This is the last rating under my old scheme.
Tasty, just discovered that the amount of tea to use in my new tea cup is less straightforward than I had previously thought. In this case I used two teaspoons to achieve the suggested “generous teaspoon”. The taste is mellow and dirt-like, maybe a muddy version of the frontal bright Darjeelings. The astringency is coming out, but that’s due to oversteeping and cooling. Good for a rainy mild day like today.
2008 Makaibari Estate Standard - second flush
Fully-oxidized black tea
Traditional, 100% darkly-oxidized leaf, with some tip
Complex and floral flavor
Direct and straightforward, with floral notes in its aroma
Clear copper liquor
Makaibari Estate, established in 1859, is one of the oldest family-owned tea gardens in Darjeeling. Makaibari Estate is located just south of the Giddapahar Estate in the Kurseong South Valley, at approximately 4,500 feet elevation. Thanks to the passion and drive of the man who is the heart and soul of the garden – Rajah Banerjee, the great-grandson of founder G.C. Banerjee – the Makaibari Estate is a pioneer in innovative management. Mr. Banerjee lives on the garden, and provides for 610 tea workers and their families. As early as 1971, Mr. Banerjee made the decision to switch to a ‘permaculture’ based system, and since 1991 production has been 100% organic and biodynamic and at the top of their game.
This tea is highly sought after by Darjeeling tea enthusiasts for its complex floral nose and flavor and its straightforward goodness.
Use 1 generous teaspoon per 6 oz of water
Steep 1 infusion at 2 – 4 minutes.
Water temperature should be 185° – 195° F
(all info from teatrekker.com)