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.
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