Reviews

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 mildly woody finish. There was a small amount of astringency but that aspect was very mellow. Overall I would say this was a really nice cup of tea and a great choice for those that prefer a second flush. There was a nice amount of complexity and although it is bolder than expected, I wouldn’t recommend adding milk or sugar. This is a tea that should be appreciated on its own.

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Makaibari First Flush Vintage sample provided by Tea People.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.