Bihar Doke Black Fusion is a very high quality hand-made black tea that comes from the Doke Estate located in Kishanganj, Bihar State, India. Bihar State is a relatively new area to tea growing even though it is located next to some famous tea growing regions, just south of Nepal and west of northern West Bengal (Darjeeling) growing areas.
Doke Estate is family owned and managed. In their own words: “our mission at Doke Tea is to bring you teas that are unique in flavor and quality. Something that causes you to pause a moment to wonder and marvel at the delicious, comfortable experience it gives you. Our business philosophy at Doke is one that is first and foremost ecologically friendly to the air, the water, the soil, the animals, and most of all to the people who work and live on the land.”
This philosophy and their understanding of their tea results in some great teas produced at Doke Estate that are high quality, very unusual and full of wonderful flavours. Doke Estate teas are grown in an all-natural way to organic standards.
The very large curled black leaves of this Bihar Doke Black Fusion black tea look stunning and the aroma of the dry leaves is very appealing, a little malty and floral. When brewed this tea produces a dark amber liquor with a lovely rose aroma that is very smooth and a little buttery. The character of this tea is simply unique. It has a complex flavour with fruity notes balanced off a slightly malty molasses taste. There are also notes of raisins and spice that rounds the taste off.
This Bihar Doke Black Fusion black tea can be brewed two ways. The standard suggested way is to brew at 90°C for 2-3 minutes for a lighter and more balanced taste. If your preference is for a maltier and more robust taste, increase the water temperature to around 95°C and brew for the same amount of time. Either way this tea can be steeped up to three times, increasing the steeping time and water temperature with each subsequent steeping.