Celebrating Ceylon Tea

Ceylon tea comes from the island republic of Sri Lanka which is in the Bay of Bengal below the southeastern tip of India.  Sri Lanka was formerly a British crown colony and it kept this name almost a quarter century after its independence.  In 1972, the country changed its name to Sri Lanka and after heated debate, it was decided that abandoning the name "Ceylon Tea" would be devastating to its thriving tea industry. So a priceless brand was saved.

 

The famous Lion symbol of Ceylon Tea comes with specific burdens of use.  First, any tea bearing the Lion Logo must be grown, manufactured & packed in Sri Lanka.  Even a blend that is 95% Sri Lankan cannot be described as Ceylon Tea.  Overseas, 100% tea from Sri Lanka may be called Ceylon Tea but not bear the famous Lion...

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 31 Mar, 2017  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

In Praise of Organic Green Dew Tea


 17 Jan, 2017  |  Written by Dina Dunnings

Customers loving 2015 Makaibari

CIMG0130We have some die-hard fans of Makaibari.  They check our website daily to see if the new harvest is in.  They write us e-mails asking when the air freight is arriving.  They pre-order.  This year it seems we are receiving even more praise for Makaibari than in years past.  Here are two comments:
Hello Anupa, the flavor is so exquisite and unique this year on the first flush, that it reminds me of the very first one I had up in the Himalayas at Makaibari on my trip.  Is it just the lot you sent or is it the whole crop this year that is so exceptional? I received my tea order this morning and cupped it.  I have to say the quality of this year's Makaibari Estate 2nd flush is exquisite.  I opened the bag and...

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 25 Jul, 2015  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Innovators in the beverage industry

The January 2015 issue of Beverage World has as its cover story an article on "disruptors".  They define this as "a person who innovates to the point of changing the status quo".  We were so happy to see Seth Goldman listed as #1.  We have been suppliers of tea for the Honest Tea brand for over 10 years and his significant contribution to the industry deserves recognition.  Honest Tea makes a line of Organic, Fair Trade ready-to-drink teas which has wide distribution in both regular supermarkets as well as specialized markets such as Mrs. Greens.  Their Peach Oo-la-Long has Makaibari Oolong tea as its base.  If you are a bottled tea fan, move up to Honest Tea.

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 08 Feb, 2015  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

The record-breaking Makaibari Silver Tips Imperial

[caption id="attachment_4668" align="aligncenter" width="540"]RARE SILVER TIPS IMPERIAL RARE SILVER TIPS IMPERIAL[/caption] Just before the summer solstice this year, on the full moon night of June 13, from a minute past midnight to 3 am, specially trained women plucked the two leaves and a bud by the light of hand-held tallow torches at Makaibari Estates in Darjeeling.  The plucking time of 2 hours, 59 minutes was fixed after intensive study of the biodynamic calendar and precise astronomical charts. Rajah Banerjee, Chairman of Makaibari, explained that during the full moon, water content in all life forms decreases.  "What you have in the tender tea leaves and bud is the disitilled essence of the plant with all its subtle flavours and characters".  A very small amount of limited reserve Silver Tips Imperial was produced and acquired by only 3...

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 11 Dec, 2014  |  Written by Anupa Mueller
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