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Sikkim Black Cosmos
Sikkim Black Cosmos
Sikkim Black Cosmos
Sikkim Black Cosmos
Sikkim Black Cosmos
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Sikkim Black Cosmos

Marvelous autumnal flush from the majestic mountains of Sikkim which is reminiscent of a chocolate covered candied orange peel
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Bermiok, Sikkim

Origin

Bermiok, Sikkim

Season - Autumn, October

Season

Autumn, October

Altitude - 2500 - 3200 ft

Altitude

2500 - 3200 ft

Cultivar - TV1 and TV2 c

Cultivar

TV1 and TV2 c

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Tea Type

Loose Leaf Black Tea

The autumnal flush from Bermiok, Sikkim is marvelous just like the majestic mountains that surround this high altitude tea garden and the quiet, mighty Tahr that roams the region. With a rich mouthfeel and a wonderful complexity, this tea is beautiful and grounding. The aroma and flavors are so unique with notes of cocoa, citrus, vanilla, spice and pine and takes us back to our trip to a chocolate shop in Brugge where we ate the most delicious chocolate covered candied orange peel. With a rich mouthfeel and a lasting aftertaste this tea is eloquent with notes of candied orange peel, blackberry, currant, cocoa, chestnut, pinewood, vanilla creating a beautiful explosion in the mouth.

Dry leaves

Dark brown partially broken leaves with few buds. Aroma of cocoa, citrus, vanilla and pinewood

Wet leaves

Chocolate leaves with an aroma of cocoa, allspice, tangerine, blackberry, chestnut and freshly baked bread.

Tea liquor

Beautiful amber color with a rich mouthfeel, full bodied and mild astringency. Mostly sweet and citrus with a slightly bitter taste this tea has a beautiful flavor profile and after taste that is very similar to its aroma. Initially you are greeted with candied orange peel that is sweet and juicy with some acidity followed by notes of cocoa, chestnut, allspice and vanilla with a hint of blackberry and currant. This tea is so expressive and gives multiple marvelous steeps.

Tasting Profile

Muscatel - chocolate, chestnut
Fruity - oranges, blackberry currant
Sweet - candied orange peel, vanilla
Floral - allspice
Woody - pinewood

Caffeine Level

Caffeine Level Caffeine Level Caffeine Level Caffeine Level

High-Moderate

Make the perfect tea

Steeping Instructions

Western Style

Number of infusions per 2.5 g: 3-4

1
Quantity
Quantity

2.5 gms of tea (use a digital scale)

2
Temperature
Temperature

120-150 ml (4-5 fl-oz) or 1/2 - 2/3rd cup of water at 90°C - 95°C (or 195°F - 205°F)

3
Steeping Time
Steeping Time
  • 1st infusion:

    1-2 minutes
    Pour and enjoy

  • 2nd infusion:45 seconds - 1 minute
  • 3rd infusion:45 seconds - 1 minute

Gongfu Style

This tea works great for the gongfu method of steeping as it helps coax out all the subtle flavors.

1
Quantity
Quantity

We recommend 5 gm of tea

2
Temperature
Temperature

100 ml water (approximate 10-20 ml of water per 1 gm of tea) at 85°C - 90°C (or 185°F - 195°F).

3
Steeping Time
Steeping Time
  • Steep the tea for 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 45s, and then maybe a minute each time until it loses flavor.

Meet

Chaiwala Tahr

If you are lucky, you will see the Himalayan Tahr in its native habitat — a majestic mountain goat that climbs the slopes of north and north-eastern India with ease. Alas, very few of them remain in the world and we hope to see this red-coated majestic creature thrive once again.

Chaiwala Tahr

Customer Reviews

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Darby in Arizona
Black Cosmos Tea Out of This World!

This morning I was able to brew my first cup of the Sikkim Black Cosmos Tea. Oh. My! I can't say enough about the smooth, warm, wonderful complexity of this tea. It is excellent. Upon opening the bag, I was met with the soft aroma of cocoa and, to my nose, earthy nuts. It was so comforting that I laughingly told my sister I could use it as a potpourri! I steeped it for a bit over 2 minutes, and it rewarded me with an added note of vanilla. Of course, the taste is the most important, and the Black Cosmos did not disappoint. This is a tea equally tasteful in a morning teacup as in an afternoon teapot. It can easily be paired with savory breakfast or sweet petit fours. Smooth, mellow, and comforting, this is a tea you'll enjoy at any time, in any situation!

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Darby in Arizona
Manipur Wild Galangal Black Tea: Yowza!

I recently purchased a bag of the Manipur Wild Galangal Black Tea and, in short --yowza! Absolutely wonderful.

Upon opening the bag, there was an earthy, rich, inviting smell. I knew immediately this was not going to be weak tea. I brewed it for the suggested two minutes, and took a sniff. Still earthy, but now with a surprising mild but distinct hint of forest smoke. Then a sip… This tea is wonderfully robust while remaining very, very smooth. The smoky aroma did not transfer to taste, but lingered just enough in the nose to make this tea unique. There’s a slight fruity hint, but nothing that overwhelms or interferes with the rich base notes.

I do like my morning tea a little sweet, so I added a small amount of honey. I don’t generally drink milk or cream in my tea, and felt no need to do so with this one, although if you prefer milk or cream, this tea could certainly stand up to it.

This is my first experience with Herbs & Kettles, and I am truly delighted. I highly recommend the Manipur Wild Galangal Black Tea.

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Sarah Adams
Absolutely delicious

I'm obsessed with this tea. So rich and complex.

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