Oaks Special Spring Chinary Black Tea

description

This season’s black tea from Oaks estate is a well-crafted Darjeeling. It has a lovely citrusy floral quality that is trademark of the best Darjeeling spring teas. What it also packs in is full, hearty, very aromatic, and well-balanced flavors, something that devotees of these spring teas will greatly appreciate.

the experience

liquor

aroma

Lifted note of white flowers, green undertones, and a hint of toasted almond at the back.

appearance

Light gold

taste

The liquor is impressively full-bodied, smooth and slightly brisk in taste. A bright note of citrus blossom dominates the cup, rounded out by notes of dried fig and tree fruits which are more apparent in the finish. There is a gentle briskness in the liquor which comes from the generous amount of tips in the dry leaves, lending balance to the floral aromatics in the cup.

COMPLEMENTS

Lightly seasoned salads and grilled vegetables.

dry leaf

aroma

Toasty with notes of fern, golden raisin, sweet spice, and mild heat of chili at the back.

appearance

Medium-sized, blackish-green leaves with a scattering of loosely-rolled bright green leaves and buds.

infusion

aroma

Perfumy notes, resembling gardenia and citrus blossom.

appearance

Bright olive green leaves with coppery hues.

steeping notes

cold filtered O2 Rich Water

Temperature

Tea Leaves

Time

hot

180 fl oz

85-90 oF

2.0 tsp / 2.5 g

4 mins

Recommended number of steeps - one

condiments

Drink Plain

Lemon

Sugar

PICKING DATE
Mar 23, 2016
TIME OF DAY
Anytime
CAFFEINE
Medium
BEST CONSUMED
Hot
SEASON
First
SPECIALTY
Chinary
SKU FFOKCHB | GRADE FTGFOP1 | INVOICE DJ-2
CERTIFICATIONS


3 Reviews

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Likes

  • Great Aroma 3
  • High Quality 3
  • Freshness 3
  • Smooth Body 2
  • Unique Flavor Profile 2

Dislikes

  • Bitter if Over-Steeped 2
  • No Flavor 0
  • Strong 0
  • Weak 0

Best Served

  • Anytime 2
  • Afternoon 1
  • Morning 1
  • Dessert Tea 0
  • Evening 0

Imre

July 2, 2016

Lovely

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Anytime.

This gives an intense brew, lovely aromas and great freshness in taste. I have started to see that I like teas with the label of white flowers, whatever that means :-). Highly recommend this tea for those like me who like the type of FF with the lovely dryness.

Stephen

May 9, 2016

A fuller-bodied first-flush Darjeeling

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, High Quality.

Best Served : Morning, Afternoon.

Thank you Teabox and the Oaks Estate for another lovely Darjeeling! The main feature of this Spring black for me are the body; it has more 'presence' than many... almost like a concentrated first-flush! This applies to the aroma too. Definately getting the tree fruit, not so much of the citrus. The Teabox description uses the word 'hearty' which, for me at any rate, summons images of weight... but this is still a light, slightly brisk and very refreshing tea. Unlike some Spring Darjeelings, you can happily munch on a biscuit (cookie) without losing the taste of the tea! I detect a higher caffeine than 'medium' suggests. Don't bother with a second steep; it's not awful but does not compare with the first at all. (Drunk plain)

Alex

June 22, 2015

Quite floral, and tasty!

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Anytime.

This one has quite a floral note to it throughout, I didn't get strong citrus flavors when I sampled this one. But it was overall quite pleasant!

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