2nd Flush Rohini Black Tea

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Rohini Second Flush Black Tea delightfully smooth full bodied mouth feel. Cocoa notes with highlights of almond and spice delivered in a baked bread. Warm and inviting gliding over the palate pleasing your every whim. As with all of the high quality Darjeeling teas this tea remain inviting for several steeps.

Rohini is a well established Tea estate, though the estate did remain closed for a period of 30 years the Saria family revived it in 1994. The garden is divided into four; the lower Jaberhat, mid elevation of Kotidhara and Pailodhora, and Tukuriya which is the highest in elevation. Tukuriya division which is located at an average elevation of 4400 FT and stretches right up to Kurseong town. The teas from Tukuriya are made from tea bushes that have remained there for more than 100 years.

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Thank you Janet for this sample tea!

I had this for my morning tea, propped my feet up next to my tea tray with my Kindle Fire so that I could check Steepster, make notes and sip. Ahhhhh!

Can I get an AMEN to lazy Winter mornings!!!

My tray was fitted with everything that I could think of to taste this tea with. Half & Half, sweetener, Almond Vanilla Milk and Clover Honey.

First, as I ALWAYS DO, I drink my tea without anything in it…NAKED (the tea)!
This was a good naked tea! It’s mild enough with a light raisin or current flavor.

I added Sweetener and it brought out a grape-raisin taste. Next, I added Half & Half which still was kind of grapy.

I was looking for a raisin bread flavor…HUM? How could I make that happen?

The next cup was Honey and Almond Vanilla Milk.
YIKES! No…no…no…not ok! (This did not taste good. Yucky. Not for me…no!) The honey with the grape tasted sour. Blech!

Backing away from that cup of tea slowly…

I tried Sugar, Almond Vanilla Milk in the tea…AND IT WASGOOD! (Hooray!)
There was the bakey raisen bread flavor that I had wanted.

Sometimes, I don’t taste the grape in Darjeelings but here, in this tea, I did.

A good rule is to never be afraid to play around with black tea’s especially. Try different milks and sweeten them or not as you wish. Prepare the tea in a pot and try using a gaiwan now and then. It’s surprising how different methods will change your experience.

The one thing that I never do is use strong honey (like wildflower) unless the tea is chai or ginger with lots of spice. Strong honey overpowers the taste of tea. (This isn’t just my opinion)

Set your clocks tonight!


You make me miss almond milk! Haven’t bought it in so long. And I agree, honey tends to steal the spotlight from many teas.


Clover honey is pretty mild. You can’t add it to everything though. Like domino’s…one flavor will enhance or set off an aspect of flavor in another, sweet, bitter, salty or savory.


It is milder than others, yeah. I seem to be more sensitive than others when it comes to hot tea + honey, though.


I reserve it for chai mostly,but I was experimenting this morning.


I love almond milk, but sometimes it really kills a tea. Worse than honey, I think, for overpowering flavour :(


True. I was experimenting. My regular is half&half (a little) or good old can milk (too hard to keep milk around for one person) and I pour it into a glass jar with a lid (hate the can). I use splenda because sugar with all the tea I drink would be terrible! (Mostly I drink tea straight though, or naked).


I use regular sugar on occasion, mostly with my Indian black teas or sometimes genmaicha. Honey with my Darjeeling! and chai.


Here it is Bonnie, triple, no, quadruple AMEN for lazy winter mornings!


Oh my Darjeeling, Oh my Darjeeling, Oh my Darjeeling Clementine…thou art lost and gone (almost) forever, dreadfull sorry Clementine (TheTeaFairy is Clementine)


Yay! Thank you Bonnie, love to be your Clementine :) How did “darling” become “darjeeling”? Oh, yes, we are crazy tea addicts, almost forgot about that!

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Full review tomorrow (April 3) on http://sororiteasisters.com/ but here are snippets:

Upon first sip you will get a sweet raisin note, a light grape essence, not nearly as muscatel as some Darjeeling, and you may even think that it is a rather light, bright, tea with a clean finish. But wait… sneaking upon your unsuspecting taste buds is a rich, full mouthfeel, almost creamy, velvety, with a nutty, woodsy, backdrop of flavor.

I could see this tea being quite excellent iced, but it requires no additives and I feel adding any thing, even sweetener, would ruin this perfect cup.

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This is another from TastyBrew from a while back! thanks so much! I’ve loved the three blends I’ve tried Steap Shoppe, but this one isn’t to my tastes. It’s a Darjeeling so maybe I’m picky with those. I waited 20 minutes and steeped for 2-3 minutes. The flavor is very mild.. not much of note. One sip had a hint of plum. But maybe my palatte isn’t tuned to this one. The second steep reminded me of the black tea base that 52Teas sometimes uses that I don’t really like. Ah well. Maybe the scrumptious sounding description ruined my expectations? Every single other tea that TastyBrew sent me are some pretty amazing blends anyway!
Steep #1 // 20 minutes after boiling // 2-3 mins
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 min (just a half mug of water)

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