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.
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.
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.
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.)
Always love their tea. And it arrives quickly.
This is my go to tea. Hot or cold brew, this tea can’t be beat.