves provide a much sweeter aroma, in line with a light Oolong. To go with the aromas this tea brews a wonderfully amber liquor, very clear but dark enough to know it's a black tea.
The flavors are the fun part here. Lightly astringent, the liquor plays on your tongue for a minute before it bites. I expected this tea to dry the palate, but it doesn't. While the aroma is sweeter once brewed, the flavor comes out more grassy. I appreciate this teas subtleties.
I would recommend this tea for fans of lighter black teas such as Keemuns and Sri Lankan blacks. Fans of tippy white teas will also be pleased with this brew.