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No. 25

Doke Black Fusion - Rare Loose Leaf Tea

Indian Black Tea

Packed with malty character and a hint of molasses, this award-winning Indian tea from the sustainably run Doke Tea garden in Bihar is a refreshing all-day brew.

From: Kishanganj, Bihar, East India

LOOSE LEAF TEA
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Shipping policy

We aim to dispatch all orders within 1-2 days of receiving your request. However, this can vary during peak times and other conditions outside of our control. Therefore, the below estimates of shipping times have been provided by our couriers.

 

UK Deliveries

 

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Cost

Carrier

Transit time

Standard

£2.50, Free - over £25

Royal Mail

2-5 days, up to 14*, Not Tracked

Tracked

£5.95

DPD

1-2 days, up to 5*, Tracked

Next-Working-Day

£9.95

DPD

Orders placed before 2pm, 1-2** days, Tracked

Saturday

£13.95

DPD

Orders placed before 2pm, Saturday delivery, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

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Method

Cost

Carrier

Transit time

Standard

From £5.50

Royal Mail

3-7 days, up to 21*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

Economy

From £5.50

Royal Mail

3-7 days, up to 21*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

Tracked

From £15.95

Feedex

3-5 days, up to 8*, Tracked

*Most deliveries will be made within the usual time-frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

 

Rest of the World

 

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Cost

Carrier

Transit time

Standard

From £4.00

Royal Mail

8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

USA tracked

From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

International Buyers (Including EU) – Please Note:


Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be before buying.

The origins of our Doke Black Fusion tea


This handcrafted Northeast Indian black loose-leaf tea from the sustainably run Doke tea garden in Kishanganj, Bihar, offers a light amber-coloured cup with brisk, fresh notes and a tropical fruity sweet finish that can be enjoyed with or without milk.

Exceptionally well crafted, the single origin Doke Black Fusion has become much sought after for its pronounced character. The micro-batch single-origin tea made by tea master Rajiv Lochan's family from the TV22 cultivar of the Camellia Sinensis plant is famous for its tender first flush leaves, which are gently hand-rolled into distinctive, wiry, loose curls that yield a garden-fresh aroma and golden amber infusion. With its mild briskness, hints of fruity sweetness and subtle yet complex flavours, it's little wonder this robust brew has won a raft of awards.

You can almost taste the health benefits of this malty brew with its hints of molasses. Like all black teas, Doke Black Fusion comes packed with polyphenols, the plant compounds that have been linked to everything from lowering cholesterol and the risk of heart disease to helping improve gut health and blood pressure. And the feel-good factor you get from the caffeine is increased when you know that it's made to high ethical and environmentally friendly standards by the family-run Doke Tea.

Read more about this exceptional tea

This small independent tea garden is located near Kishanganj in the state of Bihar, northeast India. The plantation was founded in 1998 by Rajiv Lochan – a veteran tea planter and conservationist who, after managing several other plantations, decided it was time to set up one of his own. Lochan's vision for Doke Tea was to produce carefully handcrafted teas that are unique to the region without harming the surrounding ecosystem.

Despite being located just 200km from Darjeeling, Bihar isn't a traditional tea-producing region, but Lochan and his team soon built a reputation for outstanding artisanally produced teas. The tea garden, which sits at an altitude of 60m, is cut by the river Doke and has a terroir similar to that of the alluvial Assam. As well as giving the estate its name, the river helps irrigate the plantation, which has its own water management and solar power systems – all part of Doke's mission to minimise its carbon footprint and impact on both the landscape and the people who work within it.


If you loved this Indian black tea…


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Ingredients


Pure Indian black tea

Tasting notes


This tea offers a wet wood and molasses aroma and bright orange infusion. A delightfully fruity cup with notes of peach and apricot notes and lingering honey sweet mouthfeel.

Region


Darjeeling is the northernmost district in West Bengal, Eastern India. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, it is bordered by Nepal in the West, Sikkim state to the North, and Bangladesh on the South-eastern boundary. The eponymous city, 2,100m above sea level, is located on a long, narrow mountain ridge of the Lesser Himalayas.

Learn more about the Darjeeling Region of India

On a clear day, the city offers unparalleled views of Kanchenjunga (the world’s third highest mountain), and Mount Everest can also be seen from nearby Tiger Hill, which itself sits at 2,590m above sea level. The highest peaks in the district are part of the Singalila Ridge and reach 3,600m. Depending on the elevation, the climate is either Humid Subtropical (CFA) in the lower areas, or Subtropical Highland (Cwb) on the higher hills, with a Tundra climate (ET) on the higher mountains, and numerous microclimates along the steep relief.

The city itself enjoys a mild and temperate climate (Cwb), with average lows of 10°C in the winter, and average highs of 21°C in the summer. The summers are wet and overcast with high precipitation from May until September; and the winters are mild and clear. Winds are generally low throughout the year. The land between 1,000m and 2,000m is mostly used for cultivation: principally tea, but also rice, corn, wheat and cardamom. The slopes above 2,000m are covered in forests, with a mixture of semi-evergreen, temperate and alpine trees. The forest around the city of Darjeeling is home to rare, protected orchids.

The reserve forests are also home to small Indian civets, mongooses, badgers, as well as a conservation centre for the elusive and endangered red pandas. Teas from such altitudes are considered high-grown. Considering that Darjeeling is only 280 miles from Assam, it is remarkable that the two regions produce vastly different teas.

As well as climatic and topographic differences, soil quality varies. Whilst Assam is considered very fertile, Darjeeling soil is loose and poorly consolidated, with risks of landslides. But the steep slopes ensure efficient drainage, and the misty, wet summers with limited direct sunlight are ideal for the cultivation of the Camellia sinensis sinensis. The mild, dry winters also encourage a period of dormancy, so the new Spring leaves can burst with flavours (First Flush harvest).

How to brew

2g - 3g

2g - 3g

90°C

90°C

200ml

200ml

4 - 5mins

4 - 5mins