On July 30th of 2013, I tasted a sample of the Doke Rolling Thunder Oolong Tea. This sample was provided by Tealet Teas. To learn more about Tealet Teas, please visit their website by clicking here.
Tealet has built personal relationships with tea farmers from multiple countries, including Japan, China, Nepal, Taiwan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Korea, as well as the United States, and continues to search the planet for high quality farms to work with. Tealet provides a direct connection between tea buyers and the tea farmers, allowing tea buyers to purchase high quality teas, as well as giving the tea farmers an international platform from which they can sell their teas. Rather than simply seeing a certification stamp for organic teas or fair trade practices and deciding to do business based on those certifications alone, Tealet is committed to farms that demonstrate exceptional transparency in their farming and production practices. Certifications can be expensive, and many small artisan tea farmers are not able to afford them. Therefore, even if they do practice organic farming and fair trade ethics, which many of them do, they may not have the “credentials” to display. However, their teas are often times a very high quality and unique product. Thankfully, companies like Tealet are aware of the reality of the organic and fair trade certification programs, and have decided to do their own homework on tea farms. Thus, they have sources that provide teas that are not like what the other companies often offer.
Tea Review and Analysis Form
Date: 07/30/2013Product Name: Doke Rolling Thunder Oolong TeaPurchased From: Tealet Teas
Type of Tea: India Oolong
Origin of Tea: Doke Organic Farm in Pothia, Kishanganj, India
Tea Leaf Characteristics Prior to Infusion:
Dryness: Quite dry. Leaves crack and coarsely crumble.
Color(s): Light green, dark green, brown, some silver tips.
Texture: Smooth, twisted leaves, no rigidness
Sizes and Shapes: Some whole leaves, some buds, some curling. Most leaves range in length from 1/2 inch to 1 inch (1.25 cm to 2.54 cm).
Unique Characteristics: Some leaves have a silver line that run the length of the leaf. Quite a few silver tips present.
Amount of Tea: 3 grams
Tea Liquor Evaluation
Steep Time: 2 Minutes and 0 SecondsAroma: Rich malty aroma, sweet, perhaps a very light floral hint.
Color: Golden Amber, transparent.
Taste: Rich maltiness, jasmine floral notes, smooth mouth feel, medium bodied, no bitterness.
Comments: The rich malty flavor of this oolong was unexpected given the fresh appearance of the dry leaves. The taste is unique, in a very positive way. The second infusion may have a slightly better balance of malty and floral tastes.
Aroma: Malty, sweet, floral hint a bit more noticeable. Malty sweetness is slightly lighter in strength.Color: Slightly lighter golden amber, transparent, clean.Taste: Lighter malty sweetness, jasmine floral notes are more prevalent, smooth mouth feel, lighter body.
Steep Time: 2 Minutes and 15 SecondsAroma: Overall lighter malty aroma. Floral and vegetal hints.
Color: Lighter golden amber, transparent, clean.
Taste: Light malty sweetness, floral notes lighter but still noticeable, light vegetal notes, very light fruitiness.
Tea Leaf Characteristics After Infusions:
Color(s): Half fresh green, the rest light brown to brown.Sizes and Shapes: Some buds, a few whole leafs. Mostly broken leaf fragments. Some stems.