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

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

Trekkers at Makaibari

Chris & Peter Merg are intrepid trekkers.  They've covered impressive ground in Nepal and Tibet and before heading to Sikkim/Bhutan, they had stopped at Makaibari.  I met them and we got talking and what an interesting tale they have!  They come from Germany and had heard about Makaibari through The Lonely Planet and, now retired, they were focused on enriching their lives through new adventures.  Their special interest, apart from hiking...

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 25 Jun, 2016  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Visitors at Makaibari

Makaibari has a special appeal for visitors because it is a heritage tea factory and the owner is on the premises, a rarity among Darjeeling tea estates.  A casual visitor is often thrilled to spend 15 minutes with Rajah Banerjee, 4th generation owner of Makaibari, tasting teas with him and hearing him narrate the history and background of the estate. If they are especially fortunate, he will even take them on a tour of the plantation.  And there...

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 18 Jun, 2016  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

The Old and the New at Makaibari

Over 150 years ago, Chinese carpenters were imported to manage the tea factory. Needless to say, they used materials and designs that reflected their origin and comfort. Here is a magnificent example of stairs that they built out of Burmese teak that still stands inside the front door of the Makaibari factory.  Walk on them and you experience a natural spring to the wood that has weathered beautifully.  As we entered the factory, Rajah...

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 16 Jun, 2016  |  Written by Anupa Mueller
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