Organic Darjeeling Makaibari Estate 1st Flush Black Tea

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Black Tea
Darjeeling Tea
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Fair Trade, Organic
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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This outstanding tea is biodynamically farmed at the Makaibari estate in India’s Darjeeling district. Established in 1859, Markaibari is the oldest estate in Darjeeling, where a strong commitment to sustainable farming prevails. This organic and Fair Trade Certified tea is made from the celebrated first harvest of early Spring, called the “first flush.” Its light, floral cup has a fragrance all its own, with nuances of green and black tea. Our First Flush Darjeeling has a bright, lemony infusion with punchy astringency and classic first flush character. It is slightly flowery and has fruity notes of Muscat grape. We recommend infusing first flush Darjeeling black teas with a slightly lower water temperature and shorter steeping time than that of other black teas.

Sustainability is a cornerstone of Arbor Teas’ business philosophy. In addition to offering an exclusively organic selection of teas, they recently became the first tea company to offer their whole catalog in 100% backyard compostable packaging. They’ve also carbon-offset the entire supply chain of their products, from origin to the customer, making Arbor Teas the greenest option for Earth-conscious tea drinkers, and one of few tea companies recognized by Green America.

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We’re tea enthusiasts with a lot of passion. Passion for top quality tea, the environment, fair trade, and our community. We started Arbor Teas in Ann Arbor, Michigan, intent on creating a tea company as passionate as we are. Our passion is reflected in every aspect of Arbor Teas. You’ll certainly notice it in the exceptional collection of teas we offer - one of the largest catalogs of USDA certified organic teas around, nearly three-quarters of which are Fair Trade Certified®.

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Just as an experiment, I thought I’d bring down the temperature another couple notches for this one to see what would happen. So far I’ve used 205, 200, and 195, but this time I’m bringing it down to 185 – all at three minutes.

The result seems to be less emphasis on the roasty notes, and more on the juicy – combined with the slight hitch of astringency still present, it’s reminiscent of biting into a tart Granny Smith apple that somehow still has just a bit of oven-baked flavor in it. A really nice cup of Darjeeling.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Your notes are just flat making me hungry today.


I’d justify that by saying that since it’s winter (at least in the northern hemisphere), we need more calories to keep our metabolism going through the cold days and long nights…


I’m not going to say what this note did to me…besides clicking on the “add to shopping list” button!!


It’s OK … around my work, the open buffet starts around Thanksgiving and doesn’t end until we’re down to the last grains of tinned flavored popcorn in mid-February.

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Has a coppery hue in the cup. A fragrant darjeeling with mild astringency. It has a very appetizing smell, and an aftertaste that reminds me of a Chinese green tea.

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