Description: Harvested from higher elevations of the Puttabong Estate, this selection was produced without the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. The Kakra designation refers to a leaf visited by the Indian Green Fly, whose ministrations to the leaf cause an initial fermentation before plucking. The liquor has classic muscatel notes, as well as hints of date, accented with light pine needle essence.
Steeping Suggestions: - Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup Water Temp: 212° (boiling) Steep Time: 3 min.
Average of customer reviews submitted during the last year: ; No. of reviews: 2 Dry Leaf Appearance and Feel: Very Good, Infused Leaf Aroma and Appearance: Very Good, Infused Liquor Flavor: Very Good, Overall Value: Good
from Anacortes, WA (United States)
(7/24/2013) Dry Leaf: Excellent,
Infused Leaf: Excellent, Liquor: Excellent,
"An excellent tea but I disagree completely with Upton's description. Not even a trace of muscatel, but a dead ringer for a top Formosa Silver Tip Oolong from a decade or more ago. Delicious, fascinating - and about as far removed from Second Flush Darjeeling flavor as one could imagine." Eric Stern
from Sonoma, CA (United States)
(4/18/2014) Dry Leaf: Good,
Infused Leaf: Good, Liquor: Average,
Not my cup
"Described as kakra, this tea's leaf has been attacked by an insect whose feeding on the leaf causes drying or fermentation prior to plucking. Sounds intriguing, but in my opinion this tea is simply lacking in aromatic complexities, tastes simple and dried out. Not a good value; there are many more compelling teas in this price range."
"I steeped the dark chocolate colored leaf for 3 minutes in boiling point (212F) water. The glowing, dark-amber tea liquor has a rich aroma of fruits and chestnuts. I find the flavor, its richness bursting in my mouth, reminiscent of an Oolong tea in its nutty, almost woody quality. I also detected faint notes of fruit in the smooth cup. A delicious and unique second flush offering!"
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