Darjeeling teas are like no other. Many refer to Darjeeling as the "Champagne of
Tea," as its character cannot be reproduced in regions outside of Darjeeling. For the past two years, Darjeeling has been devastated by drought conditions that have affected the quality and
yields of the tea farmers and left all of us Darjeeling lovers a bit disappointed when we compare current teas with those of years past.
Rishi Tea has a very special relationship with the organic and Fair Trade Certified™ Makaibari tea estate in Darjeeling. For the past ten years, Makaibari and its owner, Mr. Rajah Banerjee, has produced exclusive batches of great tea. Even when weather conditions are extremely poor, Rajah always manages to make these stunning teas that stand out as among the best in Darjeeling. Makaibari does not sell its teas at auction and chooses its few customers very strictly, so we are so thankful for Rajah, and the tea people of Makaibari for making their best quality batches available to us year after year.
The Darjeeling teas we buy from the Makaibari Estate are small production batches referred to as micro-lots. This year, we chose two micro-lots that have distinctive characteristics, which stand out from one another. Due to the late harvest and drought conditions in Darjeeling this year, the first flush teas are tending to have a bit more color and a less brisk character.
Bright and lively mouth feel with succulent flavor. This tea has a medium and elegant astringency with a long lasting after taste and complex aromatics of peaches, Muscat Grapes and tropical flowers. This lot is very refreshing and energizing.
Water: 185-190°F / Leaves 1 tablespoon per 8 ounces / Infusion time: 3 minutes. / Ingredients: Organic Fair Trade Certified™ black tea. / Origin: $96.00 per pound/$24.00 per 1/4 pound
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