Doke Rolling Thunder

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Oolong Tea
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Nuts, Nutty, Peanut, Roasted, Apricot, Burnt Sugar, Dark Wood, Maple Syrup, Autumn Leaf Pile, Dried Fruit, Molasses, Oats, Roasted nuts, Floral, Malt, Tobacco, Walnut
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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 45 sec 5 g 7 oz / 209 ml

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Our Doke Rolling Thunder originates from the organic Doke Tea Estate in Bihar, Northern India. This AA graded oolong is hand-picked and utilizes the Chinese varietal. The Doke Tea Estate uses profits from the sale of all Doke teas for the betterment of the tea garden workers, children, and families. A high percentage of silver tips can be found in this tea. Rich apricot and sweet almond notes are prominent, while tobacco and jasmine notes are somewhat lighter. This tea is sweet and creamy with a heavy mouth feel and a touch of malt.

Ingredients: Indian Oolong Tea

Recommended Brew Time: 4 minutes
Recommended Amount: 2 teaspoons of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 170 F

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20 Tasting Notes

8155 tasting notes

eesh first tasting note lol I hate that haha. Brewed this one up alongside pumpkin milkshake. I am not generally a fan of oolongs, so i only ordered a small quantity of this one to try it out. I have a mini mission to try all of stacy’s teas and so far, i’m doing pretty well haha. I don’t love this as much as i ended up liking the sparrow oolong i picked up from her but this is pretty tasty. It’s on the lighter side of things, with a sweetness that comes through while you drink it. mmm quite liking this one! thanks stacy!

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1779 tasting notes

This is good! I nearly thought it was a white tea due to the light flavour and the low steep temp, but… oolong it is!

It’s a very nice one too. I’m on my second steep. I like it but not for all the time. I’m not very good at describing this – it’s so mild, but sweet and fruity. I smell apricot.

170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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319 tasting notes

This reminded me a lot of Butiki’s Purple Sunset, but less sour. It also has some similarities to certain Chinese black teas, with cocoa notes and hints of dried apricot. It’ was very slightly astringent and medium dark. There were even some spice notes that made me think, oddly enough, of Constant Comment. It didn’t have so much of that distinct oolong taste—if I hadn’t known it was an oolong, I’d probably have guessed it was black. Since oolongs aren’t generally my favorites, this was no bad thing in my book.

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726 tasting notes

So the description of this tea on Steepster has made me kinda confused-it’s a really broad range of flavors.xD But I wanted to try it, I believe it was The Cookie Lady that sent me it. If I’m wrong someone let me know! But whoever it was thank you!
So happy to try another one of Butiki’s teas again! Especially since they are gone. It’s like the last chance to try an extinct tea, ya know? Well probably gonna be extinct soon at least I mean. xD
Anyway, this was an interesting oolong. Didn’t know what I excepted going in. The dry leaf and even steeping aroma wasn’t very strong. And when I began to drink it, it wasn’t very bold in flavor either. At first I thought I tasted that roasted flavor I hate in oolongs, but then this nutty flavor took over that really changed by mind about this one. I was all ready to be done with it but it turned out to be a pleasant tea to drink. Not something I’d buy, but it was great to try! I’d definitely drink it again.

Flavors: Nuts, Nutty, Peanut, Roasted

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453 tasting notes

Wow! This is fantastic! Thank you Marzipan for supplying me with this treat.

I love oolongs. I I love the sheer variety of this type of tea. This one reminds me of Blue Mountain Twirl by Davids Tea but waaaayy better! I opened the small package and took a peek at my new present. The leaves were small black, gold, and purple tendrils of roots. They varied in length and size but were beautiful. They had a distinct apricot and honey scent. I knew that it was going to be amazing! I brewed these dark tentacles in my glass gaiwan. I rinsed them once to release their essence. The aroma was sheer joy! It has a rough smoky scent, like that of black maple syrup and burnt sugar. This dark mist is then under-toned with a sweet floral quality. The initial sip was heaven! It carries a smooth mouth-feel that fully engulfed my taste buds. I could taste maple wood, tobacco, buckwheat honey, and apricot. This was an amazing tea. It has a lot of depth and complex flavors. This had the consistent sweet dark honey falvor as Blue Mountain Twirl only more intensified and these flavors lasted multiple steeps. I was able to pull seven good heavy steeps from my gaiwan. The flavors moved in a curve. They began hearty and bold and smoothed out to a neutral base only to rise up with a sweet tone.

This is a wonderful brew, and I’m sorry to hear the company has closed down. I love that , through the connections with other tea enthusiasts, I am still able to enjoy a companies product even long after they have disappeared. It just goes to show a company can live on with the right products :)

P.S. This makes Tasting note 100! I have finally reached the triple digits. Next stop. Quad digits!

Flavors: Apricot, Burnt Sugar, Dark Wood, Maple Syrup

180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

Congrats on 100!!!


Congrats on 100!

Do you mean Blue Mountain Twirl (it came out at the same time as Yellow Gem). It’s one of my all time fave teas and your comparison makes me want to try this one, and sad that it’s discontinued.


Congrats on the 100!! :D :D :D


woot! congrats on reaching 100!


