REVIEW: Teabox – 2014 Himalayan Red Thunder (Autumn) Darjeeling Oolong Tea


Tea and origin: Oolong tea from Darjeeling
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This is the first time I’ve had the pleasure to review a tea from Teabox. Based in India, Teabox is an online tea shop that has partnered up with estates in Darjeeling, Assam and Nilgiri to ship high-quality and fresh teas to customers. Teabox carries an impressive selection of single estate black, green, oolong and white teas, as well as chai and blends. Today I’m reviewing one of their oolong teas. Read on to see what I think of their Himalayan Red Thunder.

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of full, twisted leaves that range in colour from golden tips to dark brown to black. It has a woody, sweet aroma

Infused tea: The tea cups out a golden liquor if infused for a shorter time, or a copper-coloured liquor if steeped longer. There is also a slight red tinge to the cup colour when infused longer. The infused leaves have a floral and grape-like aroma, and the flavour of the tea has floral and sweet (grape- and honey-like) notes. It has a sweet, silky finish and a long-lasting aftertaste

Infusion tips: For this tea, I used three grams of tea with 150ml of 95C water. I used the following infusion times: two minutes, two and half minutes and three minutes. Try infusing this tea two to four times

Conclusions: This tea has a wonderful complexity to it. While it has many characteristics that remind me of a second flush Darjeeling tea, its oolong processing gives it an additional layer of complexity. Himalayan Red Thunder not only has classic second flush Darjeeling characteristics like floral and muscatel aroma and flavour, but it also has a honey-like sweetness and a softer finish that I associate with darker oolongs. It is a wonderful medium-bodied tea that is ideal for afternoons

Retail price: 10 grams for £1.91 / 100 grams for £18.94 / 300 grams for £53.99


About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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1 Response to REVIEW: Teabox – 2014 Himalayan Red Thunder (Autumn) Darjeeling Oolong Tea

  1. Pingback: REVIEW: Teabox – 2014 Sungma Muscatel Organic (Summer) Darjeeling Black | teaxplorer

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