Doke Black Fusion First Flush 2017
Here, we offer you this extraordinary black tea from Doke Tea Garden’s first spring picking (“first flush”) in the first days of March 2017. Too early? Not for Doke! The tea garden, situated at low altitude in the Indian province of Bihar, regularly comes up with their first – and often best! – flushes around this time! And especially in this year, Doke Black Fusion First Flush is a first choice for aficionados of black teas from the popular early picking season. This is because many Darjeeling tea gardens have suffered from particularly intense heat and enduring drought in this year. Not so Doke! The tea garden is flown through by a perennial stream (“Doke River”), ensuring sufficient water for the tea plants throughout the year. At the same time, the tea garden’s abundant shade-giving trees soothe the heat and protect the plants from too high exposure to sunlight.
For quite some tea lover, the traditional “black” processing of this first flush might also add weight to the positive side of the scale. In recent years, tendentiously “green” processed first flushes have quite established as a trend. As a consequence, classically processed black teas from the early picking season have become rather rare. While the former promote themselves with floral and fruity spring flavors, the traditional processing combines the special character of the early picking with the most appreciable benefits of a black tea.
Doke Black Fusion Summer Picking vs. Doke Black Fusion First Flush
Hence, there might not be worlds, between our Doke Black Fusion of the summer picking and the Doke Black Fusion First Flush 2017 offered here.. Nevertheless, fans of Doke Tea Garden – whose number is permanently on the rise – will certainly not want to miss this year’s Black Fusion First Flush in their tea shelve. It’s a little milder than his summer brother, cutting a bit on the sharp edge of spicy notes. In turn, it pleases with an even broader spectrum of malty notes. And beyond this remains…. absolutely Doke Black Fusion.
The Indian First Flush Season
Even though we might know the term “First Flush” only from India, this doesn’t mean there weren’t any “first flushes” – first spring pickings – anywhere else. Much rather, the first pickings after the winter break enjoys specialty status, wherever tea is grown. Themain reason for this is the particular, taste-relevant pattern of active substances in the tea leaf after the “winter break”. In fact, picking is put on hold during the cold season for several months in all major tea cultivation countries. But it is not only the picking break that brings the tea plants relief. What adds, is that the cool climate – especially in combination with hig humidity and/or fog – soothes the plants and promotes the accumulation of active substances. In spring then, with rising temperatures and days getting longer, the plant drives these active substances into the young leaves and buds. And this is something… you can taste!
Tea from India at Siam Tea Shop
The sustainable trend to more quality with tea on the western market increasingly bears sweet fruit in India, too. Year after year, the mayor tea estates in Darjeeling and Assam compete for the market’s recognition for each season’s best “First Flush“, “Second Flush” or “Autumnal”. However, not only quality comes from India at new levels today, but also completely new diversity of India’s tea portfolio. Black tea, for example, the classic of Indian teas, suddenly comes around in the most diverse appearances. The spectrum reaches from the modern, flowery, spring-hearted first flush to full-bodied, dark roasted second flushes to earthy and malty “autumnals”. One example for a black tea perfectly representing India’s newly defined quality approach is our Doke Black Fusion black tea.
Beyond that, India today is more than ever recollecting the widely unexhausted actual potential of the country’s native Assam varieties. Among the results of such efforts count teas such as our Doke Silver Needle White Tea, which certainly doesn’t have to shy the comparison with its Chinese role models. And also the “Rolling Thunder” Oolong in our small line made up of the three finest teas from Doke tea garden in Bihar convinces at full scale, adding a new star to the Oolong sky.
A Bond of Trust
For us, Doke was the logical first choice approach for our first footstep on Indian tea terrain for several reasons. For once, it’s the bond of trust that has formed during years of cooperation and interaction with Doke founder Rajiv Lochan. While trust is certainly one of the – if not the – most invaluable asset to a tea trade relationship, there’s more to Doke. Being looked after by Rajiv’s son and daughter, Vivek and Neha Lochan, the project couldn’t be a better match of our idea of a genuine family operation. Plus, we share with the Lochans a passion for the organic farming of quality tea in biodiverse settings.
The Doke Philosophy
One of the last travelers on the Ancient Tea-Horse Road in his younger days, Rajiv Lochan today is one of the world of tea’s most merited cavaliers. The past 5 decades of tea history, he has basically co-penned. After his successful rise to become one of the most colorful characters in the Indian tea industry, with Doke Rajiv finally incarnated his personal vision of a perfect tea garden. The ideal fostered at Doke is that of a shared appreciation for both the tea one produces and the environment, where it is produced. Other cornerstones of the Doke philosophy are ethical integrity, social responsibility and the transparence of all processes involved in the operation of a tea plantation.
Focus on Quality
Not only the environment benefits from the generously dispersed tree cover of Doke tea plantation, but also the tea itself. And therewith us, who will drink it. The natural shading drives additional sweetness into the tea leaves. In addition, biodiverse vegetation means multiple input for the soil. And yet another feature of quality-driven tea production: Doke teas are processed with all the attention and care owed to the whole tea leaf. This is something you can see, and it is something you can taste.
Doke Black Fusion Black Tea
Once you try this tea for the first time, you’ll instantly notice that Doke Black Fusion is some special in about every respect. A “Fusion” in the truest sense of the word. A fusion of the wisdom of China, the experience of Darjeeling, and the power of the Assam tea tree. Together, these factors combine to an all new black tea with an identity of its very own. Full-bodied taste, with well-balanced roast notes and a fine malty complex sweetness. Mild, but still highly present with shorter infusion periods, strong and lastingly invigorating from 2 minutes and beyond. A very good friend and companion during long overhours and lonely night shifts.
Pour 250 ml water of a temperature of 90+°C (boiling hot) over 4 grams of Doke Black Fusion Black tea. Let infuse for 1-2 minutes of a mild, but rich infusion. Beyond 2 minutes, the tea gains serious strength and with its wealth of sweet and malty roast notes tastewise once again pulls out all new stops. The potential of Doke Black Fusion tea leaves is accordingly… A single load of Doke Black Fusion makes you and your teapot happy not just once, but will easily live up to producing a second or even third infusion.
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