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 health and environment-friendly 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 Silver Needle White Tea
Doke Silver Needle White Tea is the proverbial point of culmination of a new quality consciousness in the Indian tea sector. In a country that until recently has been regarded as a synonym for black tea, it stands for a new spirit of diversification. In terms of picking and processing excellence, Doke Silver Needle White Tea easily lives up to the finest of its siblings in China. At this, it combines the elegance of a Fuding Silver Needle withe the immanent power of a White Moonlight Buds Tea from Yunnan.
Just like the white teas from Yunnan’s ancient tea trees, Doke Silver Needle presents itself with body that is quite pronounced for a white buds tea. Nevertheless, the complex combination of nutty notes comes around with the unobtrusiveness and subtlety that is typical for white silver needle teas. This applies in particular for infusions up to 2 minutes. With longer infusions of 3-5 minutes, on the other hand, also friends of a more full-bodied taste will get their money’s worth.
Pour 250 ml water of a temperature of 90°C (boiling hot) over 4 grams of Doke Silver Needle White Tea. Let infuse for up to 2 minutes for a mild, elegant and luxurious tasting tea. Beyond 2 minutes, the taste body steps further into the foreground. Just like any of the Doke teas, Doke Silver Needle White Tea has powerful invigorating effects. A first infusion of of 2 minutes might be followed by at least 2 more infusions. For a second infusion, 1-2 minutes will do, while a third infusion might steep for a bit longer then.
You will find 2 more teas of our Doke line at the following links: