Rajah Banerjee: Darjeeling's Bad Boy

Raj Vable, our friend and the Founder of Young Mountain Tea and frequent visitor to India & Makaibari, shares his thoughts about owner Rajah Banerjee. We hope you enjoy reading about this enigmatic Tea master as much as we did! - Silver Tips Tea

Rajah Banerjee at the Makaibari Garden

“I don’t make mistakes; I only learn another way not to do it right.”

So says Rajah Banerjee, the iconic leader of Darjeeling’s legendary Makaibari Estate. As you can imagine from this quote, Rajah is a polarizing figure in the tea world – some call him a visionary, while others write him off as out of touch with reality.

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 07 Jun, 2017  |  Written by Raj Vable

Makaibari Tea Estate Season Begins

Time for my favorite tea to be available again - First Flush Darjeeling from Makaibari Tea Estate. The harvest was late this year, a trend in evidence for the past several years. Twenty years ago, the first batch of samples arrived around the 3rd week of March. Nowadays, it is usually mid-April before the first samples arrive. The good news is that the crop is excellent. This is no small feat.  As many of you know, on March 16, the Makaibari bungalow burned to the ground.  Soon after that, the tea estate experienced a hail storm and a fine layer of snow. Despite these adversities, the leaf is remarkably good.  

First Flush Darjeelings can be characterized by a few key elements:

 02 May, 2017  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

A Guide to Steeping Loose Leaf Tea

Over the years, we've heard just about every comment about steeping loose leaf Tea:

  • I hate Green tea - it's just too bitter!
  • Mine never comes out like yours!
  • When I make it at home, it's always too watery.
  • I can't taste anything!
  • I just stick to English Breakfast - it comes out perfect!
  • What am I doing wrong?!

    Yes, we understand your frustration. So let me share the 3 secrets to making the perfect cup every...

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     17 Dec, 2016  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

    Tasting Tips

    A while ago, a group of professional tasters asked to taste Teas at our Tea Room. We were intrigued. Apparently, all large food companies have professional tasters and multiple tastings are conducted before any item is approved, let alone put on a shelf.  We selected 4 teas for tasting:

    Loose Leaf Tea Samples

    Their taste...

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     24 Oct, 2016  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

    December Trends

    We love to analyze what our customers buy.  It validates anecdotal evidence and sometimes we're surprised at what we find.  This being December, it is always the heaviest month for Tea-of-the-Month subscriptions since it makes such a great gift so it's no surprise that it made it on to the chart.  And of course we represent the renowned Makaibari Tea Estates in the U.S. so it deserves its own bar.  But what we did not expect was the very significant amount of Tea sales that were straight Black, Green & Oolong and the move away from Flavored or Herbal blends.  And no matter the rising popularity in all kinds of teas, Black Tea is still, by far, the runaway favorite - a whopping 33%.  If we included the Makaibari Black teas, that percentage would rise even further. You can judge for yourself:

     



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     20 Dec, 2015  |  Written by Anupa Mueller
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