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.
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