Tea Time in May 2023 Box

Tea Time in May 2023 Box

May 16, 2023

Johnathan Milton

Tea Time in May 2023 Box

Embark on a delightful journey with the May 2023 Tea J Tea Box, featuring three remarkable teas and two perfectly paired pastries to elevate your tea experience. Our teas are thoughtfully grouped into three categories: Origins, Fruity or Floral, and Explorer. This month's box presents four types of pastries paired with teas from the Origins and Fruity or Floral categories. However, we have intentionally not paired any pastries with our Explorer tea, as it expands your palate and heightens your appreciation for this extraordinary tea's unique flavors.

Our teas this month boast a myriad of flavor notes from southern Asia with the Kathmandu Cosmos from Nepal for the Origins line.  The rose fennel black tea from India for the  Fruity or Floral line. Finally, to expand your palate, we’ve added a stronger spiced tea which includes Lakadong Turmeric and Ashwagandha also from India. Be careful when trying this Tumeric tea as the taste is unique but it can also stain your clothes or table a bright yellow orange hue.

May box tea and pastry map

Follow our My Tea Time blog series for an immersive exploration of your monthly tea experiences. Without further ado, let's embark on our May tea odyssey!


Get to know your Origins Tea!

Discover the enchanting world of our Origins tea line, a collection of exceptional teas sourced from different world origins, each boasting its unique charm, aroma, and taste. We suggest brewing it according to Tea J Tea's brewing instructions (How to brew tea), you can create a spectacular cup of tea that showcases the finest flavors and aromas these teas have to offer. In this month's box, we are thrilled to feature the award-winning Kathmandu Cosmos tea from Kanchanjangha Tea Estate and Research Center in Nepal, paired with delectable pastries that perfectly complement the tea's unique flavor profile. Delve into the captivating story of this Origins tea and learn why it has gained popularity across the globe.

About Kathmandu Cosmos Tea:
  • Tea Name: Kathmandu Cosmos (Nepal Tea Collective)
  • Category: Chai (Black tea)
  • Cultivar: Local Nepali cultivar
  • Altitude: 1300-1800 meters
  • Processing: Orthodox method
  • Picking Technique: Handpicked
  • Harvesting: Spring and Summer
  • Drying: Sun-dried
  • Caffeine Content: Kathmandu Cosmos offers a moderate caffeine content, providing a gentle boost to your day without overwhelming stimulation. This makes it a versatile choice for both morning awakening and afternoon relaxation. The blend of organic SFTGFOP black tea, ginger, black cardamom, lemongrass, cinnamon leaves, and orange peel delivers a delightful combination of flavors while maintaining a balanced caffeine level. Sip and savor the soothing properties of Kathmandu Cosmos without compromising your caffeine sensitivity.
  • Brewing Instructions: To experience the full richness of Kathmandu Cosmos, we recommend using the Western brewing style.
  1. Begin by bringing fresh water to a boil
  2. Measure approximately 1 tablespoon (3-7 grams) of tea leaves per 16-ounce (473 ml) cup and place them in a tea infuser or teapot
  3. Pour the boiling water over the tea leaves and let it steep for around 180 seconds (3 minutes) to extract the harmonious blend of fruity notes, warm spices, and citrus flavors
  4. Adjust the steeping time to your preference, and feel free to experiment with adding honey or lemon to enhance the taste

Kathmandu Cosmos is a delightful blend that strikes a perfect balance between floral and spice. With each sip, you'll experience the fireworks of myriad spices, including ginger, black cardamom, lemongrass, cinnamon leaves, and orange peels. But don't worry, this exquisite blend won't overwhelm your senses – its sweet, refreshing notes will leave your palate rejuvenated and ready for more. In 2020, Kathmandu Cosmos was awarded the prestigious AVPA award in Paris in the flavored tea category.

Tea Aroma and Taste

This Nepalese tea offers a unique and captivating sensory experience that is sure to delight tea connoisseurs and casual tea drinkers alike. Let's dive into the appearance, smell, and taste of this exquisite tea.

Appearance: Kathmandu Cosmos features beautifully twisted and rolled tea leaves, which gradually unfurls as they steep. The leaves showcase a rich, dark color with flecks of vibrant spices and citrus peels. Once brewed, the tea reveals a golden-amber hue, promising a tantalizing flavor experience.

Smell: The aroma of this tea is truly enchanting. As you bring the cup to your nose, you'll be greeted with a delightful bouquet of fragrances. The floral undertones provide a delicate foundation, while the medley of spices - ginger, black cardamom, lemongrass, and cinnamon leaves - create a captivating and invigorating scent. The addition of orange peels adds a touch of bright citrus, further enhancing the complexity of the aroma.

