Kali Cha

Oolong Tea
Origin: Kurseong District, Near Darjeeling, India

Smooth taste with distinct, toasty aromas of cocoa and peanut shells.

Classic Size Tins Net Weight: 2.5 ounces

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About Kali Cha:

Grown twenty miles outside of the famous tea growing region of Darjeeling at an altitude of 4800 fee, Kali Cha is one of the first authentic oolongs from India. It is grown in Kurseong, “The Land of White Orchids,” which has several tea estates known to make light, fragrant black teas.

Making oolong teas requires selecting suitable plant varietals and utilizing precise leaf rolling and roasting techniques. Traditional oolong plant varietals and processing methods are native to Taiwan and Fujian province of China, and only recently has this art begun to be better understood in the sub-continent. Therefore, a Chinese varietal was used to make this tea, though Kurseong has many varietals of its own.

The leaves are baked in a rotating tunnel roaster at a high temperature for short periods. In between roasting, the leaves are gently rolled sideways to develop their flavor. This method eliminates the slight astringency commonly found in teas from Kurseong. In Taiwan, this style of tea making is similar to the process for making ‘Bai Hao Oolong’.

Although Kali Cha is a hardy tea and maintains its flavor for several months, it is best enjoyed during early to late summer.

Ingredients:  Oolong Tea Leaves.

Flavor Profile:

Smooth taste with distinct, toasty aromas of cocoa and peanut shells. It is a very forgiving tea for brewing and makes a delicious iced tea.

Brewing Instructions:

Every tea is different and can be brewed in different ways. The chart below is not a hard-and-fast guide for brewing this tea, but rather a place to get started. Steeping time may vary based on your personal taste or on how many infusions have already been done. Experiment with the brewing of your tea to discover its unique character.

Water Temp °F (°C)Steep Time (minutes)Number of InfusionsQuantity of Leaf (tsp / 8oz water)
180-190°F (82-88°C)3-43-41

Videos and Links:

Oolong Tea Crafting
Oolong Tunnel Roasting
Kurseong Map