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

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Thumbs up!"This leaf is generous and bold, with lots of juicy berry, wood and malt notes. It’s definitely worth a splurge if you’ve been saving up for a special treat! "
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lalanicomakaibariThis tea hails from Makaibari Estate, a pioneer in organic and bio-diverse agriculture. It’s located between 3000-5000ft above sea level in West Bengal, India. Only 20kg of this tea was produced. Looking at my sample, the leaves come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. Their aroma is grassy with a hint of sugar and spice.

I steep 3 grams of leaf in 150ml of water heated to 90 degrees Celsius, according to Lalani & Co.’s directions. After 3 minutes, the cup is a deep coppery hue. It smells malty and sweet, with a hint of currants. This aroma is reflected in the tea’s juicy flavour profile, with the addition of a good dose of tannins and wood notes as well. The finish is incredibly sweet, with lots of baked fruit and brown sugar lingering on the tongue. It’s a remarkably complex cup, shifting again and again from elderberry to tobacco to baked bread to oak tones.

I brew a second cup for 3 and a half minutes. The results are more “planty” this time, with fennel, grass, and green bean notes. There are still some underlying tannic wood tones as well but the fruit notes have pretty much disappeared. The lingering aftertaste is now peppermint. While this steep is less strikingly complex, it’s just as enjoyable and refreshing as the previous.

I try for a third infusion following a 4 and a half minute long steep. The cup is smooth with a few mint and malt notes, but it’s really nothing to write home about. I wouldn’t bother with this steep again.

This tea is indeed grand! This leaf is generous and bold, with lots of juicy berry, wood and malt notes. I brewed it a few different ways. I preferred my more concentrated brews, as they seem to enhance the fruit tones. As with Lalani & Co.'s other teas, this offering is only available in 100g jars, which makes for a rather expensive proposition. However, it’s definitely worth a splurge if you’ve been saving up for a special treat!

— 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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