Himalayan Black Dragon (Nepal)

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2.5 oz. (25-30 cups) or 8 oz. (100 cups)

Grown in Ilam, Nepal at an elevation of 5,000 feet, this oolong tea combines the best of both green and black tea. The mature leaves are hand-plucked and then withered in sunlight, spread on bamboo mesh trays. They are then heated to stop oxidation at 45 percent. Afterward, the leaves are rolled and separated into a unique ball shape. The finished product results in high floral notes with a hint of grapes. Himalayan Black Dragon is grown organically, but it is not yet certified.

Brewing instructions
Amount: 1 teaspoon of loose tea per cup of water
Temperature: 190 ̊ - 200 ̊ (Small bubbles and a moderate amount of steam)
Steep time: 3 minutes

About Our Nepalese Tea

Grown in the Himalayan foothills, Nepalese tea is extraordinary. However, years of industry underdevelopment, coupled with a decade-long civil war, served to stunt Nepal's economy. Development of tea farming in the country suffered as a result. Since the signing of a peace accord in 2006, Nepal's tea growers have sought to share their product with more and more drinkers around the world.

Our Nepalese tea comes from small farms in Ilam and Panchthar, a region just 45 miles west of Darjeeling, at an altitude of between 5,000 and 6,000 feet. The region is semi-tropical and very sunny, but has abundant rainfall.

Customer Reviews

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Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
James Womack

Great tea. Excellent taste.

Star Taylor
My favorite Oolong by far and almost no tannin affect

I have a sensitivity to tannins, yet I love tea. I wrote to Rakkasan and asked for a suggestion. They suggested the Oolong sampler. Each one of the teas are wonderful, however Himalayan Black Dragon is my favorite. I highly recommend Rakkasan and their wonderful teas.

florals, roses, violets, honey

First steep on this was beautiful. Florals and honey--sweet but not overly so. Second steep was a bit flat but that could be because I used a teaspoon without weighing. I normally weigh out 5g when I try new teas but I figured I would follow the directions on the pack. No regrets! It is a really good tea!

Probably my favorite tea

I have tried a number of oolong teas, including a number from Rakkasan, but this one is my absolute favorite. Paying attention to the brewing instructions is important and too-hot water or too-long brew time will make a lovely cup turn into a "why did I buy this" cup. Rakkasan gives great instructions, so kudos for that. And as the other reviewer mentions, yep, you can get more than one cup out of the leaves, though I haven't enjoyed more than 3 brews. The other oolongs on here were also nice, I can't say why I like this one more other than the flavor, which i cannot describe. But be sure to follow the temp and time guidelines.

Ladd Kelley
Good for up to four brews

My preferred tea is oolong, because of its lower caffeine content and mellow taste. This is a good one, with a little honey. I brew a cup at a time using Rakkasan's extra-fine infuser. A scant teaspoon is good for three or four brews. (I'm working on my second 2.5 oz. bag.)