I happened upon a New York Times article on teas from Nepal including these teas. As a primarily coffee drinker for most of my life who had been experimenting with teas for the last five years or so I decided to try my first whole leaf teas. Since I'd been primarily drinking oolong in tea bags I decided to try the whole leaf oolongs, starting off with Annapurna. What a surprise! It is so light on the tongue. I'd expected something fuller and more astringent. In fact I assumed all tea was astringent. But Annapurna is not at all. Instead it is a complex but very smooth drink. I'd never thought of smoothness in tea before but I don't know how else to explain it. Each drink of the tea seems to have a range of tastes and sensations and yet they all flow as one smooth taste. There is another taste I've noticed in Annapurna. I assume it is the muscatel taste associated with Darjeeling and Darjeeling-like teas. It was at first a surprise, something lighter and fruitier than I'd previously experienced in teas. But it has grown on me and is now another of the elements I enjoy in this tea. I should end by saying that there's also a feeling of healthfulness in the tea. Perhaps it's just the sense of lightness, like an early spring breeze after a long and cold winter. I should add that with so little experience drinking tea I didn't expect to be so flowery in my description and probably have no right to be. But it is honest nonetheless. I truly enjoy the teas from Nepali Tea Traders.
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