Thanks to their unique characteristics and delicate aroma, Darjeeling teas,
from the mountainous Darjeeling region of India, are often called the "champagne of tea."
Unlike teas grown in lower altitudes, they have only four harvest periods each
year: first flush
(spring); "in between" (late spring); second flush (summer); and autumnal.
Each crop produces a different tasting tea, with the earlier crops tending
light and flowery and later crops becoming progressively fuller bodied and
fruity. Be careful not to over-steep Darjeelings as they are quite sensitive!
The Makaibari Estate
is known for both its high quality organics as
well as its excellent treatment of employees. Produced by hand-rolling and
sun-drying, these beautiful leaves brew to a golden amber liquor with
fruity sweetness and a clean, nutty taste. Farmed without pesticides, Makaibari Natural Autumnal Flush Darjeeling Tea
is both organic and
Fair Trade Certified. Good hot or as an iced tea.
(See our "How to Make Iced Tea"
Use one teaspoon per cup and infuse for 2 minutes in freshly boiled water.
Average Customer Rating
Not exactly what I was expecting, but I do enjoy this tea. I'm
generally a fan of medium and full bodied, heavier tanin blacks,
and this is what I would call a "very light" medium body tea. It
definitely has complexity and legs, but it's a much subtler
presentation. I did try a 3 and 4 minute steep, and agree with the
2 minute suggestion of the tea table, it starts to get muddy with
extra steeping. I think this will be my midday black tea, rather than
my breakfast pot. For the price, it's a superb, delicate black tea,
but don't expect heavy tanins or good pairing with milk and sugar.
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