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Bihar, India
Second Flush 2012

Doke Organic Silver Needle Second Flush

£1.10

Bihar, India
Second Flush 2012

Doke Organic Silver Needle Second Flush

£1.10

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I am delighted that we're able to offer some of the 2012 second flush harvest of this beautiful and rare organic silver needle white tea.

The Doke Garden in Bihar, Northern India - the state where Gautama Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree - was established by Rajiv Lochan in 1998 and has already established itself as the finest producer of Indian white tea. Still run by the Lochan family this small garden is considered by many connoisseurs to currently be producing some of the finest white tea to be found anywhere on the planet.

Doke Organic Silver Needle is one of the finest examples of a white tea I have ever tasted. It's easy to see the care that has gone into the hand harvesting of each one of these buds and personally I think this is easily more than equal to even the very best examples of silver needles being produced in China's Fujian Province at the moment.


  • Soft dried fruits - apricots and peaches - hints of straw and a delicate sweet long lasting aftertaste.

  • The delicate buds found in this second flush picking are really ugly. To me this looks like pine needles however when brewed this tea produce a bright, clear liquor that's filled with the taste of delicate peach blossom and sweet dried apricots. These flavours combine with a round creaminess and just the lightest hint of freshly cut hay. The mark of any high quality tea is its aftertaste which here is subtle and sweet with light floral edges that linger delicately on the tongue.

    These silver needle leaves produce a drink that is bursting with flavour and truly will be savoured by any white tea connoisseur.

    James

  • Longer & Less - for a European style of brewing Doke Organic Silver Needle I would recommend using: 

    Around 1/2tbsp (3g) of loose leaf tea per person into a pot of around 75º water. (Allow freshly boiled water to stand for 3 minutes) Infuse for around 2 minutes*. For subsequent infusions increase the time by 1 minute each round. 

    Can be infused 2 or 3 times this way. 

    Shorter & More - when brewing Doke Organic Silver Needle in traditional Asian (Gong Fu) style of I would recommend using: 

    Around 1tbsp (5g) of loose leaf tea with around 150ml of 75º water. (Allow freshly boiled water to stand for 3 minutes) Infuse for around 45 seconds*. For subsequent infusions increase the time by 20-30 seconds each round. 

    Can be infused 4 or 5 times this way. 

    *As with all delicate teas, water temperature is crucial. Too hot and you'll ostensibly cook the leaf which will result in an unpleasantly and bitter brew. When using cooler water timing doesn't matter so much. You are far better ensuring your water is at the right temperature, and using a longer infusion - it takes far longer for a tea to become over-brewed this way - than using water that's just too hot which will inevitably ruin your loose leaf tea very quickly!