Wicked Thunder - Java Black

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Wicked Thunder - Whole-Leaf Dark Black Tea
Sukabumi, West Java, Indonesia

Our "Wicked Thunder" Java Black is made from the “Sukui Clone”. This specialty is cultivated and produced on the small, private tea plantation in the province Sukabumi in western Java. The leaves are picked only during the dry season at altitudes of up to 4,265 feet. The production process takes up to 30 hours and is done using traditional Chinese methods. The result is a dark brown leaf with a long, slightly turned, open appearance. The infusion unfolds a fresh, fruity bouquet. The cup is of a shining copper color and the flavor is expressive and fruity, with a slightly spicy and earthy note and even a hint of vanilla!

Teamaster Gwen's Notes

This tea... It's something else. It has this bizarre trait I've never found in any other tea I've ever tasted. It's hard to describe, as I sometimes have this... narrative experience, I suppose would be the way to phrase it? Particularly with pu-erhs, but sometimes with others, I taste it, and a scene paints itself in my head like a book over the course of the cup.

The Wicked Thunder is something akin to a horror movie: it's disconcerting and puts me at unease, but in a comforting way, like you're watching a scary movie that's freaking you out, but you're sitting on your couch at home sipping hot chocolate, so it's all okay. You're still sitting comfortably sipping on a tea, but it gives you that uneasy thrill. The picture it paints for me is being lost at sea in the middle of a storm with lightning crashing all around me, waves slamming into the boat, threatening to capsize it at any moment, me hiding under the counter in the cabin hearing the roaring thunder threaten to tear my shelter to pieces as I just wait for it all to be over. It's thrilling, thus the name "Wicked Thunder." I've never felt anything like it. Most teas that actually manage to paint a narrative are calm, some even serene, but this one was uneasy. I've truly never encountered anything quite like it. It remains my favorite black tea I think I've ever had.

Brewing Suggestions

  • Use 7g (≈1 heaping tbsp) of leaf per ½ liter (≈17 oz) of water.
  • Use boiling (100°C/212°F) water
  • Steep for 3 minutes, strain leaves, and enjoy!
    • Don't forget to try for multiple infusions! Just add time to each steep.
      • For under 2:00 steep times, add 30 sec.
      • For 2:00 to 4:00, add 1 minute.
      • For over 4:00, add 2 minutes or more.
    • Like milk in your tea? Steep an extra minute!
    • Too strong? Take off a minute, or use 5g of leaf instead!
    • Too light? Kick it up another minute, or use 10g of leaf instead!
    • Wanna do a tea latte?
      • Use 10g (≈1½ tbsp) of leaf per ½ liter (≈17 oz).
      • Steep 2 minutes in ¼ liter (≈8 oz) boiling (100°C/212°C) water
      • Add ¼ liter (≈8 oz) hot milk, steep another 3 minutes.
      • Strain leaves, add sugar if you like (1 tsp usually does it), and enjoy!


  • Indonesian Java black tea


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