Darjeeling Rohini Green tea was featured in our October 2015 boxes. This is a rather rare green Darjeeling from the Rohini Tea Estate. Rohini Tea Estate is located along the route that connects the towns of Siliguri and Kurseong. Surrounded by beautiful natural environment this estate produces tea from relatively young trees. The estate has had a chequered past, not actually producing any tea for a long period of time. Recently it has been replanted with young tea trees, which sometimes has lead it to be called the youngest tea estate in Darjeeling. It is now going from strength to strength and is producing more and more interesting and quality teas. This green tea is a great example of what these new tea trees are capable of.
Of course Darjeeling is mostly known for the light floral black teas that are so popular around the world for their complex and appealing characters. However there is also movement towards producing more curious and unusual teas that are not as typical of Darjeeling. The growing and production processes may be similar to other teas produced in other parts of the world but the unique terroir of Darjeeling stamps a distinctive mark on these interesting teas.
The fine green and silver leaves of this Darjeeling Rohini Green tea have a wiry appearance. The liquor produced is pleasantly fragrant and not too grassy unlike some other Darjeeling greens. There is still some grass present in the flavour of this tea and this is combined with a character that is slightly nutty, floral and a little sweet. This tea is very well balanced if brewed with care – soft while being quite full in flavour at the same time. Interestingly, there is a (somewhat unusual for a green tea) chalky note, which confidently points to the Darjeeling origin of this unusual tea and draws parallels with other teas to comes out of this distinctive terroir.
This tea is best brewed at 80°C for 2-3 minutes and can be brewed multiple times. When experimenting with repeated steepings, you can gradually increase the water temperate and steep time to extract fuller flavour.