Dharamsala Mann Premium Kangra First Flush Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea
Flavors
Apricot, Cedar, Malt, Mineral, Muscatel, Sweet, Sweet, Warm Grass, Wet Rocks, Petrichor, Vegetal
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Low
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Edit tea info Last updated by teepland
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 6 g 17 oz / 488 ml

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  • “This may be my favorite tea so far. A great find if you are looking for an excellent lighter black tea or darker oolong without paying much of premium. At 5.49/100g, this one is a steal. I love how...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This tea is quite old now, but seeing as a won a kilo of it years back I’m impressed with both how much I’ve drank (though I gave a lot away) and how well it’s held up… - Made a mug of it and the...” Read full tasting note
  • “When I originally purchased this tea, it was known as Dharamsala Mann Premium Kangra First Flush, and it was excellent (see my previous reviews). Vahdam then changed their marketing on this to call...” Read full tasting note
    90
  • “This is a very nice tea from Vahdam Teas. It has a very light color to it and there were a lot of green leaves. There are some notes of malt and some sweet notes. The sweet notes might be...” Read full tasting note
    86

From Vahdam Teas

This chinary from the northern Himalayan region of Kangra is a surprise of this year’s spring. Unlike the restrained and earthy teas that this region is known to produce, this year’s black tea is an aromatic delight which places it in the same league as Darjeeling Green First Flush. A heady, sweet, vegetal profile which is smooth, strong and succulent. The tea begins on notes of forest floor and silk tree blossom with hints of blanched legumes that soon give way to cooked vegetables blended with tree fruit that linger on till the finish.
An ideal cup to start a fresh day on the right note and caffeine to power you through. The tea complements flavours like grilled vegetables, sian salds, sushi and tofu quite well.

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36 tasting notes

This may be my favorite tea so far. A great find if you are looking for an excellent lighter black tea or darker oolong without paying much of premium. At 5.49/100g, this one is a steal. I love how the light darjeeling-style fruity notes give way to a little wood and a faint “golden monkey” bottom that lingers and builds. I haven’t very much liked any of the golden monkey teas that I have tried in the past, but this tea definitely brings them to mind between sips – this time around it is not unwelcome. Love how this tea sits with you for a while and creates a nice build.

Flavors: Apricot, Cedar, Malt, Mineral, Muscatel

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This tea is quite old now, but seeing as a won a kilo of it years back I’m impressed with both how much I’ve drank (though I gave a lot away) and how well it’s held up…

- Made a mug of it and the taste was nice but the steeping aroma is what blew me away
- Very fragrant and floral but also strongly vegetal
- Reminded me super heavily of steamed broccoli
- …or the smell of stir fried vegetables when you walk into a nice Chinese restaurant
- Taste has hints of floral sweetness
- But leans much more towards that steamed green veggie flavor

teepland

This is still one of my favorites, and seems to me to get better as it ages. Definitely agree with the strong vegetal aroma — I hadn’t thought about steamed broccoli, but that seems to be as accurate description as I’ve read of it!

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When I originally purchased this tea, it was known as Dharamsala Mann Premium Kangra First Flush, and it was excellent (see my previous reviews). Vahdam then changed their marketing on this to call it Western Himalayan Kangra — and with that change came a decrease in quality, I thought. It just wasn’t as good. I even contacted the company to see if they changed their supplier to someone else, because I was so disappointed.

Anyway, since I was so happy with the product under its former name, I had purchased a large quantity under its new name, only to find out the quality wasn’t as good. I was disappointed and left it alone on the shelf for over a year.

I recently found it on the shelf and decided to give it another try. It actually improved over that time! It had the same flavors I remember it having when I first had it under its former name! I am so happy to be able to dip back into my supply of this tea and start drinking it again. I’m no tea specialist, so maybe it is just that I prefer this tea after it has aged awhile (and maybe even gotten old and tired) — I don’t know. But I am happy to have this old friend back and look forward to enjoying it over summer.

Flavors: Petrichor, Vegetal, Wet Rocks

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 6 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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This is a very nice tea from Vahdam Teas. It has a very light color to it and there were a lot of green leaves. There are some notes of malt and some sweet notes. The sweet notes might be described as fruity. It is good stuff. Need to try this as a cold brewed iced tea.

I steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 minutes.

Flavors: Malt, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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