Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lochan Tea Doke Black Fusion 2014

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: dark, wiry with golden tips
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 205 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain infuser mug
Liquor: dark amber

One thing that I love about the teas that I've tried from +Lochan Tea Limited is that they are never quite what I expected. Of course, I mean that in the best way possible. The dry leaves were mostly whole with some golden tips interspersed. I was surprised to find a depth and complexity that I've never really gotten from an Indian grown black tea before. The taste was robust with notes of molasses, rose and a pleasant bit of maltiness. It wasn't exactly what I would describe as sweet but it had a unique sugary mouth-feel. I drank this on an unusually rainy and windy night and it really hit the spot. Even though this is a fairly full bodied tea I have to strongly suggest giving it a go without any additives. You would be robbing yourself of many of its nuances. There was some astringency but it never crossed the line into bitter or unpleasant.

Doke Black Fusion 2014 sample provided by Lochan Tea.