Review: Lalani & Co Makaibari, 2nd Flush Grand Reserve

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Thumbs up!"This tea has a luxurious texture and a memorable flavor that makes drinking it a real delight and it is one that I wouldn't mind keeping about as a treat. "
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lalanicomakaibariLalani & Co. is a tea vendor that is based in London and specializes in single batch teas. All of their teas are grown on organic estates. They have a beautiful website but I did find it difficult to locate specific teas as there isn't a search engine and the teas themselves are not broken down into categories.

These leaves are a beautiful example of a 2nd flush darjeeling with the leaves ranging in color from gold to a medium olive green. Dry, they give off a faint fruity note with just a touch of spice. I set them up to brew using 195 degree water and a steep time of 3 minutes.

The resulting liquor is a golden brown with the strong fragrance of muscatal. Each sip begins with a sweet fruitiness from grapes and just a hint of apples, then comes forth a pleasant spiciness that remind me of ginger and cinnamon. The finale is a dryness that lingers for a short time and clears the palate. The website recommends trying with a desert and I can definitely see how the spiciness of the tea would compliment a sweet.

This tea has a luxurious texture and a memorable flavor that makes drinking it a real delight and it is one that I wouldn't mind keeping about as a treat. I just wish that this site had a currency converter so that I could easily see the cost.

— To purchase Lalani & Co Makaibari, 2nd Flush Grand Reserve, 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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