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

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

Chai - A Feel-Good Drink


Chai
is like a cup of cocoa – comforting, warm and relaxing.   In summer, it’s a tall cold glass on a hot day, a perfect alternative to a milk shake. The ideal Chai should be rich, creamy with the fully developed taste of Tea, Milk & Spices.  It shouldn’t be too watery or sugary-sweet.  Often this is what you find at many coffee shops and large chain quick-service establishments....

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 13 Jul, 2016  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Durgi - Tea Plucker at Makaibari

As you wind up the Pankhabari road towards Makaibari Estate in Darjeeling, you are mesmerized by the immense beauty stretching all around you. Steep hills lined with green tea bushes, women plucking leaves, winding trails through tea plantations and bamboo trees everywhere. The romance of the area fills the air. You can imagine living out your days here surrounded by the serenity.  As you enter Makaibari territory, you notice everyone greeting you with smiles as you drive...

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 12 Jul, 2016  |  Written by Anupa Mueller
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