by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author)
Your buddy and ever faithful to true tea teapot here! TOOOOT! Time for the next chapter in the ongoing saga of Doke tea garden, having recently supervised the infusing of the two latest samples: First Flush 2015 and Second Flush 2015 of their black tea.
Awhile back we posted here about the garden in India. A particular style of tea they process from those Camellia sinensis leaves is a black tea. The flavor profile seems to fuse a number of elements of better known teas, including some fruity Darjeeling-like tang.
We always start by smelling the aroma of the leaves in each pouch. They were very similar with a nice richness that was reminiscent of apricot or raisin with a slight nutty touch in the Second Flush version. Li’l Steeping Cup, a proud member of the Tea Gang for some time now, did the infusing. I have taught him well but still wanted to be on hand for this important event. The results were very telling – little improvement.
A smooth, but fairly nondescript tea. No milk or sweetener needed. A deep amber color and mild aroma. A little nutty and tangy quality in the Second Flush.
Disclaimer: all items were furnished by the vendor but all opinions expressed here are totally unbiased.
© 2015 A.C. Cargill photos and text