Thank you! Anilina that is actually what I meant. I haven’t had it for awhile, so I must have mixed up the name in my mind xD


I’m going to have to send you some, this was fantastic!


congrats on 100 :))))


That would be so lovely :)

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635 tasting notes

Stacy sent this to me as a sample, so it must be at least 6 months old. It’s still really good; it must have been fantastic fresh. The dry leaves are dark, long and tight, almost twig-looking. As they unfurl over multiple steeps, the leaves show themselves to be full, dark, and medium-sized. This tastes and smells almost like a black tea. The robust flavor is full of roasted, almost cocoa notes. There is a slightly drying but not unpleasant afterfeel.

After looking at the description, I think I can detect the almond, jasmine, and malt notes, but that might be imaginary. The fourth steep suddenly comes out blazing with glorious honey notes – now I know why the later steeps of the maple pecan oolong are the best! It’s the base tea shining through and complementing what’s left of the flavoring. The fifth steep is even sweeter. The sixth steep is light and sweet. A lot of that roasted, dry aspect is gone. I ultimately got eight solid steeps out of this tea Western-style. Steeps 1-6 were at about 180F, steeps 7 and 8 were about 190F. The first steep was 4 minutes long. I didn’t time subsequent steeps but they were generally between 4 and 8 minutes long. I suspect the leaf would have lasted even longer brewed gong fu style.


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123 tasting notes

I tried this for the first time today (the 2013 harvest, I believe) brewed western style according to the instructions on the bag. (The temperature might have been a little off – I was using a new variable temperature kettle and didn’t bother to check it against my trusty candy thermometer.) It was an interesting tea that seemed more similar to a second flush darjeeling than any oolong I can remember drinking. Nice enough, with a woody, spicy, slightly apricotty flavor, but I wasn’t completely taken by it.

Then I go to its Steepster page to write a review, and I see Red Fennekin’s tasting note from earlier today saying how much better it is when brewed gongfu. I shall reserve judgement until I try that myself :)

Flavors: Apricot, Autumn Leaf Pile

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Red Fennekin

Your experiences definitely echo mine – when brewed Western it’s nice, but it doesn’t seem special or like an oolong. Brewed GF, it actually has some lovely, floral qualities like a green oolong, with hi ta of that malty spice that roasted oolongs have :D It still does have hints of Indian black teas, but it’s much more oolong like!

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107 tasting notes

Though I’ve drank this tea a number of times, now, I’ve held off reviewing it as I’ve not been sure if I’ve really tried it at its best. I don’t have a huge amount of my bag left, though, so I feel it’s a fair time to weigh in.

I tried it Western a couple of times (especially as the first time I tried it I’d forgotten it was an oolong so went to Western by default) and a couple of times using my Gaiwan. I think, as ever with oolongs, I preferred it the latter one – the flavours were much more nuanced and it actually tasted like an oolong, rather than an unusual black tea.

The first infusion I allowed to infuse for quite a while – it looked so pale after 10 seconds that I didn’t think it was worth it. After around 30", it looked good so I poured off and gave it a try – it was definitely a good idea! This tea was lovely and smooth, with a really nice sweetness (the sweetness that I find characteristic of oolongs). It was kinda floral, but also had that “kick” and savouriness of a black tea. Subsequent steeps were really tasty, too – I deffo oversteeped the second one (much hotter water and far too long steeping time), but the third was great, with a more bread-or-pastry flavour than in the first infusion.

I’m gonna keep drinking this, through the afternoon, but I think I’ve finally “got it right” re: brewing this oolong. Good times :D


I liked how this tea took some thought when it came to preparing it… it made me focus on what I was doing and really take the time to get to know this tea. :)

Red Fennekin

Yeah, exactly! :-)

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2238 tasting notes

This is the last free sample from my last order! I’m slowly sipping down Butiki teas (NOOOO!!), but I’m planning an order soon. Still wondering what I’m going to do without my favorite tea company! With this tea, I’m wondering how Butiki finds so many unique teas. This is an Indian oolong with long wiry green leaves. The flavor seems most to me like a very smooth green tea, no astringency at all, even with such a long steep time. The flavor is mostly creamed corn with a hint of fruit, very sweet. It really doesn’t seem like an oolong to me, neither the green bundles or Formosa or the roasted oolongs. The second steep has even more flavor, it kind of loses any similarity to green tea and becomes completely its own flavor. Even smoother, even fruitier, though it’s tough to tell which – pineapple or peach and so so sweet. A fantastic tea, but I think I prefer either having a good green tea OR a traditional oolong when I want them, rather than both.
Steep #1 // 35 min after boiling // 4 min
Steep #2 // 30 min after boiling // 4 min

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1723 tasting notes

The second of the Doke teas I brought to work this week. For some reason best known only to me, I tend not to drink oolongs at home. I guess because in the morning I drink black tea, and then in the evening I’m usually looking for a herbal or rooibos blend before bed. I’m at work the rest of the time, or at home and completely exhausted.

So anyway. I’ve been meaning to try this one, and work seemed to be the best place to achieve that. I followed the recommended parameters, and gave 2 tsp of leaf 4 minutes in water cooled to about 170. The liquor is golden yellow, and has very little aroma.

It’s similarly light in flavour. The first sip seemed very delicate to my tastes, and I couldn’t actually detect that much other than a vague sweetness. Successive sips bring out a gentle apricot note, maybe a tiny touch of raisin. Burnt sugar very slightly. On the whole, though, I’m surprised by how mild this one actually is. It reminds me more of a white tea than an oolong. It’s very smooth, though, with no bitterness or astringency, so I might try slightly hotter water or a slightly longer brew time to try and coax a little more strength into my next cup.

170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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