Makaibari Estate Darjeeling 2nd Flush Black Tea - Organic - Fair Trade
... Second flush black teas from the Darjeeling region offer a darker liquor and stronger body than teas of the first flush, with far less "green" character. This tea is no exception, having an exquisite aroma and amber color, with fully-ripened Muscat grape and wildflower notes, and a punchy astringency.
Ratings & Reviews
Page 1 of 1 page with 3 reviewsThis tea is interesting. It tastes a little watery, but it has a kind of strong flavor. I'm not quite sure how to describe it. I added cream and sugar.
Alex Zorach (1274 reviews) on Jan. 3rd, 2013
Aroma of the dry leaf is suggestive of monsoon/rains teas.
Upon brewing, the aroma becomes much more complex.
I find this is a tea that you need to pay attention to to enjoy. Drinking it idly, it's possible to ignore it as it is a little subtle and its flavor isn't the most interesting. But if you think about it when you drink it, there's a lot going on in the aroma and on the palate as well.
Initial aroma is fruity, but it develops on the tongue into celery-like tones, almost minty. It makes your tongue tingle a bit, without being bitter.
With a 3-minute steeping followed by a longer one, I was able to produce two very flavorful cups. I also tried starting with a 5-minute infusion: this yields a rich cup with a thick, syrupy mouthfeel, and brings out wintergreen tones in the aroma. I prefer a longer steeping time, but it makes the second cup weaker and less interesting if you resteep the leaves.
Compared to Makaibari first flush (also from Arbor Teas) I found this tea was darker, yet tasted "greener"--i.e. more like a green tea. The color of the cup is quite light for a second flush; lighter even than some first flush. The spent leaves have a mixed olive color--olive green to kalamata olive in color.
Delicious to drink and lovely to smell.
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