TEA REVIEW: Lochan Tea – Doke Black Fusion (first flush 2015)

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Tea and origin: Handmade first flush black tea from Bihar, India
Harvest date: Spring 2015
Twitter:  @rajiv_lochan
Facebook: Lochan Tea
Link to Doke Black Fusion

I recently acquired a sample of Lochan Tea‘s Doke Black Fusion through a friend and was very keen to taste it as soon as possible.

For the moment I opened the sample pack, the aroma and appearance of the dry leaf gave off a very strong first impression: it has a bold, fruity and malty aroma, and the beautiful leaves will surely grab your attention. It is an intriguing tea, as the aroma and appearance do not strike me as your stereotypical Indian tea.

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: Full, twisted leaves that have a fruity, jammy aroma

Wet leaf: Jammy and malty

Liquor colour: Dark golden

Liquor aroma: Jammy and malty

Liquor flavour: The liquor is extremely complex. It is medium-bodied, smooth and                                         layered with jammy, sweet, malty and buttery flavours. The liquor has                                   a malty and molasses-like aftertaste

Infusion method: A glass or ceramic teapot                                                                                                                     4 to 5 grams of tea                                                                                                                                 250 ml of 90 to 95C water                                                                                                                   Infuse 1 to 3 minutes                                                                                                                             2 to 3 infusions

Comments/Conclusions

This tea was a real pleasure to try. The aroma and dry leaf intrigued me from the moment I opened the sample pack because it initially reminded me of a high-grown Taiwanese black tea. Whilst Taiwanese oolongs are some of my favourite teas, I am typically not drawn to Taiwanese black teas because they are too sweet and/or have an awful aftertaste. I hoped Doke Black Fusion would not replicate what I dislike in some Taiwanese black teas. It did not.

Although Doke Black Fusion is sweeter than most black teas I normally go for, it has buttery and malty elements that give it great complexity and balances out the sweetness of the tea. But more importantly, it has a pleasant, sweet aftertaste. The liquor does not leave your mouth dry and the aftertaste lingers. This tea is ideal for afternoons, but I would not recommend pairing it with food, as it will suffocate the complexity of the tea.

Retail price: 50 grams for $7 / 100 grams for $14 / 250 grams for $32

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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 teaxplorer@gmail.com 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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