Makaibari 1st Flush Darjeeling

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First Flush Darjeeling’s are one of the most prized teas that exist. With a plucking season that only lasts a few weeks, this tea must be served when it is as fresh as possible. This tea has just arrived fro the famous Makaibari tea farm in Darjeeling India. With a lively flavor that pops of pinapple and grapefruit, be sure to steep this for only 2 miutes or it will get quite astringent.

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This time made with 4.5g to 12oz water, steeped 1 minute.

The smell has a stronger “muscatel” fragrance than other Darjeelings I’ve had. Slightly sweet.

This one is best drank warm but not hot. When truly hot the flavor doesn’t yet come out fully.

It’s a richer Darjeeling than I’m used to. It doesn’t have the (much loved by me) daintiness of others I’ve had.

It’s very round and filling in the mouth without hitting one particular area for flavor/feel. I’m not getting any of the pineapple or such from this. It’s a fairly flat tasting tea.

I’ll try this cold-brewed and see what I can get out of it that way.

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Just received this yesterday. I do wish Golden Moon would call the teas by their proper name (e.g. not just First Flush Darjeeling) and would include the grade of tea as well. This was from their monthly tea club.

It is my second 2011 Darjeeling to taste (first was Upton’s TD57: Margaret’s Hope Estate FTGFOP1 Tippy/Cl First Flush DJ-23). I actually liked this better than Margaret’s Hope although I need to go back and try that one again.

I liked this quite a bit. It reminded me of a nice First Flush Darjeeling I drank for breakfast during my trip to India earlier this year as far as flavor, although this one is a bigger tea. I followed more closely to Upton’s brewing recommendations for the Margaret’s Hope tea, rather than Golden Moon’s recommendation for this one. I used 3 gently rounded tsp to 500ml water in my Breville. The fresh leaves smell sweet like freshly mowed grass (in a good sense). I usually forget to smell the leaves after brewing, but I will say these were a bit stinky so I couldn’t help but smell it.

This is a more full flavored Darjeeling, which is fine with me. I drank it without any additives although I’m thinking it might do just fine with a splash of milk and a touch of honey. I can perhaps see just the beginning of a pineapple hint – it is not real obvious. I liked this one quite a bit and look forward to trying it again. I was drinking this one right after doing yoga, so didn’t do the best with tasting notes.

Golden Moon recommends 2 minutes brewing time on this, saying it will get quite astringent with longer brewing. I brewed for 3 minutes and did not find it all that astringent.

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