Black Fusion Doke Estate Tea Description:
An exceptional black tea from the Doke Estate in Bihar, India. This tea is unique in that it carries qualities of both assam and darjeeling teas grown at a low elevation on flat land. The flavor is fruity with a clean finish expected of assam. This tea comes from a family owned tea estate specializing in producing only hand made teas. Unlike many others from the region this estate is not located at higher elevations. Instead it sits alongside the Doke river, formally a monsoon fed river, now providing water year round as a byproduct of a nearby hydro-electric dam.
Steep 3-4 grams slightly cooler than a typical black tea at about 195°F for a more complex buttery flavor profile or hotter with 205°F for a slightly bolder and more malty taste.
Indian Black Tea
No Longer Available:
This tea is no longer available but you might try Nilgiri which is similar.
Doke Estate Black Fusion Significance
Located in the Indian state of Bihar, Doke Estate produces hand made specialty orthodox teas on a family owned estate. Located to the west of both Darjeeling and Assam, this estate is owned by the Lochan family, a well known and respected family in the Indian tea industry. One of several tea estates managed by the family, Doke is in a region of India with high unemployment on land previously deemed useless for agricultural purposes. Thankfully the Lochan family realized the potential and has built success and created jobs for those in the region.
- Step 1:
- Preheat mug with boiling water, discard and refill. Allow to cool for one to two minutes.
- Step 2:
- Steep 1 tsp or 3-4 grams of tea per 8 oz water.
- Step 3:
- Steep for 2-3 minutes as desired. Experiment with cooler water or shorter steeping times. Try 2-3 steepings.