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    Tea People Desi Masala Chai

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of visible spices Ingredients: Assam black tea, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: very dark brown I love a punchy chai but sometimes it good to have one that I can drink straight, without the rigmarole of stove-top preparation. That’s exactly what this selection from +Tea People was. Cardamom definitely dominated the flavor profile. I believe that this is because the pods were cracked rather than whole as I’ve normally seen. The base black tea was a bold, malty Assam with just the right amount of astringency. It certainly could take…


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    Tea People Makaibari First Flush Vintage

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, mottled greens and browns Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper Liquor: amber You all know that I absolutely love Darjeeling. +Tea People was kind enough to send me a batch of samples that included several different selections from the Makaibari Estate. I’ve already reviewed their Darjoolong and Bai Mu Dan so it was high time that I dove into a 1st flush. The dry leaves and liquor were quite a bit darker than I was expecting. Most 1st flush teas that I come across these days look more like a green tea. The taste was floral and sweet with a…

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    Tea People Russian Caravan

    Country of Origin: China and Taiwan Leaf Appearance: varied black and green Ingredients: black and oolong tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain teapot and mesh infuser Liquor: dark amber This is what I affectionately refer to as a “kitchen sink” tea. It’s a blend of Keemun and Lapsang Souchong along with a Formosa oolong for good measure. The taste was actually quite a bit softer than I was expecting. It had the requisite smokiness but in a more subtle way. There was surprisingly little astringency. A subtle hint of brown sugar sweetness lingered in the finish. Perhaps that came from the oolong? All of the Russian Caravan…

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    Tea People Makaibari Darjoolong

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: mottled green and brown Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic steeper mug Liquor: reddish amber I’ve got to hand it to +Tea People, Darjoolong is simply fun to say. This one hails from Makaibari, one of the oldest tea estates in this region. You might remember that I reviewed their Bai Mu Dan last month. Regular readers will know that I have a silly soft spot for Darjeeling oolongs so this one is right up my alley. The liquor was a very pretty reddish amber. I don’t think I’ve seen that exact shade before, even from other Darjeeling oolongs. Its…

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    Tea People Makaibari Bai Mu Dan

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: large, scattered needles, varied shades of green Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 4 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: pale gold When I opened a recent batch of sample from +Tea People, this Darjeeling white tea was the first one to jump out at me. It practically begged, “Drink me!”. The dry leaves were vaguely reminiscent of Bai Mu Dan but had a bit of a different appearance than their Chinese counterpart. The taste was very mellow, fruity and sweet with subtle nutty notes. Its finish had just a hint of citrus that reminded me of lemons. I found it really…