Review: Arbor Teas Makaibari Estate Darjeeling 1st Flush Black Tea

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Thumbs up!"It is an excellent leaf with an incredible depth, character, and flavour."
Katie’s Teaview: 7.9/10
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This is my first sample from Arbor teas, so I know basically nothing about them, but Darjeelings are basically always a safe bet, especially for me. The leaves look like a classic Darjeeling - somewhat choppy and basically every reasonably shade of green and brown.

Three minutes, 190°. The liquor is a beautiful orange-amber. It has a brilliant herbal, grassy/hay-like scent with a hint of spice and a lot of sweetness. It is floral and dry with a hint of sourness. A slight pinch of astringency and bitterness sits in the aftertaste, which is neither unexpected nor unwelcome in an estate first flush Darjeeling. There's a hint of smoke in the base of the sip, and as the cup cools, a hint of vanilla hits my nose.

The tea doesn't really have the classic muscatel flavour, but it is an excellent leaf with an incredible depth, character, and flavour. The spent leaf has shades of vibrant greens and browns. I believe this is my first Makaibari Estate tea, and I'm glad I got the chance to try it. I'd definitely purchase both this leaf and any other flushes Arbor has from this fantastic estate.

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