Sample package label: “Organic Makaibari Darjeeling”
“Ingredients: Organic Makaibari Darjeeling Black Tea”
“Suggested brewing tips
Serving Size: 1 level tsp./6oz serving
Water Temp: 210°F
Steep Time: 1 – 3 minutes”
6-oz water with total dissolved solids (TDS) of 27 ppm, heated to 212*F and allowed to cool to 210*F – verified with DAVIDsTEA digital thermometer.
1 level Tevanna teaspoon, without sweeteners, milk or cream.
Dry leaf: well twisted, uniform sized, blackish brown – typical for an autumn flush
Fragrance: Reminds me of pipe tobacco
Liquor: Clear & coppery
3-min Infusion: Fresh crisp vegetal aroma, a lively full-bodied refreshing flavor without bitterness. There was a slight sense of astringency on the front center of my tongue.
1st Re-steep: 6-min Infusion Wow, just as enjoyable as the first infusion and now without any astringency.
2nd Re-steep: 12-min Infusion Nearly as enjoyable as the initial infusion! This very fine Darjeeling can go the distance!
Impression: Highly recommended! A truly excellent full-bodied black tea that’s suitable for morning or afternoon.
Thanks to David Worgul of Della Terra Tea for providing this free sample.