Darjeeling Black Tea - 1st Flush - Makaibari Estate

Tasting Notes: Fruity, Earthy, and Green

This incredible black tea hails from the most famous organic tea estate in the world, the Makaibari estate. And it's not just organic—it's Fair Trade certified and Demeter biodynamic certified, too. Like many excellent Darjeeling first flush black teas, this biodynamic Makaibari first flush offers the fruity, floral, slightly green flavor of springtime, backed by moderate tannins and hints of malt. Unlike most other great Darjeeling teas, it has the characteristic Makaibari flavor profile—a majestic, sweet, mineral-rich earthiness unlike anything you've tasted before.

Price: $14.00
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Savoring the Experience:

This tea is perfect on its own. Honestly, there is no need to doctor this one up. Enjoy the nuanced flavors and pure magic of the tea. Okay, if you really want to add something to the tea you could add a bit of Fair-Trade brown sugar. We won't tell!


Organic & Biodynamic Darjeeling FTGFOP-1 Black Tea from the Makaibari Estate in India


  • Caffeine Level
  • tea measurement 1.5 tsp Per Cup
  • tea temperature 195°
  • tea steep time 2-4 Minutes

Fun Facts:

So, what does "first flush" mean anyway? The "flushes" are growth spurts of the tea plant. Starting in springtime, the tea plants of Darjeeling "flush" several times. The first and second flushes are the ones most prized by connoisseurs. The first flush is known for its greener, lighter flavor, while the second is known for its fruity, muscatel grape notes. After the second flush is harvested, the monsoons come, and some estates offer a (far lesser quality) monsoon flush. And, finally, before the tea plants return to winter dormancy, there's an autumnal flush. This tea is from the superior first flush harvest.