Taste: Upon your first sip of the Kathmandu Cosmos, you'll notice the perfect balance between floral and spice. The tea's natural sweetness and freshness make it easy on the palate, while the interplay of flavors from the ginger, black cardamom, lemongrass, and cinnamon creates a delightful taste in your mouth. The orange peels add a subtle citrus note, which rounds out the taste and leaves your palate refreshed and eager for more.

About the farm and Farmers!

Woman picking tea in Nepal

Background on the Farmers: The farmers behind the remarkable Kathmandu Cosmos tea play a vital role in the success and sustainability of Kanchanjangha Tea Estate and Research Center (KTERC). The small village of Phidim in Panchthar is home to a close-knit community of growers and carers who have come together, thanks to the transformative power of tea.

Ownership and Community: KTERC is unique in that it is owned by 101 owners from all over Phidim, including landless farmers. This collective ownership fosters a strong sense of community and shared responsibility among the farmers, who work together to cultivate, harvest, and process the tea leaves. They are invested not only in the success of the tea estate but also in the well-being and prosperity of their community.

Impact on the Local Economy: Tea production has had a profound impact on the local economy in Phidim. The tea estate has provided stable employment for many residents, helping to lift families out of poverty and improve their living conditions. Moreover, the success and recognition of the teas produced in KTERC, such as Kathmandu Cosmos, have attracted international attention and brought the world to Phidim, further bolstering the local economy.

Commitment to Sustainability and Organic Practices: The farmers at KTERC are committed to sustainable and organic agricultural practices. As the first certified organic tea garden in Nepal, the tea estate adheres to strict guidelines to ensure the production of high-quality, environmentally friendly tea. The farmers take great care in nurturing the tea plants, using natural methods to control pests and maintain soil fertility. This dedication to organic farming practices helps protect the local ecosystem and contributes to the unique, aromatic character of the teas.

The farmers behind Kathmandu Cosmos are the backbone of KTERC's success and its mission to uplift the local community. Their hard work, dedication, and passion for tea production shine through in every cup of Kathmandu Cosmos, making it a truly special and unique tea experience.

The Tea Maker: Nirananda Acharya, who has been with Kanchanjangha Tea Estate and Research Center (KTERC) for 29 years, is the tea master behind the enchanting Kathmandu Cosmos. As a dedicated and respected tea expert, Nirananda has witnessed and contributed to the transformation of the small village of Phidim in Panchthar, where tea has not only provided economic support but also united the community.

KTERC, Nepal's first certified organic tea garden, was established in 1984 by Mr. Deepak Prakash Baskota as a social enterprise to uplift his community. Nestled in the foothills of Mt. Kanchanjungha, the tea estate enjoys the pristine Himalayan climate, which contributes to the unique and aromatic character of its teas, including Kathmandu Cosmos. 

Unwrap the magic of Kathmandu Cosmos and indulge in the perfect tea and pastry pairing that takes you on a journey to the mystical landscapes of Nepal.

Pastry Pairings 

Our expertly curated tea and pastry subscription box pairs the award-winning Kathmandu Cosmos tea with two delightful cookie selections: Thin Ginger Cookies and Cinnamon Cookies. These cookies have been thoughtfully chosen to complement and enhance the unique flavor profile of the tea, creating a truly memorable sensory experience.

Thin Ginger Cookies (USA): They perfectly match Kathmandu Cosmos, as they share several key flavor elements. The cookies are made with a blend of candied ginger, pureed ginger, and ground ginger, which resonates with the ginger notes present in the tea. Additionally, the cookies' hints of molasses, cloves, and cinnamon harmonize beautifully with the black cardamom, lemongrass, cinnamon leaves, and orange peels found in the tea. The thin, crisp texture of the cookies adds a delightful crunch that contrasts with the smooth, refreshing taste of the tea, making for a well-rounded experience. And because these cookies are made with 100% real ingredients and are low in calories, you can indulge guilt-free.

Cinnamon Cookie (Mexico): The Traditional Cinnamon Cookies offer another excellent pairing option for Kathmandu Cosmos. The cinnamon flavor in these cookies echoes the cinnamon notes in the tea. The light, crispy texture of the cookies further contrasts the tea's rich, complex taste. Cinnamon’s subtle spiciness in the cookie complements the tea's blend of spices, creating a harmonious interplay of flavors that will delight your palate. These versatile cookies are perfect for enjoying with your morning cup of tea or as an afternoon pick-me-up.

Together, the Thin Ginger Cookies and Cinnamon Cookies enhance the enchanting flavors of Kathmandu Cosmos, creating a symphony of taste that is both comforting and invigorating.

Palate Cleanser (for taste testing): Saltine crackers are provided in our tea box to clean the taste of your mouth including spicy, bitter, or sweet.

