Organic Tea

Our organic selections on our website are Certified Organic.  Simply put, this means we know their origin, how it was farmed, how it was handled and how it got to you.  We are strong advocates and champions of organic and biodynamic tea farming and have more than a passing interest in it.   Makaibari Estate in Darjeeling is featured prominently in our website because it is owned by our family. Not only is Makaibari the oldest garden in Darjeeling district (established in 1859), it pioneered biodynamic tea farming and was certified biodynamic (the most stringent form of organic farming), in the early 1990's. 


We know the difficulties of organic farming and the care that accompanies it.  You should beware of any tea company that claims that pesticides are not used in tea farming and that, therefore, all tea is "organic". This is absolutely false. Like all agricultural crops, tea is farmed all over the world using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Only a few tea estates around the world have made the daunting commitment to farm organically and to be inspected annually by independent certifying bodies to maintain their organic status.  We salute all those gardens and are proud to carry their teas. We are especially proud of our Makaibari selections – they are the freshest, most seasonal teas we can offer and the purest in the world. Some are air freighted within a few weeks of their manufacture and each lot has been specially sampled and selected for your enjoyment. 


Try all our Organic selections - they are not just good for the earth and good for you but also taste great!  

Look for the Organic icon    throughout our site to view our Organic Teas.  Our organic certification is specifically for the teas on our website.  Although the teas carried in our Tea Room/Restaurant are organic and are provided by our wholesale company, Eco Prima Tea which is Certified Organic by a third party, the Tea Room/Restaurant is not certified organic as a retail facility.  


    • Makaibari 1st Flush 2015 - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari 1st Flush 2015

      Still wonderful, but the 2016 harvest is here.  So for all of you who love low prices, here's a great value.  Enjoy 2015 Makaibari first flush at a discount!  Certified Organic & Fair Trade.   Use 1 tsp. leaf  per  8 oz. cup.   Pour boiling water over leaves.   Steep...

      $ 11.00
    • Makaibari 1st Flush 2016 - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari 1st Flush 2016

      Enjoy the fresh bouquet! The prize crop of Darjeeling, the champagne of teas - this is first flush 2016 - slightly astringent, a green hue to the leaf and an appealing floral tone to the cup. Enjoy the spirit of the Himalayas - Organic, Biodynamic & Fair Trade. Use 1...

      $ 7.50
    • Makaibari 2nd flush 2016 - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari 2nd flush 2016

      Our excellent 2016 Makaibari 2nd flush stock just arrived via Air Freight.  This year's harvest is exceptional - wonderful tips to the leaf with the classic muscatel, winey flavor in the cup.  Notice the distinct coppery hue to the infused leaf, and the pleasant pungency on the palate. It was a short 2nd...

      $ 6.30
    • Makaibari 2nd Flush-previous season - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari 2nd Flush-previous season

      Still wonderful but alas, this year's stock is now in! This is from the previous season - A classic 2nd flush muscatel tea from the Makaibari Estate - the pioneers of biodynamic tea farming in the world. This tea has a pronounced floral bouquet, with nutty and pungent notes in the...

      $ 7.32
    • Makaibari Autumnal - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari Autumnal

      A mellow tea from the later part of the season from an estate known for its commitment to sustainable agriculture. A very easy tea to enjoy! Stronger than 1st or 2nd flush teas. Can tolerate some milk. Use 1 generous tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep...

      $ 5.50
    • Makaibari Green, Long Leaf, O/FT - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari Green, Long Leaf, O/FT

      This tea has all the benefits of a green tea with the characteristic Darjeeling floral note. Beautiful long leaf. Naturally sweet, very easy to enjoy!  Similar in profile to the Makaibari silver-tipped Green. The purest green tea we know. And unlike some other Green teas, this one has no bitterness...

      $ 6.10
    • Makaibari Oolong - Org/F Trade - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari Oolong - Org/F Trade

      An Oolong with the characteristic Darjeeling floral note. Try something different. Beautiful leaf style - long, well-rolled with a medium oxidation. An uncommon India Oolong. Use 1 Tbsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup.  Let boiling water cool slightly before pouring over leaves.  Steep 3 mins.  Can be re-infused.  Milk...

      $ 6.10
    • Makaibari Oriental Beauty - Limited Edition organic black tea homage to the celebrated Formosa Gran Oolong Fancy leaf style - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari Oriental Beauty

      Exquisite Limited Edition Tea!  This is Makaibari's homage to the celebrated Formosa Grand Oolong Fancy leaf style, sometimes known as Oriental Beauty or White-tipped Amber Oolong.  Notice the carefully manufactured long leaf style with white/silver tips which is the characteristic requirement of this style.  It is mild and floral in the...

      $ 12.00
    • Makaibari Silver Tips - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari Silver Tips

      Renowned! A complex but delicate cup, floral with a mellow note. Characteristic long leaves with a nice curl, interspersed with silver tips. Certified Organic, Biodynamic & Fair Trade. Featured on Masterpiece Theatre & NCIS Los Angeles! Drink the best! Use 1 Tbsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup. Steep 3-3.5...

      $ 9.00
    • Makaibari Silver Tips Imperial - Organic Limited Reserve White Tea - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari Silver Tips Imperial

      Indulge in a cup of our record-breaking Makaibari Silver Tips Imperial. This is Limited Reserve. Only 20 kgs. of this lot were manufactured and we have a limited 5 kgs. (11 lbs.) This is DJ 158/2014, procured through a private sale. Specially packaged in 1 ounce lots. When it's gone,...

      $ 60.00
    • Makaibari Tea Sampler - Silver Tips Tea's Gifts
    • Makaibari Tea Sampler

      From the renowned Organic/Biodynamic and Fair Trade tea estate in Darjeeling, enjoy 3 types of Black and Green Tea.  We included the 1st and 2nd Flush Black Teas as well as our very popular Long Leaf Green, a mellow and floral green without any vegetal notes. Steeping directions are on...

      $ 27.00
    • North Point - Org/Fair Trade - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • North Point - Org/Fair Trade

      Our house Organic Darjeeling blend of spring and autumn harvests. Just the right body - not too floral, not too astringent, medium cup but with the characteristic light Darjeeling note. Organic, Fair Trade & priced right. Use 1 generous tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep 3.5...

      $ 7.40
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