Reviews

Tealet Doke Rolling Thunder

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: mottled greens and browns with some silver tips
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: amber

Rolling Thunder from the Doke Tea Estate in Bihar, India has been on my wish list for a long time. When +Tealet had a sale around Christmas I could not resist ordering some. It is unusual both because it is an oolong and because of where it comes from. The taste was malty, floral and sweet with a mild fruity quality. I wouldn’t quite call it muscatel but was sort of grapey. There was just a touch of astringecy but I would definitely advise against using milk or sweeteners. It stood up to several gongfu style infusions but I think it would also work well prepared in a more western fashion. Darjeeling is usually my go to tea on a rainy day but that one could very easily serve as substitute. I reminded of a wonderfully entertaining blog post that my friend +Geoffrey Norman wrote that featured this tea, Blending Tea and Fiction.

Doke Rolling Thunder purchased from Tealet.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.