Dooars Autumn Black Tea

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Presenting our first tea from Dooars Region, the Dooars Autumn Black Tea!

Crafted on the banks of Teesta river, this tea is completely handcrafted preserving the rich juices the plant has to offer. The tea is handrolled making sure the two leaves and the bud stay intact, making it great for Gong Fu style brewing. However, hailing from India, we still prefer brewing this orthodox black tea western style in a teapot, known as ketlee/केतली in Hindi, to extract the whole symphony of flavours into the brew. The estate is right next to the Teesta river at an altitude of 600 feet above sea level.

It will not be an overstatement to say that this is the best tasting and most complex black tea we have tried this year! The dry leaf has a creamy and floral aroma resembling french mariegold, musky and alluring. When placed on the heated ware the creamy aroma blasts off with notes of rose leaf and musk. The liquor also has intense aromatics resembling the dry leaf with an intense honey note. The sip starts creamy with notes of roasted nuts. On the flowery front, the mariegold takes forefront along with a honeysuckle nectar like sweetness. As you finish through the cup and the liquor cools down, you notice some more interesting details about the tea, which is the presence of betel leaf and rose notes. The honey and honeysuckle nectar like sweetness is ever present on the finish and there is a prominent note of dried figs to be experienced. The liquor texture is medium thick with a long lasting aftertaste reminding you of the beatiful experience you just had!

We hope you experience this masterfully crafted tea to the fullest and let us know how you feel about its enriching taste!

Appearance : Amber

Taste : Roasted nuts, marzipan, rose leaf, honeysuckle, french marigold, betel leaf, honey

Steeping Time : 4 minutes western style, 30 seconds gongfu style adding 10 seconds every subsequent steep

Recommended Steeping Temperature : 85-90°C

Recommended Steeping Method : Works good both ways, gongfu and western style

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Dipping into my sample of this Indian black tea for a lazy Saturday morning tea session while I read up on some Feywild lore. The dominant notes in this session are warm, lightly toasted fresh baked brown bread and a thick golden syrup sweetness that lingers on the palate and compliments the malty and faintly citrus tasting undertones. It steeped out quite quickly, but was very cozy and comforting right up to the last steep!

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