Fruity or Floral 

Are you ready to embark on a delightful tea journey filled with floral enchantment? Look no further than Teas for Wildlife's Rose Fennel Black Tea. This exquisite blend combines the richness of black tea with the delicate essence of roses and the subtle herbal notes of fennel seeds. As you sip this flavorful concoction, you'll be transported to a serene garden blooming with fragrant roses. But this tea offers more than just a sensory experience. With every sip, you contribute to the conservation of the Great Indian Bustard, making it a sip that makes a true impact. So, grab your teacup and, let's explore the fruity and floral wonders of Rose Fennel Black Tea!

Teas for Wildlife Rose Fennel

Embrace the Flavors of Rose Fennel Black Tea

  • Tea Name: Rose Fennel Black Tea (Teas For Wildlife)
  • Processing: Our Rose Fennel Black Tea is a carefully hand-blended concoction of natural rose petals and fennel seeds, expertly combined with premium Assam Orthodox black tea. This meticulous blending process ensures that each sip of our tea is a harmonious fusion of floral and herbal goodness.
  • Year: Aug 2022
  • Caffeine Content: Yes
  • Brewing Instructions:
    1. Begin by bringing fresh water to a boil
    2. Measure approximately 1 tablespoon (3-7 grams) of tea leaves per 16-ounce (473 ml) cup and place them in a tea infuser or teapot
    3. Pour the boiling water over the tea leaves and let it steep for around 3 minutes

Tea Aroma and Taste

Appearance: When brewed, Rose Fennel Black Tea reveals a beautiful and inviting dark color, reminiscent of classic black tea. The appearance of the tea in your cup sets the stage for a delightful tea experience.

Smell: As you bring the cup to your nose, a captivating and smooth aroma fills the air. The fragrance of roses takes the spotlight, with its sweet and floral notes enchanting your senses. The gentle presence of fennel seeds adds a subtle herbal touch, enhancing the aromatic profile of the tea.

Tasting Notes: With the first sip, you'll experience the smoothness and richness of the black tea, providing a strong and comforting base. As the delicate essence of roses emerges, imparting a subtle and natural sweetness. The fennel seeds add a gentle herbal undertone, enriching the overall flavor profile. Combining these elements creates a symphony of flavors that will leave you craving another cup.

Indulging in a cup of Rose Fennel Black Tea is not just an exquisite treat for your taste buds; it's a sensory journey that transports you to a realm of floral delight. Each sip is a harmonious blend of the robust black tea, the delicate essence of roses, and the subtle herbal nuances of fennel seeds.

But the pleasure doesn't end there. By choosing Teas for Wildlife's Rose Fennel Black Tea, you're not only treating yourself to a delightful tea experience but also making a meaningful impact on wildlife conservation. With each purchase, a portion of the profits goes towards protecting the habitat of the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard and reducing human-wildlife conflicts in Rajasthan.

So, brew a cup of Rose Fennel Black Tea, find a moment of tranquility, and relish in the fruity and floral wonders it offers. Let each sip be a reminder of the beauty of nature and the power we have to make a difference. With every sip of Rose Fennel Black Tea, you contribute to the conservation of the Great Indian Bustard, a majestic bird species on the brink of extinction. It's a sip that makes a true impact, allowing you to savor the flavors of nature while actively supporting wildlife preservation.

Pastry Pairings 

Thin Biscuit Cookies (Japan): Indulge in the delicate flavors of Japanese Thin Biscuit Cookies as they gracefully complement the aromatic notes of Rose Fennel Black Tea. These cookies from Japan are meticulously crafted with different kinds of nuts - almond, hazelnut, and macadamia. The result is a harmonious blend of nuttiness and a richer flavor that perfectly harmonizes with the tea's profile. As you take a bite of these crispy and savory biscuits, the subtle sweetness of the rose and the herbal undertones of fennel enhance the overall taste experience. The combination of the thin, crunchy cookies and the smooth, floral notes of the tea creates a delightful contrast that will leave your taste buds yearning for more.

Strawberry Cream Wafer (Taiwan): Elevate your tea time to new heights with the pairing of Strawberry Cream Wafers and Rose Fennel Black Tea. Hailing from Taiwan, these crispy wafer cookies are a delicious treat that perfectly complements the fruity and floral flavors of the tea. With each bite, you'll experience the airy texture of the wafers and the velvety strawberry cream sandwiched between them. The sweetness of the strawberry cream resonates harmoniously with the delicate essence of roses in the tea, creating a delightful symphony of flavors. Whether you're enjoying these wafers alone or dipping them in the tea, the combination will transport you to a realm of indulgence. With every sip and nibble, the tea's floral notes intermingle with the creamy strawberry, making for a truly delicious and satisfying pairing.

