May 1, Good Start to the Month

 

After a rainy, dreary April, finally some sun and cheer today on the first day of May.  We celebrate the beginning of this month by the arrival of our Darjeeling Air Freight.  This will be Makaibari's Lot 10/2018 which means it was the tenth batch manufactured this year.  Unlike many tea estates who start in February with very green leaf (sometimes called a forced plucking), we like to give it a few more weeks and select the leaf that is a bit more formed.  It lasts better and provides the characteristic first flush taste our customers have come to love.  Stay tuned - it will take another week or so to clear Customs and then - we start another season of your favorite Makaibari Tea. 

On a personal note, this is my...

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 May 01, 2018  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Preserving Eyesight with Hot Tea

Did you know that Hot Tea was good for your eyes?  Well, it is.  Researchers believe a daily cup can reduce the risk for glaucoma.  So, in addition to the already long list of benefits associated with tea that includes heart wellness and even cancer-fighting properties, add better vision.  You can read the entire article here, covered in The New York Times this week. 

There's just one point to remember.  Hot Tea includes your favorite Breakfast Teas and the well-known Assam or Darjeeling or even Earl Greys.  It can be your choice of China or Japan Greens, Formosa Oolongs or a soothing cup of White Tea.  What it does not include are Chamomile, Peppermint, Lemongrass or Hibiscus.  These and other herbs do not...

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 Dec 29, 2017  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Homestay Program at Makaibari

Makaibari Estate - Working on a Slope

What makes a cup of tea taste good? Is it flavor notes? The feel of the loose leaves in your hand? The memory of the place where you bought it or of the person who brought it to you? For many, the story behind the cup of tea is as important as the taste.  The faces, personalities, and landscapes we associate with the teas are woven into the steam wafting from our cups and enhance each cup we sip and share.

I was lucky enough to visit the people growing, plucking and processing one of my favorite teas, Darjeeling Green, through a Homestay program at the Makaibari estate.  These Homestay programs allow visitors a...

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 Sep 05, 2017  |  Written by Young Mountain Tea

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...

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 Jun 07, 2017  |  Written by Young Mountain Tea

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....

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 May 02, 2017  |  Written by Anupa Mueller
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