This season's harvest from the Makaibari tea garden is one of the best in recent years due to early spring rains and near ideal weather conditions. The dry leaves have a vibrant color with an abundance of green tips. The aroma is fresh and clean, as if you are walking through a pristine mountain forest covered with wildflowers. The brewed liquor has a deep golden hue and exudes a honey and floral aroma. The taste is classic first flush - clean, fresh and lightly floral with a mild astringency that is characteristic of teas grown in the Himalayas.
If you enjoy the nuanced tastes of green and white teas, you'll enjoy this superb first flush Darjeeling.
Certified Organic. Fair Trade Certified.
Harvest: March 2014, Lot DJ-25/14
India, Darjeeling, Makaibari Estate
The picturesque and mountainous Darjeeling district in India is renowned for its distinctive teas which have come to be loved by tea enthusiasts around the world. Darjeeling teas are noted for their clean, floral aroma and a slightly spicy, "muscatel" flavor, reminiscent of grapes and raisins.
Our Darjeeling tea is sourced from the Makaibari Estate, established in 1859 in Kurseong, Darjeeling - the land of the white orchid. Rajah Banerjee, the fourth generational owner, practices biodynamic agriculture which is a method of organic farming that emphasizes holistic development and interrelationships of the soil, plants and animals as a self-sustaining system. With 70% of the area under forest cover, Makaibari follows a form of integrated forest management where the tea bush is part of a multi-tier system of trees and plants within the sub-tropical rainforest.