Tea Type: Oolong Tea
Flush Season: Second Flush
Estate: Rohini Tea Estate
Temperature during manufacturing: Between 15-30 degrees
Invoice No: RT-58/23
Date of picking: May 2023
Type of plucking: 100% fine leaf, mostly comprising of two leaves and a bud
Grade: FTGFOP1 Honey Oolong
Elevation: 3000-3500 ft
Oxidation: Semi oxidized
Speciality: Bug bitten making the tea more flavorful and aromatic.
Rohini (RTE-58) Summer Honey Oolong – Bug Bitten Tea 2023 – Classic Series
Retail price: $5.30 / 50 gms paper box
Offer price: $4.51 / 50 gms paper box
300 grams Paper Box Shipping Charges will be lower than other combos
This is one of the finest summer teas produced from high-quality AV2 bushes at Rohini Tea Estate. There is a reason behind the name ‘bug bitten tea’. During June, when the second flush teas are harvested, the rise in temperature also causes a rise in the insect population. The Tea Jassids also called green flies in Darjeeling feed on the tea leaves for a couple of weeks. During this time they suck out the moisture causing the leaves to shrivel downwards. The loss of moisture does not kill the leaf but rather stunts its growth leading to a concentration of flavors. They also leave pinpricks on the leaf surface which induces natural fermentation. During the process of fermentation odorous compounds are released which in turn make the tea more flavorful and aromatic. It is a quirk of nature that the ‘Muscatel’ flavor present in second flush Darjeeling teas is a result of stress response to insect infestation.
This summer oolong consists of brownish-black leaves and a few silver tips. It brews into an aromatic bright amber cup with a very smooth flavor and no astringency. The tea has a mouthful of sweet and fruity muscatel character with a finish of honey and mango flavors. A compelling make and a true delight, it is definitely one of the best teas produced by Rohini Tea Estate.