These pastry pairings with Rose Fennel Black Tea showcase the tea's versatility and ability to complement a range of flavors. Whether it's the nuttiness of the Thin Biscuit Cookies or the sweet creaminess of the Strawberry Cream Wafers, the tea enhances the overall taste experience, bringing out the best in each pastry. So, grab your favorite pastry, brew a cup of Rose Fennel Black Tea, and let the flavors intertwine in a delightful dance of fruity, floral, and indulgent delights.

(Read more about Tea J Tea’s recommended way of tasting: Sip-Bite-Sip)


Embark on a voyage of taste and wellness with our Explorer Tea collection, where each blend is crafted to ignite your senses and offer potential health benefits. For this month, we invite you to discover the remarkable Lakadong Turmeric Ashwagandha Tea, which is an exquisite blend that combines the world's highest-curcumin turmeric with indigenous ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, and ashwagandha. With its robust flavors and potential therapeutic properties, this tea will definitely expand your taste buds. Join us as we delve into the intriguing world of Lakadong Turmeric Ashwagandha Tea, exploring its origins, brewing instructions, and the captivating aroma and taste that awaits.

Explorer Tea: Something New

        • Tea Name: Lakadong Turmeric Ashwagandha (Teas For Wildlife)
Lakadong Turmeric Ashwagandha Tea (Teas For Wildlife)
  • Caffeine Content: None
  • Harvesting: The Lakadong Turmeric Ashwagandha Tea is crafted using the world's highest-curcumin turmeric, sourced from India. This Lakadong turmeric variety, known as Lakadong turmeric, boasts an impressive curcumin content of 7-9%, making it a potent ingredient for potential health benefits. It is carefully harvested from the pristine landscapes of India, ensuring the highest quality and purity.
  • Processing: Tea For Wildlife’s Lakadong Turmeric Ashwagandha Tea is meticulously hand-blended, combining curcumin-rich Lakadong turmeric with indigenous ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, and ashwagandha. These thoughtfully selected ingredients synergize to create a tea blend that is not only flavorful but also offers antioxidant, antiviral, and potential anti-cancer properties. Each ingredient is carefully processed to preserve its natural goodness, resulting in a tea that is as beneficial as it is delightful.
  • Year: Nov 2022
  • Brewing Instructions:
    1. Begin by bringing fresh water to 91°C/195°F
    2. Measure approximately 1 tablespoon (3-7 grams) of tea leaves per 16-ounce (473 ml) cup and place them in a tea infuser or teapot
    3. Pour the boiling water over the tea leaves and let it steep for around 3-4 minutes.
  • Health Benefits: Lakadong Turmeric Ashwagandha Tea not only tantalizes the taste buds but also holds the promise of potential health benefits. The combination of high-curcumin Lakadong turmeric and the adaptogenic herb ashwagandha creates a powerhouse of natural compounds known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immune-boosting properties. Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, has been widely studied for its potential to support joint health, aid digestion, promote healthy brain function, and enhance overall well-being. 

Tea Aroma and Taste

Appearance: When brewed, Lakadong Turmeric Ashwagandha Tea reveals a vibrant golden hue, reminiscent of the sun-drenched landscapes of India. The radiant color is a visual reflection of the tea's invigorating and uplifting nature.

Smell: The aroma that emanates from a cup of Lakadong Turmeric Ashwagandha Tea is a delightful blend of earthy, spicy, and herbal notes. The distinct fragrance of turmeric is complemented by the warming essence of ginger, the comforting scent of cinnamon, and the subtle hint of black pepper. This aromatic symphony entices the senses, preparing you for the flavors that await.

Tasting Notes: As you take your first sip, the flavors of Lakadong Turmeric Ashwagandha Tea captivate your taste buds with their complexity and balance. The distinctive spiciness of turmeric intermingles with the soothing warmth of ginger, creating a harmonious combination. The sweetness of cinnamon adds a comforting touch, while the subtle kick of black pepper adds depth to the overall flavor profile. These flavors are further enhanced by the herbal undertones of ashwagandha, creating a tea that is both invigorating and comforting. Savor each sip and let the flavors transport you to the vibrant landscapes of India.

With its unique combination of ingredients and invigorating flavors, Lakadong Turmeric Ashwagandha Tea is an Explorer Tea that invites you to embark on a journey of taste and potential well-being. As you indulge in this extraordinary blend, know that your choice supports the efforts of Teas for Wildlife to make a true impact in protecting habitats around Nagaland and Assam. So, brew a cup of Lakadong Turmeric Ashwagandha Tea, sip mindfully, and let its enticing flavors transport you to a world of exploration and harmony.

Are you interested in previous Subscription Boxes from previous months? Check out Last Month’s box (April Tea Time in A Box).

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