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

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Its OK"Overall, this tea is slightly above average. It has more distinguishable flavors, and the mouthfeel is considerably smoother."
Bryan’s Teaview: 6/10
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Arbor Teas is an online tea retailer that sells a wide variety of teas, ranging from Chinese white tea to Indian black tea, all the way to Japanese Green Teas. Most of their inventory is organic or fair trade, meaning that the teas were grown and made without the use of fertilizers or pesticides, and the workers received decent pay for their efforts.

This Darjeeling contains medium-sized leaves with a good number of buds and green leaf, and less brown and black leaves, indicating a lower level of oxidation took place during processing, which is proper for a tea like this. The aroma is somewhat brighter, with vegetal notes resembling corn, and sweet, minty essences fleeting by. some fruityness, like that of a grape or a mango, also appears.

This tea was brewed western style, using 3 grams of leaf in an infuser basket and brewed for 3 minutes.

The resulting liquor was dark, similar to pumpkin orange but with a little more of a brown color. The flavors were dark as well, with a muscatel note sitting firmly in the middle of the palate, followed by considerable bitterness and some spice flavors, such as a light mixture of nutmeg and cloves. There was a light sparling brightness to the tea, no doubt coming from the acidic young leaves. There was a light fruity aftertaste, but it didn't last very long.

Overall, this tea is slightly above average. It has more distinguishable flavors, and the mouthfeel is considerably smoother. Also, it doesn't leave an intensely rough feeling on the tongue and cheeks after drinking.

— To purchase Arbor Teas Makaibari Estate Darjeeling 1st Flush Black Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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