Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Nudo Darjeeling Tea Garden Adoption Subscriptions

 A tea garden adoption subscription entitles you to a quarterly delivery of loose leaf tea from Nudo Darjeeling and allows you to invest in local family tea farms.

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Nudo Darjeeling Tea Samples

Those of you who follow me on social media -- especially on Facebook and Instagram -- have seen evidence that supports my love of coffee. But, every now and then, I like to change it up and switch over to tea. This is especially true when I'm in need of a creative recharge, something that has been happening more frequently ever since I started focusing more on my writing career.

I'll be honest with you. I don't have a favorite brand of tea, or even a favorite type of tea. When I go to the grocery store to buy tea, I don't follow a particular method when selecting which box of tea to put into the basket. But that all may chance now that I've had a chance to learn more about Nudo Darjeeling and the selection of teas they offer with their tea garden adoption subscription package.

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Nudo Darjeeling Golden Harvest

Through Nudo Darjeeling, you can adopt one of five organic tea farms in their program -- Chong Tong, Sivitar, Mullootar, Nurbong, or Nagri. Choose to adopt a garden and receive the tea yourself ($29 quarterly) or adopt a garden for someone else and give the tea as a gift (from $39). If you need help choosing which tea garden to adopt, then you can have opt to have Nudo Darjeeling choose one for you.

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Nudo Darjeeling Golden Harvest

Although Nudo Darjeeling sent me samples of all four of their loose leaf teas, I opted to try the Golden Harvest tea since that's the tea included in every gift subscription.

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Nudo Darjeeling Golden Harvest

I placed one teaspoon of dry tea leaves into my infuser and allowed the tea to steep for three minutes. The resulting tea was a deep golden color, somewhat similar to the color of honey, and the flavor was sweet on the tongue with some lingering herbal notes behind the sweetness. I rather enjoyed the Golden Harvest tea and can understand why this spring harvest tea is included in the gift subscription.

When placing your gift order, you have the option of including additional teas -- the Summer Harvest (loose leaf tea picked from the first flush that's prized for its delicate flavor), the Fall Harvest (loose leaf tea picked from the fragrant second flush ahead of the Indian monsoon season), and the Winter Harvest (the Monsoon flush, which produces a more robust tea leaf with a fuller flavor and a dark amber brew).

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Cliff the Climber Tea Infuser

As a slight aside, I do want to take a minute to talk about the tea infuser that I used to prepare the tea from Nudo Darjeeling. Isn't he just the cutest? His name is "Cliff the Climber" and he's designed to look like a mountain climber repelling down into your cup.

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Cliff the Climber Tea Infuser

Adorable.

With whimsical gadgets like these out there, who wouldn't want to start drinking tea on a more regular basis? Especially when it helps realize Nudo Darjeeling's mission of supporting local tea farmers and pickers?

I highly recommend checking out their program if you're looking for gift ideas for the tea lovers in your life or if you'd like to invest in the interests of the farms they partner with.... Or both!

Taste As You Go Disclaimer: I received product samples from Nudo Darjeeling at no cost to me. I did not accept monetary compensation for writing about these products or about my experiences while using them. All opinions expressed are my own. 

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