Review: Daokrajai Red Tea Pai

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Thumbs up!"This is a fairly light bodied black tea that requires no milk or sugar to be enjoyable. Similar to a high grade Keemun, it provides a smooth malty cup."
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daokredpaiDaokrajai specializes in teas from Northern Thailand. This particular offering is an unflavoured organic black tea, similar to a Keemun. What are known as black teas in the West are referred to as red teas in Asia, because of the colour of the steeped cup. These have nothing to do with rooibos. Looking at my sample, the chocolate brown leaves are delicately twisted. They have a lovely malty, yet yeasty scent that reminds me of my favourite Chinese black teas.

I steep a generous teaspoonful of tea in 250ml of boiling water for 3 minutes. The dark coppery cup has a mild malt and cocoa aroma. Taking a sip, the flavour profile is sweet and smooth, with just a touch of astringency coming from the tannic top notes. Lots of malt and toasted bread tones are present as well. The finish ends with a berry-like taste that lingers pleasantly on the tongue. This tea has an interesting lightness to it, compared to some of its Chinese counterparts, which can sometimes be overly oily or heavy in feel.

I try brewing the leaves again for 4 and a half minutes. The results are surprisingly potent for a black tea’s second steeping. The berry notes more immediately present throughout the sip now. At the same time, the tannic feel and flavour have all but disappeared, making for a sweet and smooth cup.

A third steep is also quite pleasant, although getting a bit watery in feel at this point. The aftertaste is especially striking, having developed interesting cinnamon and honeydew melon flavours. The longevity of the leaves is definitely impressive.

This is a fairly light bodied black tea that requires no milk or sugar to be enjoyable. In fact, I would recommend using a bit more leaf than I did to get more depth of flavour. I am quite pleased with the quality of this tea and look forward to trying other offerings from the folks at Daokrajai and exploring the world of Thai teas. Very pleasant!

— To purchase Daokrajai Red Tea Pai, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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